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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