The Tennessee men’s track and field team concluded the NCAA Outdoor Championships Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa, with a 13th-place finish after accumulating 21 points during the four-day meet.
Florida State won the team title with 52 points. The Seminoles were followed by LSU and Auburn who tied for second place with 44 points each.
Sophomore Evander Wells ran to his highest individual finish at an NCAA championship meet beating out his own teammate Rubin Williams in the 200 as he placed fourth in the 200 with a time of 20.80. Williams, a senior, placed sixth with a time of 20.96. Wells ends his second collegiate season with six career All-America certificates. In addition to the 200, Wells also earned All-America honors as part of Tennessee’s fifth place 4x100 relay team on Friday.
Wells along with Williams, Matthieu Pritchett and Kyle Stevenson ran a 39.19 time good enough for fifth place in the relay.
“We are pleased to have all three Saturday participants score and get All-America,” coach Bill Webb said in a release. “It was a great competition and we are fortunate to have such good performances, which were led today by Evander Wells. We had our ups and downs throughout the weekend, but the whole team gave a valiant effort to once again finish as one of the top programs in the nation.”
“I’m happy about the 200,” said Wells. “I wasn’t feeling too good when I woke up this morning. To run and place as high as I did, I’m happy with that.”
Williams ends his career at UT as the most-decorated All-America in school history. His 17 All-America honors, including this year’s 200 indoor national title, place him five ahead of any other Volunteer athlete.
“It’s good to have All-Americas,” Williams said. “Wins help cement your place in history. Having one (national title) is nice, but at UT there are a lot of people with more than one. All-Americas are nice, but wins are better.”
Yarrick Kincaid became the first Tennessee athlete since 1994 to win All-America honors in the 800 in consecutive seasons. The senior finished eighth in the 800 in 1:50.25 after entering the meet with the 25th-fastest seed time. He advanced through the qualifying rounds after barely making the NCAAs with the last at-large time accepted into the meet.
“It feels great to be a two-time All-America,” Kincaid said. “A lot of people don’t get this chance. I want to thank God for the opportunity. I also want to thank the UT coaching staff for motivating me and believing in me and my parents for all the traveling they’ve done for my meets and being there for me.”
Tennessee earned seven All-America certificates by five different individuals and one relay team over the course of the weekend. Decathletes Jangy Addy and Michael Ayers also earned All-America acclaim early in meet. The Vols scored more than 20 points at the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the third consecutive season and 22nd time in school history.
Vols track ends in 13th place
Published: Tue Jun 17, 2008 | Modified: Mon Jun 23, 2008 05:10 p.m.