Senior All-American Dawane Wallace ran a season-best time of 7.18 seconds
en route to his runner-up finish in the 55-meter hurdles on Sunday at the
SEC Indoor Championships in Gainesville, Fla.
Wallace's time automatically qualifies him for the NCAA Indoor
Championships and places him in a tie with Jerome Wilson (1984) for the
fourth-fastest time ever run by a Volunteer in the event.
Arkansas won the team title with 152 total points and South Carolina
finished second with 81. Florida followed with 74 points, and Tennessee
came in fourth with 63 points.
Alabama (60), LSU (57), Auburn (35), Georgia (35), Mississippi (33),
Kentucky (27) and Mississippi State (7) rounded out the field,
Freshman Leonard Scott didn't disappoint in his two events. Racing
head-to-head against three of the nation's fastest sprinters, Scott
finished third in the 200-meter dash with a school indoor record time of
20.97 seconds. That time bettered his record-setting performance on
Saturday (21.14) and improves his automatic qualifying mark.
In the 55-meter dash, Scott finished a very close second to South
Carolina's Terrence Trammell. Scott ran the race in an identical time of
6.12 seconds, but the photo review showed Trammell to be the winner by less
than one-quarter of a second.
Scott leaves Florida with three records and two NCAA automatic qualifying
Tim Bell took fifth in the high jump by clearing a season-best 7-3. Bell
was one of the five finalists who cleared that height before Arkansas'
Kenny Evans defended his title with a 7-4 jump to take first. With his
season-best mark, Bell provisionally qualified for the NCAA Indoor
Championships at Indianapolis, Ind., March 5-6.
Also finishing fifth was Anthony Famiglietti in the 5000-meter run.
Famiglietti, an All-SEC performer in cross country, finished in 14:37.99
and Jon Jamison, also an All-SEC in cross country, ran to a personal-best
finish of 14:50.22, good enough for seventh place.
Rondell Mershon triple jumped 48-7 1/2 to finish seventh and Dwayne Bell
finished eighth in the 400-meter dash.
Tennessee finished sixth in the distance medley relay thanks in part to a
strong final-lap push by Jesse Bacigalupi. The distance medley team,
consisting of Chris Hendrix-Buxton, Russell Frye, Brock Smith and
Bacigalupi, ran in 10:04.15 -- its best time of the season.
The 4x400-meter relay team finished in seventh-place with a time of
Darwin Walker finished second in the shot put and Clint Binder took fifth
in the pole vault.
"Arkansas, South Carolina and Florida had great meets, and we had to fight
to finish fourth in this meet," UT head coach Bill Webb said. "This is,
without a doubt, the toughest conference in the country. So many times were
announced as record today or the fastest in the country -- the level of
competition here continues to improve.
"That is evidenced by Scott's record-setting run in the 200 meters that
only earned him a third-place finish.
"Speaking of Scott, he really shined today, as did a number of freshmen
throughout this meet," Webb continued. "We competed well, and we overcame
some obstacles we were not anticipating, like injuries and runners falling
down. We improved, but came up a little short of the top three."
Tennessee finished fifth in last year's SEC indoors.
Wallace hits season-best as Vols' track takes 4th
Published: Tue Feb 23, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:46 p.m.