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
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
UT opens track season with strong showing
Published: Tue Jan 19, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:48 p.m.