June 17, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Two future Lady Vols produced top-five finishes Sunday on the final day of the USA Junior Track & Field Championships at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex.
Cassie Wertman, a signee from Holland, Ind., and Southridge High School, turned in the finest outcome of the weekend by a woman affiliated with the Tennessee program. She missed earning a berth to the IAAF World Junior Championships by a half inch, carding a mark of 50 feet, 4 1/2 inches to place third in the women's shot put. Torie Owers finished just ahead, uncorking a toss of 50-4 3/4 to nab the second of the U.S. bids to the world meet.
Felicia Brown, meanwhile, rolled to a career-best time of 53.11 seconds to notch a fifth-place finish in the women's 400m final. The future Lady Vol's clocking was an improvement over her previous personal record of 53.46, which she ran in the first round on Saturday.
Shot Put Final: 3. Cassie Wertman, 50-4.50/15.35m
400m Final: 5. Felicia Brown, 53.11!
400m First Round: Adv. Felicia Brown, 53.46p!/2nd, ht. 1 (7th)
200m First Round: DNA - Felicia Brown, 24.32p/5th, ht. 3 (12th)
1500m First Round: 21. Amirah Johnson (Tennessee), 4:49.21p
400m Hurdles Final: 6. Michael Williams (Tennessee), 53.34
Pole Vault Final: 3. Jake Blankenship, 16-8.75/5.10m
Hammer Throw Final: 21. Cameron Brown, 173-6/52.88m
400m Hurdles First Round: Adv. Michael Williams (Tennessee), 52.86p!/4th, ht. 1 (6th)
1500m First Round: 25. Kyle Walter (Tennessee), 4:05.75p
! - personal record, Adv. - Advanced to next round, DNA - did not advance, 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, utfr - UT freshman record, w - wind-aided