LEXINGTON, Ky. - Tennessee's heptathletes lit up the scoreboard for 13 points to cap the second day of the SEC Indoor Championships Saturday night at Kentucky's Nutter Field House.
Garland Porter also took sixth in the shot put to score in his first opportunity at the SEC indoor meet.
The Tennesseans authored a solid day across the board, especially with a qualifying effort in the preliminaries that dominated the day.
The Vols stand sixth with 16 points in a tight team race following the second day and with just four events in the books. One scoring opportunity will be deferred until Sunday as the men's pole vault was postponed because LSU's poles didn't arrive on time.
Auburn holds the team lead with 35 points. Arkansas stands second with 25 points, all coming in the 3,000m run to close Saturday's competition. While sixth, Tennessee stands just three points out of third place, currently occupied by South Carolina by virtue of its 19 points.
"I was really pleased with the way we qualified," head coach Bill Webb said. "We had three qualifiers for the finals in the mile, two in the 800, two in the 60, two in the hurdles and one in the 200.
"On the whole, the shot put was the best it's been since I've been in the SEC. I was proud of Garland scrapping for sixth in the shot. He'll come back tomorrow in the weight throw. It's an incredible meet, and I look forward to the finish tomorrow."
Novak wins 3k
Sophomore Brooke Novak won the 3000 meters, and freshman Tianna Madison placed second in the long jump, providing major contributions to an impressive showing by the sixth-ranked UT women Saturday at the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships.
At the end of a day where coach J.J. Clark's squad scored more points than UT has tallied in its past three SEC indoor meets. The Lady Vols collected 28 points to position themselves behind No. 7 Georgia (45) and No. 3 Florida (36) with numerous opportunities for points on the final day.
Novak led a 17-point UT barrage in the 3K, logging a victorious run in a career-topping and NCAA provisional-qualifying time.
"It was a good day for us, and it ended well in the 3000 meters with three PRs and nearly a fourth," Clark said. "It was a great win for Brooke and shows how far she has come in a year's time."