April 2, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- After hitting the road each week of the indoor season and the first two weekends of the outdoor slate, the Tennessee track & field team will be glad to run, jump and throw in the friendly confines of its own venue. The Vols and Lady Vols will play host to a pair of upcoming meets at UT's Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium.
On Saturday, the Big Orange squads will welcome Akron, Carson-Newman, East Tennessee State, Louisville and North Carolina A&T to town for the Tennessee Challenge. Admission is free and parking should be plentiful on campus for the non-scored competition.
Field event action at the Tennessee Challenge gets underway at 9 a.m. with the men's hammer throw. The women's hammer will follow immediately afterward, while the women's pole vault will swing into gear at 11:30. a.m. The men's javelin and men's and women's long jumps will start at noon, with the rest of the events being contested from that point on.
On the oval, the women's and men's 3000m steeplechase races will kick things off at 12:30 and 12:45 p.m., respectively. From 1 p.m. on, women's and men's races in the 4x100m relay, 1500m, 100m/110m hurdles, 400m, 100m, 800m, 400m hurdles, 200m, 3000m and 4x400m relays will be contested. The final event is expected to go off at 4:15 p.m.
On April 11-14, Knoxville will welcome a plethora of college teams and post-collegiate competitors to East Tennessee for the 46th running of the Sea Ray Relays. Combined events (women's heptathlon/men's decathlon) begin at 1 p.m. on Wednesday and noon on Thursday. Friday action gets underway at 12:15 p.m., while Saturday's brand new Sea Ray Showcase is set to start at noon.
Being offered for the first time in the meet's history, the Sea Ray Showcase features a two-hour window that includes only the top men's and women's heats and sections for nine events. Taking place during the Sea Ray Showcase from noon to 2 p.m. will be the 200m, 1500m, 800m, 400m hurdles, 400m and 100m as well as the distance medley, 4x100m and 4x400m relays. On the infield, the women's invitational discus, men's high jump, men's and women's long jump and women's javelin will be underway.
Tennessee's seniors also will be recognized on the track during a brief ceremony at 1:45 p.m. during the Sea Ray Showcase. In addition to the showcase events, a full slate of field events will be taking place on Saturday, beginning with the men's hammer throw at 8:45 a.m. Immediately after the showcase, the meet climaxes with a bevy of relay races, running from 2:10 to 5:45 p.m.
Admission for the 46th-annual Sea Ray Relays is free. Parking will be limited on campus from Wednesday to Friday, but Saturday should offer a better selection of spots with fewer students on campus.