Tennessee, competing at the Virginia Tech Invitational in Blacksburg, Va.,

took home six first-place finishes, two runner-ups and two third-place

finishes in their first competition of the year on Saturday.

Freshman two-sport athlete Leonard Scott won the 60-meter dash with an NCAA

Provisional Qualifying time of 6.68. Freshman Hassaan Stamps won the 200

meters in 22.10 seconds and freshman Dwayne Bell took first in the

400-meter dash with a time of 48.00.

Other winners included senior Tom Pappas in the 60-meter high hurdles

(7.92), Maryville sophomore Tim Bell in the high jump (6-09 3/4). Freshman

Tyler Garrett was the highest collegiate finisher in the shotput

competition with a distance of 58-01 1/2, followed by teammate Toby Colyer

(51-0 3/4).

Freshman Rondell Mershon took second in the triple jump and junior Brock

Smith finished third in the 8,000-meter run. Senior Scott Perkinson

finished third in the weight throw (54-01) and the 4 x 400 relay team

finished second with a time of 3:14.67.

The pole vault competition was heavily influenced by former Tennessee

athletes. Alumnus Lawrence Johnson won the event clearing 18-06 1/2 and

former SEC champion and Vol Tim Mack finished behind the former Olympian.

Senior Russell Johnson finished fourth (second among collegiate

participants) with a height of 16-08 3/4. Freshman Mark Johnson finished

fifth with a lifetime-best vault of 16-0 3/4 and senior Jeremy Racey

finished sixth in setting his personal best of 15-09.

Three freshmen won individual events outright and head coach Bill Webb was

pleased not only with their performance, but the performance of his squad

as a whole.

"This was one of our best starts to a season, and I am very pleased with

the results," he said. "We came here without any distance runners and we

were missing some other guys, but we performed well. This prepares us for

our scoring meet next weekend at Indiana."

Saturday's meet involving NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Mt. St.

Mary's was the first of three for UT in January. Next weekend, the Vols

travel to Bloomington, Ind., for a meet vs. Ohio State and Indiana. On Jan.

29, Tennessee travels to Johnson City to compete in the Ikon

Invitational.