Tennessee's fourth-ranked track squad will split to compete in three meets this weekend. The Volunteers will compete at the Penn Relays, Florida Field Events Invitational and Knoxville Invitational.
Meanwhile, Tennessee slipped slightly in the April 24 Trackwire rankings to fourth from last week's tie for third place. However, with 41 projected NCAA points, the Vols stand just 10 points out of first place. In further proof of conference supremacy, se
ven of the nation's top eight teams in the Trackwire rankings hail from the Southeastern Conference.
Tennessee will report to the line hoping to add another chapter to its proud Penn Relays tradition Thursday through Saturday. The Volunteers have won 61 Pen n Relays titles since 1949.
Tennessee begins the prestigious Penn Relays late Thursday night with the steeplechase and 10,000M run. Results from those events will be released with Friday night's results. In addition to the discus and 110M hurdles, relays rule on Friday. Tennessee i
s set to pass the baton in the 4x100M relay, distance medley relay, 4x200M relay, shuttle hurdle relay and sprint medley relay.
The most eagerly anticipated event Saturday is shaping up to be the 4x100M relay. Tennessee and TCU are tentatively slated to clash with the NCAA's best 4x100M relay times. TCU's 38.77 leads the nation. Meanwhile, Tennessee's school record 39.00 4x100M re
lay effort from March stands second in the nation. Tennessee's 4x200M relay, with the same personnel who broke the school, track and meet record at the Sea Ray Relays two weeks ago, should also be a strong entry.
The Vols will also compete in the 400M hurdles, javelin and 4x800M relay Saturday at the Penn Relays. Tennessee will split its squad and travel to Gainesville for the Florida Field Events Invitational on Sunday. The Vols will attempt to post some personal
bests in the hammer throw, shot put, pole vault and discus. Additionally, Tennessee's decathletes will get some individual event training in the javelin, shot put, discus and 110M hurdles.
As if two meets weren't enough to fill the calendar, Tennessee will cap the weekend by hosting the Knoxville Invitational at Tom Black Track on Sunday afternoon. Seven of Tennessee's men are tentatively inked to compete in the shot put, discus, 800M run,
1,500M run and steeplechase on the home track.
After previously hosting the Gatorade Track Classic and Sea Ray Relays, the Knoxville Invitational will be the last home collegiate meet of the season. Field events begin at 10:30 a.m. with the women's hammer and conclude with the women's discus at 4:30 p
.m. Track events begin with the men's 100M dash at 2 p.m. The last event on the track is the men's steeplechase at 4:25 p.m.
Admission to the Knoxville Invitational is free. Media members are also welcome to cover the meet.