The Tennessee men's track and field team defeated both Indiana and Notre

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

15-9 3/4.

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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