Tennessee's third-ranked men's track and field squad roared back from seventh place following day one to place third, one point behind second-place LSU, to conclude the Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships at Kentucky.
The Vols stood in second place before being edged out in the final event to take third overall. After scoring nine points on the first day of competition, the Volunteers erupted for 71 points on the final day paced by a sprint corps (Leonard Scott, Justin Gatlin and Sean Lambert) that swept the top three positions in both the 60M dash and 200M dash to add 48 points to the Tennessee effort.
Tennessee's sprint corps authored the most memorable story of the day by sweeping the top three in both the 60M dash and 200M dash. Scott staked claim as college track's fastest man twice in running NCAA-leading times in claiming the 60M dash (6.48) and 200M dash (20.47) titles. Scott's times were good for SEC Indoor meet records and school indoor records in both events.
Scott contributed 21.25 points to the Tennessee cause with his SEC titles in the 60M dash and 200M dash while garnering one-fourth of Tennessee's five points from the fourth-place 4x400M relay. Scott trailed David Kimani of Alabama, the meet's high scorer, by only .25 of a point.
Tennessee's rookie sprinters, Gatlin and Lambert, also held their own by taking second and third, respectively, in both the 60M dash and 200M dash. Gatlin clocked a 6.63 in the 60M dash and a 20.58 in the 200M dash to take runner-up honors in both events. Gatlin's reign as 200M dash indoor school record holder (20.52) lasted one day courtesy of Scott's reclaiming the record. Lambert also continued his strong freshman season with third-place finishes in the 60M dash (6.67) and 200M dash (a personal-best, provisional time of 6.67) to attempt to write his ticket to the NCAAs.
LADY VOLS' RESULTS
Head coach Myrtle Ferguson saw her squad triple their day-one points on day two of the Southeastern Conference Indoor Track Championships at the Nutter Fieldhouse at the University of Kentucky.
Freshman Erin Anderson improved on her personal best time in the mile from the day before to finish in sixth overall with a time of 4:56.16.
In the pole vault, sophomore Christie Elwin recorded a vault of 12-6 to take home seventh place. Her score is a provisional height for the NCAA Indoor Championships to be held March 9-10.
In the second to last race of the day, the team of Anderson, freshman Amy Ranker, sophomore Kameisha Bennett and sophomore Sharon Dickie finished in third place of the distance medley relay with a time of 11:53.68, which is a season best. Dickie was as far back as 100 meters from the front four as she took the handoff from an ailing Bennett, but slowly made up the time only to pass the third and fourth place runners on the last lap of the event.
Bennett had entered the day as the No. 1 seed in the 800m finals where she recorded a provisional time of 2:09.31, but pulled up lame as she came out of the turn at the 300m mark due to severe cramps.
The distance core are to be congratulated for a solid showing as coach Rodney Rothoff debuted in his first indoor SEC, Ferguson said.