Tennessee Closes Out SEC Championships
Mo. – The Tennessee track & field team collected seven top-five
finishes to close out the final day of competition at the 2013 SEC
Outdoor Championships in Columbia, Mo.
some good things materialize,” said Tennessee Director of Track &
Field/Cross Country J.J. Clark. “I know where I want to be and how we
are going to get there and that’s my goal. Not to overlook the good
things that happened from a good, young group.”
Vols picked up 10 points early in the day from the pole vault. After
placing fourth in the event a year ago at the SEC Outdoor
Championships, Chase Brannon medaled with a third-place showing. The
junior cleared 5.11m/16-feet 9.25-inches and 5.26m/17-3 with ease on
his first attempts. Approaching 5.41m/17-9, Brannon missed his first
two attempts before clearing it on his final attempt.
wind was in my face on my third attempt so I knew I couldn’t slow down
at all or I wouldn’t get any penetration into the pit and wouldn’t make
the bar,” Brannon said. “I just tried to run as hard as I could all the
way through to the end and work on some technical cues I’ve been
working on in practice. I was able to get over it on my third which I’d
rather do it on my first, but to get over 17-9 is always good, on any
attempt for me.”
Brannon’s third-place finish gave
the UT men six points, while freshman Jake Blankenship placed fifth
after clearing 5.26m/17-3, earning the Vols four more points.
Matthew Hoty contributed two more points for the Vols with his
seventh-place finish in the discus throw with a mark of 51.07m/167-6.
Sophomore teammate Tavis Bailey finished 10th with his throw of
The men’s 4x400m relay, consisting
of Terrance Livingston, Michael Williams, Antonio Carter and Jarael
Nelvis, ran its fastest race of the season finishing in 3:08.20 to take
seventh place, while the men’s 4x100m relay corps of Arnez Hardnick,
Reginald Juin, Jamol James and Nelvis placed eighth with a time of
On the women’s side, the sprinters paced
Tennessee. Senior Kia Jackson garnered fifth-place honors and four
points for the Lady Vols, finishing in 11.56 (w: +0.4) in the 100m.
Freshman Felicia Brown placed fourth in the 200m with a 23.22 (w: +1.3)
mark in her first SEC Outdoor Championships.
upperclass duo of Kianna Ruff and Nijgia Snapp finished 4-5 in the 800m
run, as St. Louis native Ruff ran a 2:06.08 and Snapp finished on her
heels at 2:07.19.
“She’s (Kianna) always pretty
tough young lady and she runs the best of her ability,” Clark said.
“She gave her best for Tennessee in the 800m and the back of the
4x400m. We need that.”
In her final SEC showing, senior Bianca Blair placed seventh in the 110m hurdles at 13.95.
the 4x100m relay, Brown, Blair, Jackson and freshman Emily Yarnell
bolted to a fourth-place finish in the quartet’s fastest time of the
year at 45.22.
“The improvement that I see is that we have some
young kids who are committed to winning; we just have to get more,”
Clark said. “There are some people that were either banged up or
didn’t do what they were supposed to do or are young and know they can
compete at this level now. It’s a matter of us going back and making
sure that they’re where they need to be. There were definitely some
good moments, like I said. We just have to continue to move forward and
that’s what I believe he is seeing in our group.”
Lady Vols totaled 38.50 points over the weekend to take ninth place,
while the Vols finished 11th in the conference with 33 tallies.
Tennessee will return to action May 23-25 when the team travels to Greensboro, N.C., for the NCAA East Preliminary.
VOL RESULTS AT THE SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Pole Vault: 3. Chase Brannon, 5.41m/17-9; 5. Jake Blankenship, 5.26m/17-3; nm. Tyler Porter; nm. Michael Maira
Discus: 7. Matthew Hoty, 51.07m/167-6; 10. Tavis Bailey, 50.39m/165-4
4x400 Relay: 7. Terrance Livingston / Michael Williams / Antonio Carter / Jarael Nelvis, 3:08.20
4x100 Relay: 8. Arnez Hardnick / Reginald Juin / Jamol James / Jarael Nelvis, 39.94
18. Kyle Walter, 14:51.35; 20. Chris Bodary, 14:53.82; 24. Peter
Okwera, 15:00.10; 31. Daniel Tobin, 15:16.26; 32. Stephen Derlath,
15:21.70; 35. Austin Whitelaw, 15:58.26
Shot Put: 2. Matthew Hoty, 18.87m/61-11; 5. Tavis Bailey, 18.03m/59-2
Javelin Throw: 8. Kyle Quinn, 202-11/61.85m
3000m Steeplechase: 8. Daniel Tobin, 9:17.80
Long Jump: 18. Jamol James, 6.60m (w: +2.4)/21-8
1500m Prelims: dna. Jeremy Dickie, 4:00.48/Ht. 1, 12th (21st); dna. Kyle Walter, 4:02.58/Ht. 1, 13th (23rd)
Prelims: dna. Jamol James, 10.38 (w: +3.6)/Ht. 2, 3rd (12th); dna.
Jarael Nelvis, 10.42 (w: +3.6)/Ht. 2, 4th (18th); dna. Reginald Juin,
10.91 (w: +1.7)/Ht. 5, 7th (32nd)
Prelims: dna. Terrance Livingston, 1:51.93/Ht. 3, 3rd (16th); dna.
Antonio Carter, 1:52.64/Ht. 2, 6th (20th); dna. Nick Kaiser,
1:53.85/Ht. 3, 6th (25th); dna. Breon Dixon, 1:54.24/Ht. 1, 8th (27th)
Prelims: dna. Arnez Hardnick, 21.27 (w: +1.7)/Ht. 4, 4th (14th); dna.
Jarael Nelvis, 21.35 (w: +2.7)/Ht. 2, 3rd (16th); dna. Jamol James,
21.65 (w: +1.4)/Ht. 6, 4th (24th)
400m Hurdles Prelims: dna. Michael Williams, 53.96/Ht. 2, 4th (14th)
Hammer Throw: 6. Drew Thomas, 198-0/60.37m!; 14. Cameron Brown, 170-10/52.07m; 15. Deon McAdoo, 164-02/50.04m
LADY VOL RESULTS AT THE SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS
4x100m Relay: 4. Felicia Brown / Bianca Blair / Kia Jackson / Emily Yarnell, 45.22
800m: 4. Kianna Ruff, 2:06.08; 5. Nijgia Snapp, 2:07.19
200m: 4. Felicia Brown, 23.22
100m: 5. Kia Jackson, 11.56 (w: +0.4)
Shot Put: 6. Cassie Wertman, 15.86m/52-0 1/2; 17. Aslynn Halvorson, 12.90m/42-4
100m Hurdles: 7. Bianca Blair, 13.95 (w: +0.5)
Triple Jump: 16. Allison Outerbridge, 11.81m (w: +0.8)/38-9; 19. Kasha McDougald, 11.20m (w: +2.5)/36-9
Javelin Throw: 18. Katherine Dresch, 39.32m/129-0
5000m: 26. Alexis Panisse, 17:16.33; 37. Hannah Davidson, 17:34.27
4x400m Relay: 8. Kianna Ruff / Felicia Brown / Brittany Jackson / Nijgia Snapp, 3:42.64
Throw: 4. Cassie Wertman, 50.08m/164-4!, 9. Aslynn Halvorson
47.26m/155-1; 15. Katelyn Williams, 42.69m/140-0; 19. Jessie Harrison,
Pole Vault: 5. Linda Hadfield, 3.95m/12-11 1/2; 7. Erin Champion, 3.95m/12-11 1/2
Prelims: dna. Alexis Panisse, 4:27.76/Ht. 1, 4th (13th); dna. Kelsey
Kane, 4:36.43/Ht. 3, 6th (21st); dna. Amirah Johnson, 4:43.17/Ht. 3,
Long Jump: 13. Kasha McDougald, 5.95m (w: +2.5)/19-6 1/4; 21. Kia Jackson, 5.50m (w: +4.7)/18-0 1/2
Hurdles Prelims: adv. Bianca Blair, 13.43 (w: +3.2)/Ht. 2, 4th (8th);
dna. Kasha McDougald, 14.24 (w: +0.5)/Ht. 1, 4th (12th) \
400m Prelims: dna. Felicia Brown, 54.23/Ht. 5, 2nd (11th)
100m Prelims: adv. Kia Jackson, 11.42 (w: +3.9)/Ht. 1,3rd (4th); dna. Emily Yarnell, 11.70 (w: +3.9)/Ht. 1, 5th (12th)
3000m Steeplechase: 13. Hannah Davidson, 11:05.47
Hammer Throw: 15. Jessie Harrison, 168-03/51.28m
Prelims: adv. Nijgia Snapp, 2:06.98/Ht. 2, 2nd (4th); adv. Kianna Ruff,
2:07.24/Ht. 2, 3rd (5th); dna. Brittney Jackson, 2:10.67/Ht. 3, 5th
(11th); dna. Charity Honeycutt, 2:12.55/Ht. 2, 5th (16th); dna. Amirah
Johnson, 2:13.06/Ht. 2, 6th (18th); dna. Ty-Vonna Johnson, 2:14.24/Ht.
3, 8th (21st); dna. Julia Petree, 2:18.64/Ht. 2, 8th (23rd)
200m Prelims: adv. Felicia Brown, 24.47 (w: +0.7)/Ht. 2, 1st (2nd); dna. Emily Yarnell, 24.47 (w: +0.7)/Ht. 2, 4th (21st)
400m Hurdles Prelims: dna. Bianca Blair, 1:01.14/Ht. 4, 2nd (14th)
- Personal Best, !* - Tied Personal Best, a - American Record, c -
Collegiate Record, adv. – Advanced, dna – Did Not Advance, dnf - Did
Not Finish, dns – Did Not Start, dq - Disqualified, F - Foul, f -
Facility Record, fr - Freshman Record, fr* - Tied Freshman Record, fs -
False Start, mr - Meet Record, nh – No Height, nm - No Mark, sr -
School Record, w – wind-aided, wr - World Record