Jan. 21, 2011
By Eric Trainer
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- The University of Tennessee track & field teams got off to a productive start at the Hokie Invitational Friday night, posting 17 personal-best efforts, a victory and six other top-five finishes at Rector Field House.
For the Lady Vols, senior Jackie Areson won for the second time in as many meets this season. After debuting with a triumph in the 3000 meters at the Kentucky Invitational last Saturday, the owner of the NCAA's leading time in that event won the women's mile run on Friday night. Areson covered the distance in four minutes, 44.33 seconds to seize the mile title at this meet for the second straight year and post the nation's No. 2 mark thus far in 2011. Classmate Liz Costello, who ranks right behind Areson at No. 2 in the NCAA at 3K, placed third in the mile with a 4:50.87 readout, which stands 18th nationally.
"Jackie had her second race of the year and put together another nice performance," UT Director of Track & Field J.J. Clark said. "She looked good out there and delivered another win. Liz ran her second best mile time ever and had a good run as well. I was happy with the progress they both displayed tonight."
Vol Dentarius Locke posted his fourth-consecutive personal-record time in the 60-meter dash to grab second place and tie for the eighth-fastest clocking among NCAA men during this young campaign. The redshirt freshman logged a 6.71 effort in the preliminary round and lowered his PR to 6.70 in the final to improve from 12th to 10th on UT's all-time career performers list. Charleston Southern's Javon Young crossed the line in 6.65 to edge Locke for the victory.
Locke returned to the oval later in the evening to check in fourth in the 300m, stopping the clock in 33.96 for the No. 8 spot on UT's all-time performers list. Junior Deaundra Dailey wound up eighth in 34.34, which earned him the No. 12 position on the Vols' all-time list.
"Dentarius just keeps getting faster and faster every time he steps on the track," Clark said. "Norbert Elliott has been doing a good job getting him ready, and he is going to help us down the road in terms of our team's performance at championship meets."
After winning the 800m last weekend, UT freshman Kianna Ruff came right back and ran the fastest time among college athletes Friday night in the women's 600m. Her 1:32.77 mark was good enough for third place overall behind two post-collegiate runners and No. 7 all-time at UT in an event that isn't frequently contested but can be used to train for, and assess the likelihood for, success in the 800m.
"Kianna is progressing well," Clark said. "She is a very good freshman, and I am excited about her potential. She is learning how to execute on an indoor track, and to be No. 7 all-time in any event in this program is very impressive."
Tennessee added a fourth-place result in the women's 4x800m relay. The quartet of junior Charity Honeycutt, sophomore Elizabeth Altizer, freshman Amber Zimmerman and senior Kim White navigated the 3200-meter race in 9:22.56.
Lady Vols also collected finishes of fifth and seventh in the weight throw from junior Laquoya Kelly and sophomore Jessie Harrison. Kelly had a best toss of 55-8 1/4, while Harrison stretched the tape to 54-8 1/4.
Additionally, the Big Orange picked up top-10 finishes from junior Brittany Sheffey (8th, 5:00.03) and sophomore Ramzee Fondren (10th, 5:04.07) in the women's mile, junior Ellen Wortham in the women's 60m hurdles (8th, 8.71) and sophomore Drew Thomas in the men's weight throw (10th, 52-5 1/2).
The meet resumes at 10 a.m. on Saturday and is slated to conclude around 4 p.m. Live results are available at www.flashresults.com.
Mile: 1. Jackie Areson, 4:44.33b; 3. Liz Costello, 4:50.87b; 8. Brittany Sheffey, 5:00.03b; 10. Ramzee Fondren, 5:04.07b!; 22. Andrea Ferri, 5:53.18b 600m: 3. Kianna Ruff, 1:32.77b! 4x800mR: 4. Charity Honeycutt / Elizabeth Altizer / Amber Zimmerman / Kim White, 9:22.56b Weight Throw: 5. Laquoya Kelly, 55-8.25/16.97m; 7. Jessie Harrison, 54-8.25/16.67m; 15. Aslynn Halvorson, 46-10/14.27m 60mH Final: 8. Ellen Wortham, 8.71 60mH Prelims: Adv. Ellen Wortham, 8.55p!/2nd, ht. 3 (8th); 17. Bianca Blair, 8.84p/2nd, ht. 5 60m Prelims: 16. Kia Jackson, 7.62p/3rd, ht. 5; 17. Ashley Harris, 7.63p!/3rd, ht. 1; 21. Martinique Octave, 7.65p!/4th, ht. 2 Triple Jump: 19. Allison Outerbridge, 36-5.50/11.11m 300m: 24. Charity Honeycutt, 41.80b!; 31. Kim White, 42.62b!; 36. Kirstyn Sweeney, 43.52b! 3000m: DNF - Kelsey Kane
60m Final: 2. Dentarius Locke, 6.70! 60m Prelims: Adv. Dentarius Locke, 6.71p!/2nd, ht. 2 (2nd); 30. Reggie Juin, 7.13p/5th, ht. 4 300m: 4. Dentarius Locke, 33.96b!; 8. Deaundra Dailey, 34.34b!; 12. Varick Tucker, 34.64b! Weight Throw: 10. Drew Thomas, 52-5.50/15.99m 3000m: 11. Steve Fassino, 8:32.55b; 19. Chris Rapp, 8:38.68b; 23. Michael Spooner, 8:42.92b; 27. Tyler Freeman, 8:47.08b!; 31. Daniel Tobin, 8:54.85b Mile: 13. Joe Franklin, 4:20.70b!; 15. Jordan Chaney, 4:21.17b; 16. Chris Bodary, 4:21.87!; 21. Jake Rainey, 4:28.82b 600m: 18. Breon Dixon, 1:23.39b! 60mH Prelims: 18. Terry Benson, 8.28bp/4th, ht. 4; 33. Kevin Carney, 8.81bp!/8th,ht. 4
* - NCAA automatic qualifying mark, ! - personal record, b - banked track, DNF - did not finish, f - facility record, h - heat, m - meters, NM - no mark registered, NH - no height registered, p - preliminary round, sr - school record