Tennessee's Wes Boudreau, fresh off of his hammer throw championship at

the 104th Annual Penn Relays in Philadelphia over the weekend, followed

that up with a second-place finish on Sunday at the Knoxville Invitational

and Field Meet.

Boudreau competed in the hammer "championship" division at

the Penn Relays, where he posted a season-high and provisional mark of 217-1.

His mark was an improvement over his previous season-best of 216-2 set at

the LSU Alumni Gold Relays last weekend. Boudreau's finish continued his

push towards winning a second consecutive Southeastern Conference championship.

He won last season's SEC title in the event with a throw of 222-1.

On Sunday, his throw of 202-11 was good enough for second. His teammate

Lance Jauron finished sixth with a throw of 153-4.

The story of the day, though, came as junior Dawane Wallace shattered

his previous 1998 season-best time of 14.04, set at LSU earlier in the year,

when he ran a wind-aided 13.65 in the 100-meter hurdles. His winning time

now stands as his personal-best , gives him an automatic qualifying time

and places him on Tennessee's All-Time top 10 list at No. 4. Also in the

event, three more Vols posted season-best times. Grant Cleghorn placed second

in 14.24, Anthony Thompson finished third in 14.37 and Pat Buckheit came

home fifth in 14.54.

In the 200-meter dash, the Vols' Justin Devine posted a provisional time

of 20.89 with his win in the event, a season-best. Also in the 200 meters,

Anthony Thompson placed fourth in 22.40. Four Vols competed in the 800-meter

run with John Dickson placing fifth in 1:56.57.

In the field portion of the event, the Vols soared as well. Diondre Jackson

jumped a season-high 7-0 1/2 in the high jump and finished in second place.

Finishing third in the event was freshman Tim Bell. The junior world decathlon

record holder leaped 7-0 1/2.

The long jump was all Tennessee. Geno Devane posted a season-high mark

of 23-10 1/4 on his way to the win. The discus was another event that belonged

to the Vols. There, Tennessee placed three athletes in the top four with

five placing overall. Aaron Ausmus threw the implement 169-7 to place second,

while teammates Lance Jauron threw 165-7 for third and Scott Perkinson threw

165-5 for fourth place.

The final events of the day were the javelin and pole vault. Chris Morland

tried to continue his undefeated string in the javelin but was faced with

the task of beating the current American record holder in the event, Tom

Pukstys. There, Tennessee's co-captain finished second behind Pukstys with

a throw of 224-6. Pukstys set a Tom Black Track record with his winning

mark of 279-1.

In the pole vault, Russell Johnson cleared 18 feet for the first time

in 1998 when he vaulted 18-6 1/2. His mark now stands as a personal best

and is almost a foot better than his previous personal-best mark of 17-8

1/2. Johnson's finish also made the second Tennessee athlete to post an

automatic mark on the day.

Tennessee will be at home Friday and Saturday for the 26th Annual Gatorade

Track Classic at Tom Black Track.

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