Tennessee's track squad stands third in the most recent Trackwire rankings. The Vols, with a projected 39 points, stand ahead of Arkansas (38 points) for the first time in the history of Trackwire rankings.
The Trackwire rankings attempt to project the finish and score of the NCAA Outdoor Championships (May 30-June 2) by comparing NCAA event leader lists and other factors. Eight of the top 14 teams in the March 27 rankings are in the Southeastern Conference.
The Vols are off to a roaring start to the outdoor season. In two weeks of competition, Tennessee has two automatic qualifiers and three provisional marks.
The Vols' 4x100m relay team broke a 20-year-old school record by posting a 39.00 to earn an automatic bid.
Additionally, Leonard Scott's 10.13 stands as an automatic qualifier and the sixth fastest Vol time ever. Both the 4x100m relay team and Scott's 100m dash time lead the NCAA.
The Tennessee 4x400m relay stands second in the NCAA with its provisional time of 3:04.89, the eighth fastest time in school history.
Freshman Leigh Smith also threw the javelin 226-9, a provisional mark and eighth on the national list. Tyler Garrett's shot put mark of 58-7 1/4 also stands as a provisional mark.
After Western Carolina bolted out to a 13-6 lead, the No. 6 Diamond Vols scored nine runs in the final four innings to rally for a 15-13 victory.
The Vols were led by Adam Smith's career-high four-hit performance. Chris Burke and Dan Wilson pounded out three hits apiece while Javi Herrera collected four RBIs on a singe and a home run.
Tennessee (25-3) collected a season-high 19 hits in the game.