April 12, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee made its first appearance of the 46th-annual Sea Ray Relays on Thursday evening, as a pair of Lady Vols competed in the women's hammer throw at Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium.
Junior Jessie Harrison was UT's top performer of day two, carding a fifth-place finish at this meet for the second year in a row with a toss of 177 feet. Senior Laquoya Kelly joined Harrison in the competition, also making the final. Her mark of 160-6 left her ninth. Victoria Flowers of UConn collected the win, registering a measurement of 201-0.
On Friday, the meet swings into high gear, as 21 running events and nine field events are contested. The first field event, the men's open discus, gets under way at 12:15 p.m., while the initial race on the oval, the women's 3000m run, is slated to start at 12:35 p.m.
Saturday's schedule is packed with 30 running events and nine field events, but the fan-friendly "Sea Ray Showcase" will make its debut, offering fans a two-hour window (noon to 2 p.m.) to view the top men's and women's races in nine events. Those events include the 200m dash, 1500m run, 800m run, 400m hurdles, 400m dash and 100m dash, as well as the distance medley, 4x100m and 4x400m relays. UT's 2012 seniors also will be introduced on the track in front of the press box at 1:45 p.m.
! - personal record, DNF - did not finish, DNS - did not start, 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, w - wind-aided
Justin Balczak of Lake Superior State entered the final day as the Scott Hartman men's decathlon leader, and the freshman did what it took Thursday to finish with 6,917 points and walk away as the 2012 champion at the Sea Ray Relays.
The LSSU standout began day two with a win in the 110m hurdles, navigating the obstacles in 14.69 to generate 887 points. He followed by taking fifth in the discus throw (100-5; 476 pts.), pole vault (13-1 1/2; 617 pts.) and javelin throw (139-1; 477 pts.) before closing the competition with a runner-up showing in the 1500m (4:40.16; 679 pts.).
Arkansas State's William Oliver, who began the day in third place, finished in second at 6,892. Charlotte's Jake Wainwright, who began the afternoon in second place, fell to third with 6,869.
On Wednesday, Balczak also won only one event, taking the high jump with a leap of six-feet, seven inches to generate 813 points in that event and stand atop the leader board after five events with 3,781 points. In addition to the high jump win, Balczak was fourth in the 100m dash (11.53; 746 pts.), third in the long jump (22-3 ½; 764 pts.) and second in the shot put (40-9; 632 pts.) and 400m dash (49.76; 826 pts.).
Mariah Georgetown's final day of the Sea Ray Relays women's heptathlon didn't include any event victories, but her 5,099 total points for the two-day event were enough to propel the McNeese State sophomore to victory on Thursday afternoon.
Georgetown trailed Michigan's Erin Busbee by 71 points entering the final event, the 800 meters, but managed to post a time that was 18 seconds faster than that of the Wolverine. Her 2:25.69 800m readout was good for fourth place and 748 points and catapulted her to the overall victory. Busbee, meanwhile, wound up 11th in 2:44.26 for 525 points in the 800m and fell to third place overall for the competition at 4,947. Akira McSwain of UAB ended up second at 4,974.
In Georgetown's other two events on Thursday, she was fifth in the long jump (17-4; 637 pts.) and second in the javelin (96-6; 465 pts.).
On Wednesday, Georgetown grabbed the day-one lead with 3,249 points through four events, with Busbee in second at 3,146. The McNeese State standout claimed the 100m hurdles (13.68; 1,024 pts.), tied for first in the high jump (5-3 ¼; 747 pts.), placed fourth in the shot put (35-1; 575 pts.) and closed the day with a win in the 200m (24.82; 903 pts.).