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.