The Tennessee men’s track and field team wrapped up competition at the Vanderbilt Invitational in Nashville, Tenn. and the Auburn Invitational in Auburn, Ala., with a combined six personal-best marks and a new facility record on Saturday.
“I was very pleased with De’Lon Isom,” coach Bill Webb said. “His hurdle time was a big improvement. Our vaulters had a real solid day although the competition took a long time. The weather was good at Auburn, and we were able to work some things out. We had a chance to throw, which is something we missed out on last week. I’m looking forward to Penn Relays next weekend and also the men’s twilight next Tuesday.”
Michael Hogue extended his outdoor winning streak to four in the pole vault with a record-breaking performance. The junior from Germantown broke the Vanderbilt Track record, previously held by former Vol Clint Binder, with his clearance of 17-0 3/4. Hogue remains undefeated during the outdoor season.
Junior Matthieu Pritchett and Isom, a freshman, highlighted Tennessee’s efforts on the track, as both athletes earned regional-qualifying marks. Pritchett ran a personal-best time of 21.07 seconds and finished fifth in the 200-meter dash, while Isom finished fifth in the 110 hurdles with his personal-best clocking of 14.15.
Team captain Chris Helwick, senior Andy Lane and freshman Brad Holtz finished as part of a five-way tie for second place in the pole vault. All three Volunteers cleared 16-0 3/4, which stands as a season-best height for Helwick and Holtz.
Andrew Dawson led Tennessee in the middle-distance events as he won the 800 in 1:50.78 to claim his first individual victory as a Volunteer. Chris Platt finished eighth in the 1,500 after recording a season-best time of 3:53.60. Dawson ran a personal-best time of 3:53.78 and placed ninth in the event. Sophomore Steve Tobin finished 14th in 3:55.68, and Bret Smith ran to a season-best time of 3:58.81, while finishing 22nd in the field of 78 runners.
Kris Fant earned a personal-best time of 14.57 in the 110 hurdles to place 10th. Carjay Lyles finished 13th in the event after navigating the straightaway of hurdles in 14.73. Freshman John Hewitt finished 11th in the 400 hurdles with a personal-best time of 53.70. Freshman Kyle Stevenson, who owns the seventh-fastest NCAA time in the 200 entering the weekend, finished ninth in the 100 with his time of 10.72.
Helwick finished 22nd in the discus after throwing the disc 137 feet, 0 inches one week after automatically qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the decathlon. Brenard Wilson tied for seventh in the high jump with his 6-6 clearance in his second meet of the season.
The Volunteer throwing corps traveled to Auburn, Ala., for the Auburn Invitational. Sophomore Matthew Maloney earned a personal-best throw in the hammer as he recorded a mark of 179-11 to place fifth. Fellow sophomore Nick Panezich finished sixth in the event with his season-best throw of 177-9. Senior Kevin Duffy led the Vols in the javelin as he placed second with his throw of 205-9. Maloney threw the spear 194-5 and finished fourth.
Sophomore Richard Wooten, who is regionally qualified in the hammer and shot put, finished fourth in the shot with his mark of 54-9 1/2. Panezich placed sixth in the event with a 53-0 effort. He also finished third in the discus after recording a mark of 164-4.
Tennessee now has 19 regionally qualified performances, which have been earned by 14 different individuals and two relay teams.
The Vols will travel to Philadelphia for the historic Penn Relays this weekend before hosting the Smoky Mountain Men’s Twilight on May 1.