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UT Track & Field Holds 2010 Awards Banquet
Desmond Brown nabbed a trio of awards at the banquet.

Desmond Brown nabbed a trio of awards at the banquet.

Oct. 3, 2010

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By Eric Trainer, Associate Director of Media Relations

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee men's and women's track & field teams recognized the top performers from the 2010 season Sunday evening, holding the first-ever combined Vol and Lady Vol Awards Banquet at the Holiday Inn World's Fair Park.

Lady Vol Phoebe Wright and Vol Evander Wells picked up the lion's share of the hardware, collecting seven and five awards, respectively. Wright also was recognized for previously earning the H. Boyd McWhorter SEC Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, which goes to the top student-athlete in any sport the conference offers.

Wright's haul included Most Valuable Lady Vol, Most Valuable Lady Vol - Indoor Track and Most Valuable Lady Vol - Outdoor Track. She also collected the Lady Vol Scholar Award, the Captain's Award, the Career Achievement Award and the John Stucky Lady Vol Lifter of the Year for her work in the weight room.

Wells, meanwhile, captured Most Valuable Vol, Most Valuable Vol - Indoor Track and Most Valuable Vol - Outdoor Track. He also collected the Career Achievement Award as well as the Ed Murphey Award, which goes to the athlete with the season's best performance.

Desmond Brown nabbed three awards, including Vol Freshman of the Year, the Herb Neff Award and Most Improved Vol Outdoor Athlete of the Year. Kyle Stevenson landed a trio of accolades as well, earning the Jon Young Vol Captain's Award, John Stucky Vol Lifter of the Year recognition and Vol Ironman Award.

On the women's side, Holly Kane also hit the trifecta. She was bestowed with the Lady Vol Herb Neff Award, Most Valuable Lady Vol Outdoor Field Event Athlete Award and the Community Service Award.

There also were other acknowledgements. UT Director of Track & Field J.J. Clark cited the women's team's runner-up finish at the NCAA Indoor Championship meet and competitors from that competition. That group included Annie Alexander, Jackie Areson, Chanelle Price, Brittany Sheffey, Ellen Wortham and Phoebe Wright. He recognized national championships in the 800 by Wright and in the distance medley relay from Wright, Wortham, Price and Sheffey.

Additionally, Clark presented Wright with her awards as the SEC's Indoor Track Athlete of the Year and the USTFCCA Division I National Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He also gave Wright and Areson their plaques for earning ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America honors. Wright was ESPN's All-American of the Year and garnered first-team honors for the second straight season.

2010 TENNESSEE TRACK & FIELD AWARDS

Lady Vol Scholar Award - Phoebe Wright

• Earned a 3.97 grade point average in the double major of biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology AND ecology and evolutionary biology • 2010 USTFCCCA National Division I Indoor Women's Track Scholar-Athlete of the Year • 2010 SEC Women's Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year • 2010 VOLSCARS Lady Vol Scholar-Athlete of the Year

James Snow Vol Freshman Academic Award - Patrick Crum

• Earned a 3.5 grade point average in his first year at UT • Named to the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll • Saw action in nine meets as a long jumper for the Vols in his rookie season

Lady Vol Freshman Scholar Award - Aslynn Halvorson

• Earned a 3.91 grade point average in her first season at Rocky Top • Named to the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll • Placed fifth in the discus at the SEC Outdoor Championships and went on to take third in that event at the USA Junior Championships

Dr. Jack Chesney Senior Academic Award - Matt Maloney

• Earned a 3.45 grade point average in ecology and evolutionary biology • 2010 SEC Track & Field Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year • Named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field Team and the SEC Academic Honor Roll

Lady Vol Community Service Award - Holly Kane

• Participated in no fewer than nine activities to better the community, both on and off campus • Was named to the SEC's Track & Field Community Service Team & Academic Honor Roll • Selected as the VOLSCARS Lady Vol Volunteer of the Year

Vol Community Service Award - Steve Fassino

• Participated in a least a half dozen volunteer activities in his spare time • Was named to the SEC's Track & Field Community Service Team • Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll

Lady Vol Spirit Award - Jená Murphy

• Participates in every team function there is and does so with great enthusiasm • In practice and at competitions, she is there hyping up her teammates and providing encouragement to everyone • Member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll

Will Pritchett Most Dedicated Senior Award - John Hewitt

• Rolled to a career-best time of 51.39 to place fourth in the 400m hurdles at the SEC Outdoor Championships and qualify for the NCAA East Preliminary Round • Ran the opening leg on UT's fifth-place 4x400m relay unit at the SEC Indoor Championships • Again named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team and the SEC Academic Honor Roll

Lady Vol Captain's Award - Kimarra McDonald & Phoebe Wright

Kimarra McDonald

• Returned in 2010 with only outdoor eligibility remaining and scored individually in the 800 meters at the SEC Outdoor Championship, taking sixth in a then-career best time on her home track. • Finished sixth in a career-best 2:04.19 at the NCAA East Preliminary Round to qualify for both the NCAA and USA Outdoor Championships • Member of UT's victorious 4x800m relay unit at the Penn Relays and the Lady Vols' fifth-place SEC Outdoor 4x4 tandem that qualified for and ran in the NCAA Championship meet.

Phoebe Wright

• Made the SEC and Thornton Center Academic Honor Roll all four years • Was the 2010 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American of the Year (Track & Field/Cross Country) and a first-team Academic All-American in each of the past two seasons • Willing and capable of running any event from the 400m to the 1500m or from the 4x400m relay to the 4x1500m relay to help her team

Jon Young Vol Captain's Award - John Hewitt & Kyle Stevenson

John Hewitt

• Posted six top-five finishes in the 400m hurdles • Scored individually in SEC competition for the first time in his career, placing fourth in the 400m hurdles at the outdoor meet in a personal-record 51.39 • Ran on UT's 4x200m and 4x400m relays outdoors and assisted UT's fifth-place SEC 4x4 unit indoors

Kyle Stevenson

• Finished seventh in both the 100 and 200 meters at the SEC Outdoor Championships • Qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships field in the 200-meter dash • Advanced to the semifinal round of both the 100 and 200 at the USA Outdoor Championships

Lady Vol Freshman of the Year - Jessie Harrison

• Set the Lady Vol freshman records in the weight and hammer throws • Carded a sixth-place finish in the weight at the SEC Indoor Championships with a career-best toss of 60 feet, 4 ½ inches • Finished 10th in the hammer throw at the SEC Outdoor meet and qualified for the USA Outdoor Championships, where she placed sixth

Vol Freshman of the Year - Desmond Brown

• Recorded a seventh-place finish in the long jump at his first SEC Indoor Championship meet, sailing to 24 feet, 10 ½ inches • Posted an indoor career-best jump of 25 feet to place fifth in the championship division at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York City • Carded two other personal best jumps during the indoor campaign

Lady Vol Herb Neff Award - Holly Kane

• Uncorked a career-best throw of 142-10 in the javelin to score in fifth position at the SEC Outdoor Championships • Her effort at the league meet moved her to No. 10 on the UT all-time performers list in the javelin • Posted four other top-five javelin finishes during the campaign, including her second straight meet win at the Tennessee Invitational

Vol Herb Neff Award - Desmond Brown

• Placed fifth outdoors and seventh indoors in the long jump at the SEC Championships • Recorded four PRs in the long jump during the outdoor season and three indoors, including his outdoor best of 25 feet, 9 ¼ inches at the SEC Outdoor meet • Sailed to a wind-aided mark of 25-9 ½ to place seventh at the USA Championships

Lady Vol Comeback of the Year Award - Brittany Sheffey

• Brittany redshirted the 2009 campaign due to illness, but bounced back strong with four SEC runner-up efforts and an NCAA relay championship indoors • Was the SEC Indoor runner-up in the mile and 3000m and later anchored UT's distance medley relay to victory in dramatic fashion • Was the SEC Outdoor runner-up in the 1500m and 5000m as well

Vol Comeback of the Year Award - Michael Spooner

• After finishing 11th in the 3K and 5K at the SEC Indoor meet, Michael worked hard to bounce back with a stronger outdoor campaign in 2010 • Turned in sixth-place finishes in the 3000m steeplechase and the 10,000m at the SEC Outdoor Championships • Recorded career bests in the steeplechase, 5K and 10K during the course of the outdoor campaign and qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round in the longer of those three races

John Stucky Lady Vol Lifter of the Year - Phoebe Wright

• Presented to the hardest-working Lady Vol in the weight room, in memory of the former UT Athletic Trainer

John Stucky Vol Lifter of the Year - Kyle Stevenson

• Presented to the hardest-working Vol in the weight room, in memory of the former UT Athletic Trainer

Most Improved Lady Vol Indoor Athlete of the Year Award - Jackie Areson

• Jackie rose from an SEC caliber runner to a national caliber one last season • She won the 5K and anchored the DMR to victory at the SEC Indoor meet and then claimed third in the 5K and fourth in the 3K at the NCAA Indoor meet as UT finished second • Along the way, she rewrote the school indoor records in the 3000m (9:07.27) and the 5000m (15:53.12)

Most Improved Vol Indoor Athlete of the Year Award - Steve Fassino

• Recorded a 10th-place finish in the steeplechase at the SEC Outdoor Championships and was ninth in the Olympic Development steeple at the Penn Relays with a career-best time of 9:16.97 • Had PRs in the mile, 3000m and 5000m indoors • Also carded a career best in the 10,000m outdoors

Most Improved Lady Vol Outdoor Athlete of the Year Award - Brittany Sheffey

• Redshirted in 2009, but went from a 13th-place finish in the SEC Outdoor 5000m race in 2008 to runner-up in 2010 • Improved from fifth in the SEC 1500m in 2008 in 4:25.76 to runner-up in 2010 in a then-career-best 4:19.34 • Lowered her 1500m PR to 4:18.74 at the NCAA East Preliminary Round to qualify for the NCAA Championship meet and also posted an 800 PR of 2:06.86 during the season

Most Improved Vol Outdoor Athlete of the Year Award - Desmond Brown

• Went from a season-best mark of 21-11 in 2009 to 25-9 ¼ in 2010 • Recorded four PRs during the season, including the final one to take fifth at the SEC Championships • Improved his lifetime-best mark to 25-9 ½ at the USA Outdoor Championships to place seventh with a wind-aided effort

Lady Vol Coaches Award - Chanelle Price

• Indoor All-American and All-SEC Indoor Second-Team recipient • Second at SECs and fourth at NCAAs in the 800 and ran on the Lady Vols' NCAA and SEC champion DMR units • Ran on UT's victorious 4x800m and 4x1500m quartets at the Penn Relays

Vol Ironman Award - Kyle Stevenson

• Ran the 100, 200, 300 and 400 meters individually and participated on the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400m relays outdoors as well as handling the 60, 200 and 4x4 indoors • Made the finals in the 100 and 200 at SEC Outdoors, securing seventh place in each race • Recorded career bests in the 60 and 200 indoors and 100 and 300 outdoors

Ilrey Oliver Sparks Memorial Award (Toughest Lady Vol Competitor) - Ellen Wortham (Wortham best exemplifies the late Lady Vol's penchant for "bringing it" in everything she did en route to 15 All-America citations)

• National champion and All-American as the 400 leg on UT's NCAA champion DMR unit as well as a Penn Relays champion in that event • Finished fourth at SEC Indoors in the pentathlon and ran on the sixth-place 4x4 indoors and fifth-place tandem outdoors • Outdoors, she was the SEC runner-up in the 400m hurdles, an NCAA qualifier and the eighth-place finisher in that event at the USA Championships

Volunteer Award (Toughest Vol Competitor) - Joseph G. Franklin III

• Sixth-place finisher in the 800m at the SEC Indoor and Outdoor meets • Ran the 800 leg on UT's seventh-place SEC Indoor DMR unit • Member of the Vols' fifth-place 4x800m unit and sixth-place DMR quartet at the Penn Relays

Most Valuable Lady Vol Indoor Track Athlete - Phoebe Wright

• Won the SEC and NCAA Indoor 800m run titles • Ran the opening leg on UT's victorious SEC and NCAA champion distance medley relay units • Played an instrumental role in the Lady Vols finishing second as a team at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships

Most Valuable Vol Indoor Track Athlete - Evander Wells

• Produced a fourth-place SEC Indoor finish in the 200m and a seventh-place result in the 60m • Qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in both events • Won four 60m races and two 200m races during the season, and had five other runner-up efforts between those two events

Most Valuable Lady Vol Indoor Field Athlete - Annie Alexander

• Placed second in the SEC Indoor Championships in the shot put for the second straight season • Again qualified for the NCAA Indoor meet and came away with a ninth-place finish • Produced top-three finishes in five of her six shot competitions last season

Most Valuable Vol Indoor Field Athlete - Robert Rasnick

• In his first season of competition as a Vol, he placed sixth in the pole vault at the SEC Indoor meet • Posted his indoor career best at the Virginia Tech Final Qualifier, clearing 17-1 ½ • One of two other PR performances came at the Rod McCravy Memorial meet, where he sailed over 17-0 ¾ to take second-place honors

Most Valuable Lady Vol Outdoor Track Athlete - Phoebe Wright

• Swept NCAA and SEC Outdoor 800m run crowns, including the league title on her home track • Helped Tennessee win three baton event Championships of America at the Penn Relays for the second consecutive season, running the fastest 800m split in the 4x800m relay in meet history at 2:00.89 • Set UT outdoor 800m record (1:58.22) against an international field at the Prefontaine Classic

Most Valuable Vol Outdoor Track Athlete - Evander Wells

• Among the national and world leaders during the season, he won five 200m races outdoors and wound up fourth at the USA Championships, fourth at the NCAA Championships and eighth at the SEC Championships • He finished fourth at SEC Outdoors and seventh at USAs in the 100m dash • He also ran a leg on UT's sixth-place 4x200m tandem at the Penn Relays

Most Valuable Lady Vol Outdoor Field Athlete - Holly Kane

• Competed in seven javelin competitions, posting five top-five finishes • Marquee effort was a career-best toss of 142-10 to snare fifth at the SEC Outdoor meet • Also had then-personal record tosses at the FSU Relays and Pepsi Florida Relays

Most Valuable Vol Outdoor Field Athlete - Matt Maloney

• Qualified for his fourth NCAA Championship meet in the javelin throw • Placed fourth in the javelin at the SEC Championships with a toss of 217 feet, three inches • Won the javelin throw at three meets, including a season best of 230-11 at UCSD Triton Invitational

H. Boyd McWhorter SEC Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year - Phoebe Wright

• Chosen the top female student-athlete in the entire Southeastern Conference, based on her athletic and academic credentials • Again, in the classroom, she earned a 3.97 GPA and was the Academic All-American of the Year in track & field • In competition, she swept the NCAA and SEC titles in the 800 meters and was part of Tennessee's third straight NCAA Indoor title in the distance medley relay and fourth consecutive SEC crown in that event

Ed Murphey Award (Most Outstanding Vol Performance) - Evander Wells

• In a season of spectacular performances, his best effort came at the USA Outdoor Championships • Rolled through two qualifying rounds and capped his stay in Des Moines with a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter dash in a wind-aided season best of 20.31 • Also advanced to the final round of the 100 meters, winding up his season with a seventh-place clocking of 10.39

Most Valuable Lady Vol Athlete - Phoebe Wright

• 2010 VOLSCARS Lady Vol Athlete of the Year • 2010 SEC Indoor Women's Runner of the Year • 2010 USTFCCCA Outdoor South Region Women's Track Athlete of the Year

Most Valuable Vol Athlete - Evander Wells

• Posted Tennessee's fastest times in the 60m, 100m, 200m and 300m dashes last season, including a school record of 32.72 in the 300 at the Tennessee Invitational • Qualified for both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor meets, finishing fourth in the 200 outdoors, and running the 60 and 200 indoors • Scored at the SEC meets in the 60 and 200 indoors and the 100 and 200 outdoors, making it 20 times he produced points at the conference meet for the Vols

Lady Vol Career Achievement Award - Phoebe Wright

• She was a nine-time All-American and five-time NCAA champion • She was a 14-time SEC scorer and seven-time SEC champion • Won six Penn Relays Championships of America along the way • Owner of two world records and the holder of American and collegiate records in three other relay events to go along with one SEC meet record and six school bests

Vol Career Achievement Award - Evander Wells

• Qualified for all eight NCAA Championship meets during his career, earning All-America accolades on eight occasions • 20-time SEC scorer, including an SEC relay championship • Ranks among the top 10 in school history in the 60, 100, 200 and 300 meters

 

 

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