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Tennessee Track & Field Holds 2008 Awards Banquet
Jangy Addy - Most Valuable Field Athlete, Ed Murphey Award, Dr. Jack Chesney Senior Academic Award and John Young Captain's Award winner

Jangy Addy - Most Valuable Field Athlete, Ed Murphey Award, Dr. Jack Chesney Senior Academic Award and John Young Captain's Award winner

Oct. 5, 2008

The Tennessee men's track and field team gathered Sunday at The Foundry in Knoxville to celebrate the 2008 season. About 150 people attended the two-hour ceremony, including athletes, families, coaches and special guests.

The 2008 season saw Tennessee post its 24th all-time top-five finish at an NCAA Championships with a fifth-place haul at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March. The Vols went on to finish 13th in at the NCAA outdoor meet. In all, Tennessee captured one individual NCAA title (Rubin Williams in the 200m indoors), 14 All-America honors, and four individual SEC championships. The 2008 squad also included two CoSIDA Academic All-Americas and 15 athletes selected to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

In addition to recognizing the 27 lettermen from the 2008 team, head coach Bill Webb, assistant head coach George Watts and assistant coach Norbert Elliot handed out a total of 15 awards to the 2008 squad members for various accomplishments throughout the season. Below are brief bios for the award winners.

Jangy Addy, who took home four awards including Most Valuable Field Athlete, was named SEC Indoor Field Athlete of the Year, won his fourth consecutive SEC multi-events crown when he captured the SEC decathlon title, became just the fifth UT athlete to eclipse the 8,000-point barrier in the decathlon with his performance in the SEC meet, set a collegiate-record of 13.70 in the decathlon 110 hurdles and set school record marks of 10.58 in the decathlon 100 and 53-6 1/2 in the decathlon shot put. He also recorded the highest national finish of his career with a second-place, 7,916-point showing in the decathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He also posted an NCAA outdoor meet record of 13.74 in the decathlon 110 hurdles and broke the NCAA indoor meet record for a heptathlon 60 with his 6.84 time. Addy also received the John Young Captain's Award, the Dr. Jack Chesney Senior Academic Award, and the Ed Murphey Award for most outstanding performance. He won the Ed Murphey Award for his world-record-tying run of 7.74 in the heptathlon 60 hurdles at the SEC Indoor Championships.

 

 

Joe Berry, who won the Most Valuable Freshman Award, was named SEC Freshman Field Athlete of the Year outdoors and named to SEC All-Freshman Team at the SEC Indoor Championships. He also became the first freshman since 1997 to win an SEC pole vault title. He claimed victories in seven of the 10 pole vault competitions during his first collegiate outdoor season, including one stretch of five in a row.

Steve Fassino, who received the James Snow Academic Award, was elected to the Thornton Center Honor Roll in each of his first two semesters on campus. On the track, he qualified for the USA Junior Championships by running a personal-best time of 32:11.19 in finishing second in the 10,000 at the Smoky Mountain Twilight. He went on to finish 11th after clocking a time of 32:29.66 at the USA Junior Championships.

Akeem Hardnett, who won the Most Improved Athlete Award, moved to ninth on Tennessee's all-time performance list in the triple jump (51-5 ¾). He also earned runner-up honors at the SEC Outdoor Championships with his personal-best leap of 51-5 3/4 in the triple jump. Throughout the season, he notched two top-five finishes and three other sixth-place finishes in triple jump competitions.

Mike Hogue, also honored with a Captain's Award, vaulted over the bar at 17-4 1/2 to finish sixth at the NCAA Indoor Championships and earn the third All-America certificate of his career. He is only the second athlete in SEC history and first since 1976 to win three-consecutive indoor conference pole vault crowns with his victory at SEC Indoors.

Blake Jones, who earned the Comeback of the Year Award after missing three-straight seasons, earned All-America honors after leading off Tennessee's 4x100 relay in the preliminary round of the NCAA Championships. He also took the baton for the first leg of Tennessee's victorious 4x100 relay team at the NCAA Mideast Region Championships, whose time of 38.98 ranks sixth on Tennessee's all-time performance list.

Nick Panezich, who claimed the Ironman Award, stands as the only athlete from the 2008 squad to qualify for the regional meet in three different individual events (shot, discus, hammer). He is ninth on Tennessee's all-time performance list in the hammer throw with a 193-9 mark and tenth on Tennessee's all-time performance list in the weight throw with his personal-best toss of 59-10 1/4 from the Big Ten-SEC Challenge.

Matthieu Pritchett, who was honored with a Captain's Award, earned his third All-America certificate after leading off Tennessee's fifth-place 4x100 relay team at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He also ran the first leg on Tennessee's second-place 4x100 relay at the SEC Outdoor Championships. His relay team's time of 38.82 ranks third in school history. Indoors, he advanced to his first national championship meet as an individual with his 6.68 time in the 60, which moved him to ninth on Tennessee's all-time performance list in that event.

Evander Wells, who won the Volunteer Award for the toughest competitor, earned his highest individual national finish by taking fourth in the 200 in 20.80 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He ended the season as the third-fastest sprinter in school history, moving to third on Tennessee's all-time performance list in the 100 and 200. Indoors, he earned the fourth All-America certificate of his career by placing sixth in the 200 with his time of 20.78 at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Rubin Williams took home two awards, the Career Achievement Award and the Most Valuable Track Athlete Award. He ended his career as the most-decorated All-America in school history with 17 honors and became the first sprinter in school history to earn four outdoor All-America honors in the 200. He also ranks eighth on Tennessee's all-time performance list with his time of 10.12 in the 100. He was the first SEC athlete to win three consecutive conference titles in the 200 since Justin Gatlin in 2001 and 2002.

Brenard Wilson, who won the Herb Neff Award for outstanding contribution by a freshman or walk-on, earned the highest SEC finish of his career by tying for fourth in the high jump with his season-best-matching clearance of 6-8 ¾. He also recorded a personal-best leap of 24-1 3/4 to finish seventh in the long jump at the SEC Outdoor Championships and qualify for the Mideast Regional.

2008 Track & Field Award Winners
James Snow Academic Award (Outstanding Academic Freshman)
Winner: Steve Fassino

Dr. Jack Chesney Senior Academic Award
Winner: Jangy Addy

Most Valuable Freshman Award
Winner: Joe Berry

Herb Neff Award (Contribution by a walk-on or freshman athlete)
Winner: Bernard Wilson

Comeback of the Year Award
Winner: Blake Jones

Most Improved Athlete Award
Winner: Akeem Hardnett

Volunteer Award (Toughest Competitor)
Winner: Evander Wells

Ironman Award
Winner: Nick Panezich

Career Achievement Award
Winner: Rubin Williams

Most Valuable Field Athlete Award
Winner: Jangy Addy

Ed Murphey Award (Most Oustanding Performance)
Winner: Jangy Addy

Will Pritchett Award (Most Dedicated Senior)
Winners: Matthieu Pritchett and Mike Hogue

John Young Captain's Award
2008 Captains: Jangy Addy, Mike Hogue, Matthieu Pritchett

Lifter of the Year Award
Winner: Evander Wells

Most Valuable Track Athlete Award
Winner: Rubin Williams

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