Feb. 4, 2011
NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Lady Vol distance medley relay didn't get the finish it was hoping for, but Tennessee's quartet still posted one of the best times in the nation Friday night at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational.
The Lady Vols posted a season-topping 11:12.40 readout with Brittany Sheffey, Ellen Wortham, Chanelle Price and Liz Costello handling the baton at The Armory. That mark ranks the quartet No. 7 in the nation this season. The UT men also finished sixth. The Vols, with Peter Sigilai, Terry Benson, Joe Franklin and Daniel Tobin carrying the stick, came away with a season-best clocking of 9:57.70.
In the Championship division of the men's long jump, rookie Justin Hunter won his third consecutive long jump title to remain undefeated in 2011. While the true freshman didn't eclipse the 26-foot mark as he had done in his previous two meets, he still had enough hops to soar 25-feet, 10 1/4 inches and easily defeat a field of NCAA-qualified competitors like LSU's Zedric Thomas (2nd, 21-10 3/4) and Damar Forbes (3rd, 21-9 1/2). The had entered the meet ranked second and third in the nation to Hunter's seventh.
"Justin consistently has been jumping high-25, low-26 feet this season, which is very impressive for a freshman," UT Director of Track & Field J.J. Clark said. "He had a bigger jump tonight than two or three guys ranked ahead of him on the national list, which is nice to see, but our focal point is cleaning up his mechanics. We'll continue to work on that and prepare him to take the next step."
In the Championship final of the men's 60-meter dash, redshirt freshman Dentarius Locke rolled down the straightaway in a career-best readout of 6.66 seconds to snare third-place just behind LSU's Horatio Williams (6.64) and Hampton's Reggie Dixon (6.65). Dixon entered ranked second in the nation, while Williams was fourth. With his effort Saturday night, Locke joined them in the nation's top 10, just 6/100ths of a second off the NCAA auto mark. He also rose to No. 7 on UT's all-time performers list.
"Dentarius posted one of the fastest times in the country tonight, taking a big jump from 6.70 to 6.66," Clark said. "He is doing what we expected him to do when he came to Tennessee, and it is nice to see him be able to accomplish these tasks."
In the Championship men's 5000m run, sophomore Chris Bodary turned in a career-best time of 14:21.14 to earn a fifth-place finish. That mark put Bodary No. 9 on UT's all-time performers list, making him the first to crack that list since Zach Sabatino in 2006.
Elsewhere for the Tennessee, redshirt freshman Aslynn Halvorson was seventh in the Championship division of the women's shot put at 46-11 3/4, redshirt freshman Daniel Tobin was seventh in the Eastern College division of the men's 3000m in a career-best 8:35.70 and freshman Ford Bell debuted on the UT all-time performers list at No. 8 in the men's 1000 meters at 2:27.82 after finishing 11th.
Finally, the Lady Vols advanced two to Saturday finals in the sprints. In the championship division of the 400 meters, sophomore Martinique Octave covered the distance in a career-best 55.26 to rank 10th of the qualifiers. In the college women's division of the 200 meters, junior Ashley Harris moved along, winning heat four in a time of 24.69. She is third-fastest of the qualifiers.
Tennessee returns to the track Saturday morning at 9:15 to participate in the second and final day of competition.
FRIDAY RESULTS AT NEW BALANCE COLLEGIATE INVITATIONAL
Championship Distance Medley Relay: 6. Brittany Sheffey / Ellen Wortham / Chanelle Price / Liz Costello, 11:12.40b
Championship Shot Put: 7. Aslynn Halvorson, 46-11.75/14.32m; 36. Laquoya Kelly, 40-5/12.32m
College 200m Prelims: Adv. Ashley Harris, 24.69bp/1st, ht. 4 (3rd); 53. Bianca Blair, 26.28bp/4th, ht. 13
Championship 400m Prelims: Adv. Martinique Octave, 55.26bp!/3rd, ht. 2 (10th); 13. Kianna Ruff, 55.85bp!/n/a
Championship 60m Prelims: 17. Kia Jackson, 7.49p!/4th, ht. 8; 38. Martinique Octave, 7.65p/7th, ht. 8; 44. Brittany Jones, 7.72p/6th, ht. 4; 45. Ashley Harris, 7.72p/4th, ht. 9
Championship 60m Hurdles Prelims: 20. Ellen Wortham, 8.56p/3rd/ht. 7; 30. Bianca Blair, 8.73p/3rd, ht. 8
Championship Long Jump: 23. Jazmen Townsend, 17-9.75/5.43m; 39. Kia Jackson, 17-3.25/5.26m
College 400m Prelims: 23. Charity Honeycutt, 57.74p!/2nd, ht. 11; 46. Kim White, 59.12p/4th, ht. 12
Championship Pole Vault: NH - Linda Hadfield, F
Championship Long Jump: 1. Justin Hunter, 25-10.25/7.88m; 14. Desmond Brown, 22-11.25/6.99m
Championship 60m Final: 3. Dentarius Locke, 6.66!
Championship 60m Prelims: Adv. Dentarius Locke, 6.73p/1st, ht. 4 (5th); 24. Jarael Nelvis, 6.93p/2nd, ht. 6
Championship 5000m: 5. Chris Bodary, 14:21.14b!; 16. Steve Fassino, 15:31.29b
Championship Distance Medley Relay: 6. Peter Sigilai / Terry Benson / Joe Franklin / Daniel Tobin, 9:57.70b
Eastern College Men's 3000m: 7. Daniel Tobin, 8:35.70b!; 14. Jake Rainey, 8:41.42b!
Championship 1000m: 11. Ford Bell, 2:27.82b!; 17. Jordan Chaney, 2:29.05b!
Championship 400m Prelims: 12. Varick Tucker, 48.54bp/3rd, ht. 5; 15. Deaundra Dailey, 48.70bp/2nd, ht. 6
Championship 60m Hurdles Prelims: 18. Terry Benson, 8.21p!/5th, ht. 3
Championship Shot Put: 25. Ben Bartholomew, 49-11.25/15.23m
College 400m Prelims: 41. Terry Benson, 50.18p/3rd, ht. 13
* - NCAA automatic qualifying mark, ! - personal record, ^ - oversized track, b - banked track, DNF - did not finish, DQ - disqualified, F - foul, fr - facility record, FS - false start, h - heat, m - meters, mr - meet record, NM - no mark registered, NH - no height registered, p - preliminary round, sr - school record