Dame on Friday in Bloomington, Ind., to run its winning streak to five.
The Vols racked up 120 total points to Notre Dame's 110 and Indiana's
94 to cruise to their fifth straight win and 13th overall in the meet. Tennessee
also defeated each of the two teams in a head-to-head format with a score
of 91-71 over the Hoosiers and 84-78 over Notre Dame. For the Vols, the
evening was marked by personal-best times and outstanding marks that left
several athletes with provisional qualifications.
"We are very excited about the performances, especially the numerous
personal-best times from this evening," said UT head coach Bill Webb
following Friday's events.
In the 55-meter dash, Tyrone Graham tallied the most significant win
of the evening as he raced to the finish in a time of 6.23 seconds. He now
moves onto Tennessee's all-time top 10 list in the event at No. 8 and proves
he is the fastest man on campus. Also with a great showing was freshman
Russell Frye as he finished with a career-best time of 6.39. In the 200m,
Frye continued his success from a week ago as he finished the race in second
place in 21.90.
In the 55-meter hurdles, Dawane Wallace picked up where he left off in
1997 by grabbing a provisional qualification and a win with a time of 7.36.
Also with tremendous showing in the event was newcomer Grant Cleghorn, who
set a career-high mark with a time of 7.73 in second place.
Another freshman with an outstanding performance in Bloomington was Adrian
Wheatley. The Ohio native finished second in the 600m in 1:21.03, which
now stands as his personal-best mark. In the 800m, Tennessee's Chris Hendrix-Buxton
finished in third place with a time of 1:56.11.
Senior Bob Dickie was not about to be left out as he placed third in
the 3000m in 8:27.9. Chris Brown set a career-best in the same event with
his fifth-place finish in 8:33.8. Tennessee also shined in the 4x400-meter
relay as it placed third in a time of 3:19.81.
The field events were no different for the Vols. In the high jump, freshman
Tim Bell and Diondre Jackson finished first and second with jumps of 6-8
1/4 each. Russell Johnson proved why he is the Southeastern Conference's
top pole vaulter as he finished with a win in the vault with a height of
16-7 1/4. Tim O'Hare followed in second place with a career-high mark of
Hometown fellow Geno Devane made his final appearance at the Indiana
meet a memorable one, finishing with wins in both the long jump and the
triple jump with marks of 23-7 1/4 and 45-1, respectively. Also finishing
well in the long jump was Dawane Wallace with a leap of 22-3 3/4.
In the shot put, defending indoor national champion Aaron Ausmus threw
for the first time in 1998. He finished third with a toss of 58-9 1/4. He
was followed by Darwin Walker in fourth as he threw for a personal-best
mark of 57-2 3/4.
Finally, in the 35-lb weight throw, the Vols probably had their most
impressive finishes of the day as they took home first, second and third
places. Wes Boudreau, Ausmus and Scott Perkinson threw distances of 57-6
1/4, 55-9 1/4 and 54-10 1/4, respectively, with Perkinson's marking his
career high and moving him into seventh place on UT's all-time top 10 list.
Also in the event, newcomer Lance Jauron finished in sixth place with a
personal-best throw of 51-0 1/4.
"This meet is always a hard-fought battle," Webb said. "We
are extremely pleased to win our fifth meet in a row."
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