Tennessee's seventh-ranked track and field squad climbed atop the awards stand four times on the final day of the Pepsi Valentine's Invitational. Tyler Garrett (shot put) and Rocky Danners (pole vault) improved their provisional marks in winning their respective events. Leonard Scott ran another automatic qualifying time in winning the 200-meter dash. The Vol 4x400m relay also chipped in a new season-best effort in its win.
Some people improved on the provisional list, head coach Bill Webb said. We didn't run quite as fast as we wanted to in the 4x400m relay, but it was still our fastest of the season. Leonard Scott and Justin Gatlin continue to show that they are two of the premier sprinters in the country. Rocky Danners also vaulted to an indoor PR.
Garrett threw the shot 58-3 3/4 to notch a provisional qualifier and improve his season-best by 6 1/4 inches. Likewise, Rocky Danners improved his indoor career-best pole vault to 17-4 1/2 to get the win and a stronger provisional height. Danners defeated former Vol Russell Johnson, who also cleared 17-4 1/2, on misses.
Sprinter Scott won the invitational section of the 200m dash in 20.86 seconds, still a NCAA automatic time but .06 of a second slower than his season best. Rookie speedster Justin Gatlin placed second in a provisional 20.91, his career best and only .01 of a second off the NCAA automatic qualifying time. Gatlin also took second in the 60m dash by clocking a 6.68.
Tennessee's 4x400m relay team clocked a season-best 3:11.53 to win the event. Gatlin (47.9 split), Scott, Hassaan Stamps and Dwayne Bell (47.3 split) passed the baton as the Vols moved ever closer to the provisional mark of 3:10.40.
Jebreh Harris, who competed unattached but will run for Tennessee in outdoor season, took second in the 800m run with a 1:51.00. Additionally, in the distance events, Rob Cloutier took third in the mile run in a season-best 4:14.48.