March 12, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - Ten Tennessee student-athletes competed in the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships over the weekend, and all of them have earned All-America acclaim, the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association confirmed Monday.
Making the USTFCCCA Indoor First Team were senior Brittany Jones, junior Martinique Octave, sophomore Kianna Ruff and senior Ellen Wortham. The Lady Vol quartet collaborated on a sixth-place finish in the women's 4x400m relay, carding a season-best and number-seven all-time UT indoor mark of three minutes, 34.13 seconds.
A pair of first-time Vol NCAA competitors picked up second-team recognition. Redshirt freshman Matthew Hoty earned his via a 15th-place toss of 59-10 1/2 in the men's shot put, while sophomore Chase Brannon was 16th in the men's pole vault at 17-4 1/2.
Seven Lady Vols also earned second-team accolades. Senior Chanelle Price (9th, 800m, 2:05.95), senior Annie Alexander (12th, shot put, 53-0 1/4) and Wortham (14th, 400m, 54.20) collected individual honors, while junior Nigjia Snapp, Jones, Ruff and senior Brittany Sheffey picked up kudos for their 11th-place finish in the distance medley relay.
Shot Put: Matthew Hoty (15th)
Pole Vault: Chase Brannon (16th)