Gridder Greer sparkles in hurdles

So much for warming up... <br> Running the 60-meter hurdles for the first time ever, Vol football player Jabari Greer recorded the fourth-fastest time in UT history in the Kroger Invitational last weekend at Blacksburg, Va.

Greer, who was a starting cornerback for Phil Fulmer's football team last fall, qualiofied for the finals with a time of 7.83 seconds that also was an NCAA provisional qualifier. His mark ranks only behind Willie Gault, Dawane Wallace and teammate Karl Jennings. Greer ultimately finished fifth in the event finals, clocking 7.89. Teammates Karl Jennings (7.96 for seventh place) and Robert Boulware (8.03 for ninth) also finished in the top 10. Boulware, like Greer, is a defensive back for the Vol football team.

Yet another Vol football player, freshman receiver Jonathan Wade, won the 60-meter dash in a personal-best time of 6.70 seconds. Vol teammate Sean Lambert was second in 6.73.

In other events ...
• UT's Gary Kikaya won the 200-meter dash (21.23) in an NCAA provisional qualifying time.

• Rocky Danners won the pole vault in 17 feet, 6 1/2 inches, a season best and provisional qualifying mark.

• UT swept the top two spots in the pentathlon. Stephen Harris led the way with 4,110 points. Harris won the long jump with 23-9 1/2 leap. He also went 8.24 in the 60m hurdles, 41-5 3/4 in the shot put, 6-8 3/4 in the high jump and a 2:44.95 clocking in the 1,000m run. Vol teammate Kevin Thompson turned in a second-place, 3,981-point effort. Thompson's highlights came with a 52-5 1/2 heave in the shot put, more than two-feet farther than his previous lifetime best, and a 6-8 3/4 leap in the high jump. UT's Blake Sabo took fifth with 3,602 points. Teammate Kevin Yeager secured sixth with a 3,585 tally and Alex Hritcu wrapped up the Vol effort in seventh place with 3,552 points.

• Josh Whisman distinguished himself in the weight throw, his 58-6 3/4 measurement earning third place.

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