Tennessee's third-ranked track squad posted a flurry of personal-best and season-best marks at the Spring Gobbler Invitational at Virginia Tech. Jebreh Harris, Marcus Tanner and Lance Jauron notched wins in the 400-meter dash, 800m run and discus, respect
ively.
Harris, traditionally an 800m man, ran a lifetime best 46.27 in winning the 400m dash. Harris, who posted a provisional 800m run time last weekend at the Sea Ray Relays, missed the 400m dash provisional standard by just .07 of a second.
Tanner, traditionally a 1,500m man, took the gold in the 800m run in a season-best 1:52.03, a full second faster than his previous best effort this season.
Lance Jauron took the discus win with a 177-11 measurement. Jauron already has a NCAA provisional mark in the event with a 187-2 from earlier this season. Jauron also nabbed second in the hammer with a season-best 178-6.
Justin Gatlin cleared the 110m hurdles in 13.84, a provisional time and his wind-legal personal best, to earn second. Damion Drummond, another freshman, ran a strong second-place, 1:52.20 in the 800m run, bettering his career best by early a full second.
Freshman Tim Kelly lopped more than three seconds off his career-best 1,500m run time with a third-place, 3:55.92 effort.
Junior Adrian Wheatley cleared the 400m hurdles in a personal-best 52.51, almost a second faster than he had ever run the event, to stand third. Matt Dewalt sliced more than seven seconds off his previous personal best by taking bronze in the steeplechase
. In addition to Jauron's exploits in the throws, Steve Pitlik also had a solid day. Pitlik took third in the hammer with a personal-best 176-3 and second in the discus (159-3).
Tennessee chose unconventional personnel for the 4x400m relay. Sprinter Russell Frye led off the effort, followed by distance specialists Drummond, Tanner and Rob Cloutier. The Vols took fifth in 3:20.09. Tennessee already has a provisional time of 3:04.8
9 in the event from March.