Tennessee's Rocky Danners cleared 17-0 3/4 in the finals of the pole vault to take third at the World Junior Championships Sunday evening in Santiago, Chile.
Danners, a sophomore from Killeen, Texas, cleared the height on his first attempt before missing three attempts at 17-4 1/2, the winning mark. Khanafin Aleksey of Russia won the event, while Korchmyd Oleksandr of Ukraine earned silver. Danners was the only American in the competition.
Danners entered the competition by clearing 16-4 3/4 on his first attempt. On Saturday, Danners cleared 16-8 3/4 on his second attempt in the qualifying round.
Danners qualified for the World Junior Championships by winning the USATF Championships in June with a vault of 17-2 3/4. His career-best clearance is 17-9 1/4.
Danners returns for his sophomore campaign in 2001 as Tennessee's leading vaulter.
Henderson named SEC Defensive Player of the Week
Tennessee defensive tackle John Henderson was named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week following his performance in the Vols' 20-10 victory over Alabama Saturday.
The 6-7, 290-pound junior from Nashville recorded seven tackles (all solo) in addition to three for losses and a quarterback sack against the Crimson Tide. The All-America candidate's efforts were a big factor in UT limiting Alabama to just 225 total yards and just 44 on the ground. The Crimson Tide entered the game averaging an SEC-leading 178.8 rushing yards.
John Henderson is playing exceptional football and is very deserving of this award from the SEC, said Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer. He goes to practice every day to try to be the best that he can be and with his potential, that can be outstanding.
Henderson leads the Vols with six sacks this season and is Tennessee's third-leading tackler with 41 stops (37 solo). He has recorded at least one sack and at least six tackles in five of six games this season.
UT pole vaulter takes third in World Junior meet finals
Published: Tue Oct 24, 2000 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 03:18 p.m.