Freshman thrower Cameron Brown and the Vols’ pair of distance medley relay teams put an emphatic close to the opening day of the Kentucky Invitational on Friday, as the Tennessee track & field team opened their indoor season at UK’s Nutter Field House for the seventh-straight year.
With 11 other teams present, the 6-foot-6 rookie thrower closed the men’s weight throw preliminary round with a record-setting 61-foot, 8 1/2-inch (18.81m) toss on his third attempt. The mark bested former Vol Richard Wooten’s indoor freshman record of 60-5 (18.41m), which he set at the Virginia Tech Invitational in 2006.
“The highlight of the first day was definitely Cameron Brown,” said Director of Track & Field and Cross Country J.J. Clark. “To set a freshman school record in his first meet and in a program with such a rich history is great. He looked super on all of his throws. He’ll just need to stay composed and keep it going throughout the year.”
Louisville’s Sam Bombaugh had two tosses over 61 feet in the final round, but fell short of Brown’s first-place mark. Bombaugh finished in second with a distance of 61-1 1/2.
In the final race of the night, the Vols sent two teams out for the distance medley relay on UK’s oversized 300-meter oval and finished 1-2 in the event. The Tennessee B team of Nick Kaiser, Antonio Carter, Jeremy Dickie and Austin Whitelaw finished atop the leaderboard, crossing the line in 10 minutes, 7.97 seconds. The Vols’ A team of Kyle Walter, Joe Franklin, Breon Dixon and Daniel Tobin crossed under a second later in 10.08.81.
“To go 1-2 in the DMR was another nice start,” Clark said. “We had a lot of PR’s today so it was an overall good start to the 2013 season.”
The Lady Vols put forth a solid effort in the women’s DMR, with two teams placing third and seventh, respectively. Indoor All-American Nijgia Snapp kicked off the race for the A squad, while freshman Alexis Panisse anchored the group. Juniors Kianna Ruff and Brittney Jackson filled in the middle slots to take third place in 11:37.3.
The other Lady Vol DMR of Amirah Johnson, Ty-Vonna Johnson, Charity Honeycutt and Kelsey Kane finished seventh in 12:03.74.
Junior pole vaulter Linda Hadfield put forth a career-best effort to open the indoor campaign, finishing second in the event with a clearance on her first attempt at 12 feet, 7 1/2-inches. Sophomore Erin Champion followed Hadfield closely, placing fourth with a personal-best indoor record of 12-3 1/2.
“I was also really happy to see Erin’s and Kasha’s (McDougald) performances, as they both registered new PRs,” said Clark.
The Big Orange had four other Vols competing in the weight throw, as Drew Thomas and Deon McAdoo finished fourth and ninth, respectively. Thomas threw the 35-lb weight 57-3 3/4 on his fifth attempt. Redshirt freshmen Tavis Bailey and Carson Frost placed 11th and 15th in the event, respectively.
In the women’s long jump, sophomore Kasha McDougald advanced to the final round and posted a personal-best mark of 18 feet, 9 3/4-inches on her first leap to finish in ninth place. Fellow Lady Vol Jazmen Townsend finished 19th with a leap of 16-10 3/4 on her third attempt.
Senior Jessie Harrison wound up ninth in the women’s weight throw, notching a 56 foot, 4 3/4-inch toss on her opening throw of the 2013 indoor campaign. Tennessee newcomer ReJean Rouse finished 21st with a top toss of 43-11 1/4 in the event.
In his first indoor meet with the Vols, sophomore Derek McClardy cleared 6-4 3/4 on his third attempt in the high jump to finish in eighth place.
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LADY VOL RESULTS AT THE KENTUCKY INVITATIONAL
Pole Vault: 2. Linda Hadfield, 12-7.5/3.85m!; 4. Erin Champion, 12-3.5/3.75m!
Distance Medley Relay: 3. Nijgia Snapp / Kianna Ruff / Brittney Jackson / Alexis Panisse, 11.37.3; 7. Amirah Johnson / Ty-Vonna Johnson / Charity Honeycutt / Kelsey Kane, 12:03.74
Long Jump: 8. Kasha McDougald, 18-9.75/5.73m!; 19. Jazmen Townsend 16-10.75/5.15m
Weight Throw: 9. Jessie Harrison, 56-4.75/17.19m; 21. ReJean Rouse, 43-11.25/13.39m!
VOL RESULTS AT THE KENTUCKY INVITATIONAL
Distance Medley Relay: 1. Nick Kaiser / Antonio Carter / Jeremy Dickie / Austin Whitelaw, 10:07.97; 2. Kyle Walter / Joe Franklin / Breon Dixon / Daniel Tobin, 10:08.81
High Jump: 8. Derek McClardy, 6-4.75/1.95m!
Weight Throw: 1. Cameron Brown, 61-8.5/18.81m!; 4. Drew Thomas, 57-3.75/17.47m; 9. Deon McAdoo, 54-1.75/16.50m!; 11. Tavis Bailey, 52-2.0/15.9m!; 15. Carson Frost, 46-8.25/14.23m!