men's track and field program ended its events on a successful note with
several top times and marks Saturday at the Tom Black Track.
The relays were the featured events, and the Tennessee distance medley
relay team of Josh Mears, Dawane Wallace, Chris Hendrix-Buxton and Doug
Ellington kicked things off with a third-place finish and a time of 9:49.64,
their best result this season.
In the 400-meter relay, Tennessee's Justin Devine, Jason Waters, Tyrone
Graham and Russell Frye placed second with a time of 40.71 seconds, which
stands as the top 400-meter relay finish for a Vol team this season. Hendrix-Buxton,
Mears, Adrian Wheatley and John Dickson also competed in the 3,200-meter
relay, where they finished in a time of 7:46.93 for the Vols.
The final two running events of the day for the Vols came in the 6,000-meter
relay and the 1,600-meter relay. In the 6,000, Tennessee's Bob Dickie, Chris
Brown, Brian Wallace and Joe Dickson posted a time of 16:11.96. Then in
the 1,600, the Vols finished an impressive fourth with Russell Frye, Dawane
Wallace, Steve Johnson and Shane Begnaud running the race in 3:09.76. Their
final also stands as the top time in the event by the Vols in 1998.
"We are very pleased with our sprinters' performances," UT
head coach Bill Webb said. "It's great to have Shane Begnaud back.
It has been two years since he has ran. Tyrone Graham in the 100 meters
and Russell Frye in the 200 meters had the second-fastest times in their
events. Justin Devine had top times in his events in very adverse conditions
"But, mostly I am pleased that we appear to have everyone healthy
and got through the meet without any injuries."
In the field events, Chris Morland continued his winning ways in the
javelin as he won his third consecutive title in 1998 with a throw of 220-7.
On Friday, Wes Boudreau placed third in the hammer throw with a throw
The pole vault proved to be a battle of Tennessee pasts. Former Vol Tim
Mack tied a personal-best mark in the event when he jumped an impressive
18-6 1/2, while former Vol and Olympian Lawrence Johnson finished second
with a jump of 17-9 1/4.
Also on Good Friday, UT captain Bob Dickie won the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Tyrone Graham finished second in the 100 meters with a time of 10.71 and
Russell Frye finished second in the 200 meters in 21.00.
Scott Perkinson placed third in the open discus with a throw of 181-11.
Tennessee's women also produced some good results at the Sea Rays.
The Lady Vols' 4x100-meter relay team of Anissa Campbell, Erica Witter,
Saidah Jones and Kelli White circled the oval in a speedy 44.08 seconds
to finish second behind Clemson.
In the distance-medley relay, UT turned in a solid performance, collecting
fourth-place honors. The quartet of Maureen Ferris, Erin Rinear, Janelle
Briggs and Kristen Ritter came in at 11:39.93.
Witter, White, Jones and Lesly Love teamed up for a third-place showing
in the 4x400-meter relay to meet NCAA provisional standards.
The Lady Vols will next travel to LSU on Saturday for a four-team meet
with LSU, BYU and SMU.
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