MEET CENTRAL: T&F at New Balance
Kianna Ruff

Feb. 1, 2012

Feb. 3-4, 2012   |  All Day
The Armory   |   New York, N.Y.

  • More than 130 universities and colleges spanning both the nation and the globe will be at The Armory in New York City to compete in the 2012 New Balance Collegiate Invitational on Feb. 3-4.

  • Many of the nation's successful programs will be taking the `A' train uptown for the nation's biggest and best indoor college meet excluding the NCAA Championships. Joining Tennessee will be schools such as Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, BYU, Clemson, Duke, Georgetown, Kansas, LSU, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Southern Cal, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Villanova and many more.

  • In addition to those standout programs, colleges from Ireland, Puerto Rico, France and Canada will join in the 11th edition of this meet, which is contested at the New Balance Track Center inside The Armory.

  • A total of 16 Vols and 17 Lady Vols are slated to make the trip to The Armory, which is located in the Washington Heights neighborhood at 168th Street, between Broadway and Fort Washington Ave.

Noting The Big Orange

    Last Year's Highlights At The New Balance Collegiate Invitational
    * For the third straight meet, Justin Hunter claimed victory in the championship long jump, soaring to 25-10 1/4 in NYC at last season's New Balance Collegiate Invitational.
    * Joe Berry made a strong performance in the championship pole vault, taking second with a career-best indoor effort of 17-8 1/2 to pronounce himself healthy after a challenging 2010 season. He went on to sweep the SEC Indoor and Outdoor titles.
    * For the Lady Vols, Brittany Sheffey grabbed second in the championship mile in 4:44.14, while Ashley Harris checked in second in the college 200m final at 24.63.

    Big Orange NCAA Qualifiers/Top 20 National-Listers
    * The Lady Vol distance medley relay unit has earned its way to the NCAA Indoor Championship meet in Nampa, Idaho, on March 9-10. The tandem of Chanelle Price, Ellen Wortham, Nijgia Snapp and Brittany Sheffey turned in a time of 11:02.74 to finish second behind Oregon at the Texas A&M Mondo Challenge on Jan. 27. That mark, however, met the NCAA auto qualifying standard with the fifth-fastest mark ever by a UT quartet and the best run in January. They rank No. 3 nationally this week.
    * Annie Alexander was Tennessee's first NCAA indoor automatic qualifier of the 2012 season on Jan. 21, tossing the shot a school-record 58 feet and one inch at the Auburn Invitational. She ranks No. 3 nationally in the shot put this week.
    * Other Lady Vols ranked in the nation's top 20 in their respective events are Chanelle Price (4th, 800m, 2:05.33), Nijgia Snapp (20th, 800m, 2:08.50) and the 4x400m relay combo of Ellen Wortham, Brittany Jones, Price and Ruff (14th, 3:38.18).
    * Vols in the national top 20 include Chase Brannon (12th, pole vault, 17-5 1/2) and Matthew Hoty (17th, shot put, 60-0 1/2).

    Lady Vols 18th In USTFCCCA National Indoor Rankings
    * The Lady Vols are No. 18 this week after debuting at 17th on Jan. 24 in the USTFCCCA National Rankings. The Vols remain unranked.

    Tennessee Tackles Texas A&M Mondo Challenge
    * The Lady Vols and Vols represented the SEC (along with Florida) at the Texas A&M Mondo Challenge on Jan. 27-28, helping the league win the women's competition over the Pac-12 and Big 12 with 216 points. The Big 12 was second with 214, followed by the Pac-12 at 178. In the men's race, the Big 12 prevailed with 277.25 points, followed by the Pac-12 (227.25) and the SEC (164.50).
    * The Lady Vol DMR finished second but carded an NCAA auto mark in 11:02.74 with Chanelle Price, Ellen Wortham, Nijgia Snapp and Brittany Sheffey carrying the baton. That time was the No. 5 all-time indoor clocking by the Lady Vols and the fastest run in January by a UT quartet.
    * Price added a victory in the 800 meters, improving her season best to 2:05.33 and setting a meet record.
    * Vol pole vaulters Robert Rasnick (16-6), Chase Brannon (16-6 w/more attempts) and Tyler Porter (16-1 3/4) posted a one-two-three finish for Tennessee and the SEC.
    * Vol Matthew Hoty (59-4 3/4) and Lady Vol Annie Alexander (55-2 3/4) were runners-up in the men's and women's shot puts, respectively.
    * Lady Vol Kia Jackson added a second-place showing of 19-1 3/4 in the long jump. Honors For Chanelle Price On Jan. 31
    * Chanelle Price was named to the Primetime Performers Weekly Track & Field Honor Roll for her victory and meet record in the 800m (2:05.33) and her role as the lead-off leg for UT's runner-up and NCAA-qualifying distance medley relay unit (11:02.74) at the Texas A&M Mondo Challenge.

    UT Records This Season For Alexander, Hoty
    * Annie Alexander broke her 2009 Lady Vol indoor school record (57-2) in the shot put with a victorious toss of 58-1 at the Auburn Invitational on Jan. 21. That mark qualified her for NCAAs and gave her the 10th career indoor victory in the shot and second this season.
    * Two weekends in a row Matthew Hoty eclipsed the Vol freshman indoor mark in the shot put. His runner-up effort of 60-0 1/4 at the Auburn Invitational toppled his week-old mark of 58-7 1/2 from the Kentucky Invitational and moved him to No. 9 on UT's all-time indoor performers list in that event.

    SEC and Honors For Tennessee On Jan. 24
    * Lady Vol senior Annie Alexander picked up two honors on Jan. 24 for her effort the previous weekend at the Auburn Invitational. The senior was named the SEC Women's Field Athlete of the Week and was included on the Primetime Performers Weekly Track & Field Honor Roll.
    * Alexander was recognized after automatically qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships and breaking her own UT indoor shot put record with a victorious toss of 58-1 at the Auburn Inv. on Jan. 21.
    * Vol redshirt freshman Matthew Hoty was selected as the SEC Men's Freshman of the Week for his performance in the Auburn Invitational on Jan. 21.
    * For the second weekend in a row, Hoty toppled the UT freshman indoor record in the shot put. He propelled the ball 60-0 1/4 to take second at the Auburn meet and moved to No. 9 on UT's all-time indoor performers list in that event.

    Vols Sport Three 17-Foot Vaulters Indoors In 2012
    * UT has three pole vaulters over the bar at 17 feet in 2012. Sophomore Chase Brannon ranks eighth nationally at 17-5 1/2, while sophomore Tyler Porter and senior Robert Rasnick have cleared 17-0 3/4.
    * Five-time SEC champ Joe Berry has cleared 17-8 1/2 competing unattached this season and will utilize his final year of outdoor eligibility with the Vols, beginning with the SEC/Big 10 Challenge on March 23.

    Nijgia Snapp Named SEC Women's Runner of the Week on Jan. 17
    * A 2:08.55 effort in the 800 meters earned Nijgia Snapp a victory at the Kentucky Invitational and the nod as the Jan. 17 SEC Women's Runner of the Week.
    * Snapp's time ranked her No. 1 in the SEC and NCAA through that weekend's slate of competitions.
    * The win at UK was Snapp's first career triumph in the 800 as a Lady Vol after four runner-up efforts, including one at last year's Kentucky Invitational.

    January Roster Additions Are Aiding Vols
    * UT has added a pair of freshmen sprinters to the roster. Jamol James and Michael Williams are eligible and began competition at the Kentucky Invitational. View their bios via the roster page at
    * James is UT's top 60m sprinter (6.78), while Williams anchored the 4x400mR to its best time (3:13.04).

    Tennessee At A Glance

      Returning Indoor All-Americans

    • Justin Hunter - Men's Long Jump (1st team) [injured/expected to miss 2012 season]
    • Martinique Octave - Women's 4x400mR (2nd team)
    • Chanelle Price - Women's 800m (1st team), DMR (1st team)
    • Kianna Ruff - Women's 4x400mR (2nd team)
    • Brittany Sheffey - Women's DMR (1st team)
    • Nijgia Snapp - Women's DMR (1st team), 4x400mR (2nd team)
    • Ellen Wortham - Women's Pentathlon (1st team), DMR (1st team), 4x400mR (2nd team)

      Returning NCAA Indoor Scorers

    • 6. Chanelle Price - Women's 800m
    • 8. Justin Hunter - Men's Long Jump [injured/expected to miss 2012 season]
    • 8. Ellen Wortham - Women's Pentathlon
    • 8. DMR - Chanelle Price/Ellen Wortham/Nijgia Snapp/Brittany Sheffey

      Returning SEC Indoor Champions

    • Ashley Harris - Women's DMR
    • Chanelle Price - Women's 800m, DMR
    • Brittany Sheffey - Women's DMR

      Other Returning SEC Indoor Scorers

    • 2. Terry Benson back from Men's DMR
    • 3. Brittany Sheffey - Women's Mile
    • 3. Ellen Wortham - Women's Pentathlon
    • 5. Justin Hunter - Men's Long Jump [injured/expected to miss 2012 season]
    • 5. Nijgia Snapp - Women's 800m
    • 5. Women's 4x400mR - Wortham/Octave/Snapp/Ruff are back
    • 6. Joe Franklin - Men's 800m
    • 6. Kianna Ruff - Women's 800m
    • 6. Ellen Wortham - Women's High Jump
    • 6. Jessie Harrison - Women's Weight Throw
    • 7. Chris Bodary - Men's 5000m
    • 7. Robert Rasnick - Men's Pole Vault
    • 7. Men's 4x400mR - Deaundra Dailey/Jarael Nelvis/Varick Tucker are back
    • 8. Terry Benson - Men's 60m Hurdles
    • 8. Chase Brannon - Men's Pole Vault
    • 8. Aslynn Halvorson - Women's Shot Put
    • 8. Kia Jackson - Women's Long Jump

      Key Losses

    • Jackie Areson - Women's Distances (2011 NCAA Indoor 5000m champ; 2011 SEC Indoor 3000m, DMR champ; All-American/SEC Indoor Runner of the Year)
    • Liz Costello - Women's Distances (2011 SEC Indoor 5000m champ; 2011 SEC Outdoor 5000m, 10000m champ; All-American, SEC Indoor Co-High Point Scorer)
    • Dentarius Locke - Men's Sprints (2011 NCAA Indoor All-American in 60m; 2011 NCAA Outdoor All-American in 100m, 200m; 2nd, SEC Outdoor 100m; 3rd, SEC Outdoor 200m; SEC Outdoor Freshman Runner of the Year)
    • Peter Sigilai - Men's Middle Distances (2nd, SEC Indoor DMR; 3rd, SEC Indoor 800m)
    • Michael Spooner - Men's Distances (4th, SEC Outdoor 10000m, 8th, SEC Outdoor Steeplechase)

    Meet Notes





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