Underclassmen Throwers Lead UT on Day Three of SEC Championships
Mo. – Sophomore Matthew Hoty and freshman Cassie Wertman led Tennessee
on the third day of competition at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field
Championships at Walton Stadium in Columbia, Mo.
his second throw in the men’s shot put competition, Hoty threw
18.87m/61-feet, 11-inches holding the top spot through five rounds.
Auburn’s Marcus Popenfoose tossed an 18.95m/62-2.25 mark in his final
attempt, leaving Hoty the final toss of the competition. Despite his
teammates’ cheers, Hoty fell short of catching Popenfoose on his final
mark, but claimed runner-up honors.
definitely my best series ever,” Hoty said. “I just didn’t get that one
throw out there. I had a lot of good throws, but not that one great
throw. I was in first until the second to last round. Marcus
(Popenfoose) got me. I was kind of disappointed. I thought I was going
to catch the throw at the end. Everyone was getting hyped. I felt the
energy, but it just didn’t happen today. It was a good day. I have to
have some of these days to build moving forward.”
efforts added eight points for the UT men, while his sophomore teammate
Tavis Bailey finished fifth with his best mark of 18.03m/59-2,
contributing four more points.
“Hopefully this is
a good building block for everyone else and they see how to complete,”
Hoty said. “We have to score some points. We can’t be second to last
like last year. We have to get up there and I think we can. We just
have to get out there and do it.”
had the wind on her side on Saturday, as the freshman placed fourth in
the women’s discus throw. The Holland, Ind., native started off the
event with a personal best throw of 50.08m/164-4, which would catapult
her into the finals.
“The first throw I went in
with no nerves, no pressure,” Wertman said. “The first throw is
normally the safe throw. I think that just helped me get into position
and stay loose. I just caught everything right, including the wind and
I hit positions pretty well.”
Wertman didn’t hit
the 50-meter mark on her next five throws, but would still earn five
points for the Lady Vols with her fourth-place finish.
pretty big to score some points for my team in an event that I wasn’t
even supposed to score at or make finals,” Wertman said. “It feels
pretty good. I hope we get the ball rolling. I think we can do well
Along with Wertman, junior Aslynn
Halvorson placed ninth in the event with a 47.26m/155-1 mark, freshman
Katelyn Williams finished 15th with a throw of 42.69m/140-0 and senior
Jessie Harrison placed 18th.
The women earned four
and a half points from the pole vault as junior Linda Hadfield placed
fifth and sophomore Erin Champion finished seventh, after the duo
Senior Bianca Blair
qualified for the 100m hurdles finals after finishing preliminaries in
a time of 13.43 (w: +3.2). Senior Kia Jackson will also see the finals
on Sunday in the 100m after qualifying with a 11.42 (w: +3.9) time.
the men’s side, junior Daniel Tobin added a point for the UT men with
his eighth-place finish in the 3000m steeplechase, as he finished in a
time of 9:17.80. Freshman Kyle Quinn also contributed one point to the
men’s total as he placed eighth in the javelin throw with a mark of
Heading into the final day, the
Vols are in sixth place with 18 points, while the Lady Vols are in 12th
with 10.5 points. Arkansas leads both the women’s and men’s team
standings with 50 and 57 points, respectively.
last day of the conference competition kicks off at 1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET
Sunday with the women’s javelin throw and men’s triple jump.
VOL RESULTS AT THE SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS
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
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