DENTON, Texas--Tennessee's Rocky Danners won the pole vault competition at
the USA Track and Field Junior National Championships on Friday. Danners, a
freshman from Killeen, Texas, won the pole vault with a clearance of 17-2
3/4--6 1/2 inches off his personal best. With the win, Danners was slated
to compete in the 400m hurdles but did not participate in the event.
Additionally, Blake Sabo, a redshirt freshman from Carrollton, Ga., took
second in the decathlon to stake claim to a spot in the World Juniors. Sabo
improved his career-best performance by almost 400 points, courtesy of his
6,266-point effort. Sabo concluded the first half of the decathlon on
Friday with 3,896 points by winning the long jump (24 1 1/2) and placing
second in the 100m dash (11.10), shot put (42-5 1/2) and the high jump
(6-8). During Saturday's conclusion of the event, he took third in the 110m
hurdles (15.50) and pole vault (11-11 1/4).
Rondell Mershon, a sophomore from Burnsville, Minn., finished 18th in the
triple jump with a 46-0 mark.
Chandler Rice, a redshirt freshman from Baton Rouge, La., no-heighted in
the pole vault. The opening height was 15-9.
K.C. Allen, a freshman pole vaulter on the University of Tennessee women's
team, suffered a disappointment Friday afternoon. Allen missed on her three
attempts at the opening height of 11-5.75 and shared that performance with
12 other competitors.
Christy Baird and Janine Tessarzik took part in the second day of
competition. Neither competitor, however, had a banner day.
Baird checked in at 10:45.12 in the 3000m run to place 11th. Tessarzik
managed only two fouls and a throw of 105-8 to finish 22nd.
Danners, Sabo grab National Junior title
Published: Tue Jun 27, 2000 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 02:18 p.m.