March 31, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- The 14th-ranked Lady Vols were dominant and the Vols had some bright spots of their own on Saturday, as Tennessee took on host UCLA and Washington State in men's and women's double dual meets at Drake Stadium.
On the strength of 12 event wins and five meet records, the UT women prevailed in both duals, defeating UCLA, 97-66, and topping Washington State, 99-63. The Vols captured five event victories but came out on the short end of team battles with the Bruins, 110-48, and Cougars, 92-66.
Senior Ellen Wortham had a hand in four victories and classmate Brittany Jones carded three wins, all of them meet records, to pace the Lady Vols. Freshman Jamol James and senior Terry Benson each posted individual event victories and runner-up finishes for the Vols, and Benson contributed to a relay triumph as well.
Wortham won the 400m hurdles at this meet for the second year in a row, posting an NCAA-leading 57.27 readout and also carded a career-best 13.58 in the 100m hurdles and a leap of 19-6 in the long jump to win those events. She ended the day by joining Kianna Ruff, Chanelle Price and Martinique Octave on the 4x400m relay, which Tennessee won with a 3:41.05 clocking.
While Jones wasn't part of as many wins, all three of her victories came in meet-record fashion and all three were marks among the NCAA's top 10 this season. Her 23.27 readout in the 200m ranks No. 4 in the nation, her career-best 11.47 in the 100m stands seventh and the 44.44 4x100m relay readout stands 10th. Joining her for that effort were Ashley Harris, Martinique Octave and Kia Jackson.
"Brittany Jones, with her win, meet records and PRs, was outstanding today," UT Director of Track & Field J.J. Clark said. "Ellen always puts up good efforts for us, and she always produces national-caliber marks. Today was no exception."
James gave the UT men a 100-meter dash crown at this meet for the second-straight season, logging a 10.53 readout to do so. He nearly collected a sprint sweep, finishing second to UCLA's Karlton Rolle in the 200m by one one-hundreth of a second with a career-best of 21.25. James was a member of UT's 4x100m relay tandem, which checked in second with a 40.09 performance that stands ninth nationally. Reggie Juin, Jarael Nelvis and Arnez Hardnick joined him for that mark.
Benson posted his best time ever in the 110m hurdles, riding a wind-aided 14.05 clocking to victory and a No. 12 national ranking. His personal record 52.13 left him in second place in the 400m hurdles and unable to repeat his sweep of 2011. He did, however, assist the 4x400m relay, as it closed out the meet in winning fashion with a 3:11.94 count that was three seconds ahead of the nearest team.
In the men's shot put, redshirt freshman Matthew Hoty picked up his first win of the outdoor season and third shot triumph of 2012. His mark of 59-9 3/4 moved him to No. 4 on the NCAA outdoor list this season and snapped the previous UT freshman outdoor record of 59-6 1/4, set by Rob Carlson in 1992.
Varick Tucker garnered UT's fifth win on the men's side, taking the 400 meters in 47.40 and finishing nearly a second ahead of the runner-up. The Vols also got second-place outings from freshman Tavis Bailey in the discus (176-4), Drew Thomas in the hammer throw (178-2) and Robert Rasnick in the pole vault (16-7 1/4).
"We have some good, young performers who had some quality marks at this meet," Clark said. "Matthew Hoty, Jamol James, Tavis Bailey, Chase Brannon and our 4x1 all put up marks that are good enough to score at the conference level and some of which are national-caliber.
"Our team is young, but we are making strides to be successful in the future. We are whacking the bushes recruiting, and when we combine the improving talent on hand with the recruits we are adding, we are going to be in a much better position as we move forward."
For the second year in a row, Annie Alexander was a double winner in the throws for the Tennessee women. The senior uncorked a toss of 56-5 1/4 to win and post the No. 3 mark in the NCAA this season. She added a triumph in the discus, as well, getting a mark of 174-10 that rates No. 5 nationally. Those were outdoor victories 12 and 22 of her career, respectively, in those events.
Price, Brittany Sheffey and Allison Outerbridge captured Tennessee's remaining three first-place finishes. Price won the 1500m in 4:27.15, Sheffey took the 3000m in a meet-record time of 9:34.66 and Outerbridge unleashed a personal-record and meet-record leap of 40-1 1/4 to capture the triple jump.
"The women had a very solid meet, especially for the second meet of the outdoor season," Clark said. "It was a balanced attack. At this point, coaches are still training through meets, so for us to perform so well is very positive.
"The idea at this type of meet is doing what you can to try to have a good showing, but at the same time you want to prepare your team to perform well in the future. I think we did a good job on both counts today."
The Vols and Lady Vols return to action next weekend, as they play host on Saturday to the Tennessee Challenge at Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium.
110m Hurdles: 1. Terry Benson, 14.05w (w: 2.5)
100m: 1. Jamol James, 10.53 (w: -0.1); 4. Arnez Hardnick, 10.78 (w: -0.1); 6. Reggie Juin, 10.93 (w: -0.1)
Shot Put: 1. Matthew Hoty, 59-9.75/18.23m!fr; 6. Tavis Bailey, 44-8.25/13.62m
400m: 1. Varick Tucker, 47.40; 6. Deaundra Dailey, 49.74
4x400m Relay: 1. Deaundra Dailey / Varick Tucker / Terry Benson / Michael Williams, 3:11.94
4x100m Relay: 2. Reggie Juin / Jamol James / Jarael Nelvis / Arnez Hardnick, 40.09
Hammer Throw: 2. Drew Thomas, 178-2/54.32m; 3. Deon McAdoo, 166-4/50.71m!
400m Hurdles: 2. Terry Benson, 52.13!; 5. Michael Williams, 54.26
Discus Throw: 2. Tavis Bailey, 176-4/53.75m; 6. Matthew Hoty, 163-2/49.74m!
Pole Vault: 2. Robert Rasnick, 16-7.25/5.06m; NM - Chase Brannon
200m: 2. Jamol James, 21.25! (w: 1.5); 4. Arnez Hardnick, 21.79! (w: 1.5); 6. Reggie Juin, 22.08! (w: 1.5); 7. Jarael Nelvis, 25.64 (w: 1.5)
Javelin Throw: 4. Chase Brannon, 193-2/58.89m!; 5. Luke Hadden, 192-10/58.79m
800m: 6. Garrek Thompson, 1:57.92
1500m: 8. Chris Bodary, 3:55.89!; 9. Nick Kaiser, 3:58.91!; 11. Daniel Tobin, 4:02.14
3000m: 8. Stephen Derlath, 8:49.45!; 9. Daniel Tobin, 8:50.65
4x100m Relay: 1. Ashley Harris / Brittany Jones / Martinique Octave / Kia Jackson, 44.44mr
100m: 1. Brittany Jones, 11.47!mr (w: 0.0); 2. Kia Jackson, 11.74 (w: 0.0)
200m: 1. Brittany Jones, 23.27mr (w: -0.2); 2. Martinique Octave, 24.17 (w: 0.2); 6. Ashley Harris, 24.36 (w: -0.2); 7. Kia Jackson, 24.54 (w: -0.2); 11. Kasha McDougald, 26.17 (w: 0.2); 13. Bianca Blair, 26.73! (w: 0.2)
3000m: 1. Brittany Sheffey, 9:34.66!mr; 6. Kelsey Kane, 10:08.38!
Triple Jump: 1. Allison Outerbridge, 40-1.25/12.22m!mr(w: 0.6); 6. Kasha McDougald, 36-4.75/11.09m (w: 0.7)
Shot Put: 1. Annie Alexander, 56-5.25/17.20m; 2. Aslynn Halvorson, 47-4.25/14.43m
Discus Throw: 1. Annie Alexander, 174-10/53.29m; 2. Aslynn Halvorson, 149-7/45.60m; 5. Jessie Harrison, 133-5/40.68m
100m Hurdles: 1. Ellen Wortham, 13.58! (w: 0.6); 2. Bianca Blair, 13.69 (w: 0.6); 6. Kasha McDougald, 14.35 (w: 0.9); 10. Kirstyn Sweeney, 15.19! (w: 0.9)
1500m: 1. Chanelle Price, 4:27.15; 4. Amber Zimmerman, 4:38.20!; 6. Elizabeth Altizer, 4:43.65; 8. Patavia Lowery, 4:47.78!; 9. Amirah Johnson, 4:52.09!
Long Jump: 1. Ellen Wortham, 19-6/5.94m (0.8); 5. Allison Outerbridge, 17-11.50/5.47m! (w: 0.3); 6. Kia Jackson,17-10.75/5.45m (w: 0.5); 10. Kasha McDougald, 17-2.25/5.24m (w:0.6)
4x400m Relay: 1. Kianna Ruff / Ellen Wortham / Chanelle Price / Martinique Octave, 3:41.05
400m Hurdles: 1. Ellen Wortham, 57.27; 6. Bianca Blair, 1:02.57; 8. Brittney Jackson, 1:04.23; 9. Kirstyn Sweeney, 1:06.38
Hammer Throw: 2. Jessie Harrison, 169-2/51.56m; 3. Laquoya Kelly, 165-10/50.55m
400m: 2. Kianna Ruff, 54.34; 3. Martinique Octave, 54.38!; 6. Ashley Harris, 56.36
Pole Vault: 3. Linda Hadfield, 13-0.75/3.98m
Javelin Throw: 5. Katherine Dresch, 127-7/38.89m!
High Jump: 5. Brittney Jackson, 5-3/1.60m
800m: 5. Charity Honeycutt, 2:13.91!; 7. Ty-Vonna Johnson, 2:16.36
* - NCAA Automatic Mark, ! - Personal Best, ^ - Oversized Track, $ - SEC Record, a - American Record, adv. - Advanced to next round, b - Banked Track, c - Collegiate Record, dna - Did Not Advance, dnf - Did Not Finish, dq - Disqualified, dnr - Did Not Run, F - Foul, f - Facility Record, fr - Freshman Record, fs - False Start, H - Heptathlon, h - Hand-Timed, mr - Meet Record, nm - No Mark, p - Time Run In Prelims, P - Pentathlon, sr - School Record, u - Undersized Track, w - World Record