Tennessee's men's track and field team scored 51 points and finished a close

second place to host LSU (54 points) in the LSU Alumni Gold Relays held

in Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday. The Vols also raked in five first-place

finishes in individual events. The meet was the Vols' first outdoor dual

meet of the season.

In the running portion of the event, Tennessee posted strong marks throughout

the day. Tyrone Graham moved into the Vols' top spot on the top times list

with his third-place finish in a time of 10.57 seconds in the 100 meters.

Freshman Russell Frye finished fifth in 10.68. In the 200 meters, Frye again

posted an excellent mark with a third-place finish in 21.49.

Justin Devine and Shane Begnaud were involved in a photo finish as each

broke the tape in 47.99 and in fourth place in the 400-meter dash. In the

800-meter run, John Dickson came home fifth with a time of 1:55.89, while

teammates Chris Hendrix-Buxton finished in sixth in 1:56.22 and Bob Dickie

finished in a time of 1:59.95.

In the 5,000-meter run, Tennessee's Chris Brown crossed the line in fourth

place with a time of 14:56.44. The 3,000-meter steeplechase was the first

Vol win of the day. Doug Ellington cruised to a top finish with his time

of 8:58.43. Dickie finished third in 9:01.05.

The hurdles were also a vital part of Tennessee's success on Saturday.

In the 110-meter hurdles, the Vols' Dawane Wallace brought the team's second

win of the day. He finished in a time of 14.04 and has the Vols' best time

this season in that race. Freshman Anthony Thompson finished third in 14.89.

In the 400-meter intermediate hurdles, Grant Cleghorn finished a strong

third in 53.80. The Vols also topped their previous-best mark this season

in the 4x100-meter relay, finishing third in 40.36.

The Vols continued to soar in the field events. In the high jump, Tim

Bell captured the team's third individual win of the day as he jumped 6-9

1/2. Teammate Diondre Jackson finished second with a leap of 6-8.

Russell Johnson continued his streak of successful marks as he posted

the Vols' fourth win of the day. In the pole vault, he won with a jump of

16-8 3/4. Geno Devane finished third in the long jump and Jackson finished

third in the triple jump.

Wes Boudreau earned third in the hammer throw with a throw of 216-2.

Finally, in the javelin, Chris Morland continued his red-hot streak by

winning his fourth javelin competition in four attempts. On Saturday, the

senior co-captain finished with a throw of 169-7.

The Vols will compete next in the Penn Relays beginning on Thursday.

They will then host the Knoxville Invitational on Sunday.

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