Fifteen current and former members of the University of Tennessee men’s and women’s track and field teams traveled to Eugene, Ore., to compete at the USA Track and Field Championships from Thursday, June 25, through Sunday, June 28.
Representing the men’s program, two-time All-American Garland Porter, who competed for the Vols from 2004-2005, placed sixth in the hammer throw. Rubin Williams, who ended his four-year career in 2008 as the most decorated All-American in UT’s history with 17 All-America certificates, placed seventh in the 200 meter dash and raced to a 19th place finish in the 100 meter dash, failing to qualify for the final heat. Anthony Famiglietti, a member of the Volunteer track squad from 1999-2000, finished eighth in the 5000 meter run and also qualified but did not compete in the steeplechase and 10,000 meter run.
Two seniors on the 2009 track team also competed at the event. Akeem Hardnett and Nick Panezich, both fresh off performances at the NCAA Championships in early June, competed but failed to qualify for advancement in the triple jump and shot put, respectively.
For the women’s program, freshman Chanelle Price continued her very promising career, winning the junior 800 meters with a time of 2.06.79.
“This is my last chance to be a [junior] world champion,” Price said. “It wasn’t the time that I wanted, but I got the win.”
Junior Phoebe Wright also earned a third place finish in the 800 meters with a personal best time of 2.01.12.
“[Wright’s] learning curve has been very fast,” newly appointed Director of Track & Field J.J. Clark said.
Freshman Ellen Wortham finished fifth in the 400 meter hurdles while graduating All-American senior Sarah Bowman placed 11th in the 1500 meters. Senior Celriece Law and former Lady Vol Tianna Madison each placed 11th in semi-final heats of the 100 meter hurdles and 100 meter dash, respectfully, but each failed to qualify for the finals in their events. Madison also displayed her versatility by finishing 14th in the long jump.
Aslynn Halvorson, a Lady Vol signee who will join the team this fall, placed third in the junior discus throw. Freshman Ramzee Fondren finished 10th in her junior 800 meter first round heat but failed to make the final. Another freshman, Laquoya Kelly, threw to a 13th place finish in the junior hammer throw while former Lady Vol Nicole Cook placed 23rd in the first round of the 800 meters but failed to advance. Olympic Champion and former Lady Vol DeeDee Trotter also competed at the event earning a 15th place finish in the 400 meters.
The top finishers in each event will represent the United States at the World Championships held Aug. 15-23 in Berlin while top finishers in the junior events will compete in the Pan Am Junior Championships in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, from July 31 through Aug. 2.