Track Vols have stong weekend

Five Vols posted wins over the weekend in the Tennessee Indoor Classic at Stokely Athletics Center.

Sean Lambert raced to victory in the 55m dash. Josh Whisman won the weight throw and Blake Sabo took the decathlete section of the shot put. Rondell Mershon and Andy Lane, both on the Tennessee roster although competing unattached, notched wins in the triple jump and decathlete's pole vault, respectively.

Lambert raced to the fastest 55m dash of his career with a 6.19 winner in the 55m dash finals. The time converts to 6.65 in the 60m dash, the distance at the NCAA meet, to match his career best and give the junior a solid provisional qualifier. Lambert's 6.31 also led all qualifiers in the prelims.

However, Lambert enjoyed orange company in the 55m finals. Jonathan Wade put together a solid 6.29 to take silver. Dwayne Bell Jr. also put in a good showing with a 6.41 lifetime best to earn fifth.

Tennessee exercised its depth in the hurdles, as three Vols ran the fastest time of their lives. Karl Jennings ran to third with a provisional qualifier of 7.35 in a fast second heat of the 55m hurdles finals. Robert Boulware kept improving by taking fifth in a career-best 7.45. While he had a better preliminary run than in the finals, Craig Sutherland's 7.65 prelim time stands as a lifetime best. Back in the finals, Damond Campbell's ninth-place 7.73 also gives him a lifetime best.

The Vols pulled off a top-two sweep in the weight throw. Josh Whisman won the event with a 55-9 measurement. However, Jim Sexton posted a big improvement on his lifetime best with a 55-2 mark in the weight throw.

Pole vaulter Chandler Rice posted a career-best improvement for the second straight week. Rice finished runner-up with a solid 16-10 <= leap. Meanwhile, Jeff Trembley jumped just an inch below his PR from last week. Trembley's 15-10 clearance to take third. Meanwhile, Andy Lane, competing unattached with a redshirt year ahead of him, won the decathlete section of the vault by matching his 15-0 lifetime-best leap.

Rondell Mershon, another Vol competing unattached because he has only outdoor eligibility remaining, won the triple jump with a 48-10 measurement in the sand pit.

Tennessee's decathletes performed well, also. Stephen Harris posted a season-best time of 7.59 in the 55m hurdles prelims and took second in the high jump (6-8) and decathlete section of the pole vault (14-6). Kevin Yeager took second in the long jump (22-7) and notched a 6-4 personal-best clearance in the high jump. Blake Sabo won the decathlete section of the shot put with a lifetime-best heave of 44-2.


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