Hengst and Lewis highlighted several strong performances for Tennessee on Friday as the Big Orange was represented in three meets. Notable action from the Tiger Paw Invitational at Clemson, the Music City Challenge at Vanderbilt and the David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston University can be found below.
Tiger Paw Invitational – Clemson, SC
Tennessee’s sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers opened the weekend at the Clemson Indoor Track & Field Complex, competing against a host of SEC, ACC and other Power Five competition at the Tiger Paw Invitational. UT was well represented in the 60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdle events and set several milestones in the 400-meter dash to highlight Friday’s performances at Clemson.
The top three sprinting Lady Vol e Jacious Sears, Dennis Page AND Joella Lloyd each showed their speed during three rounds of the 60-meter dash on Friday. Sears had the best times of the day in qualifying and the semifinals with marks of 7.14 and 7.13, respectively, while Page won both of her prelims in 7.23 and a lifetime best of 7.18. Her time of 7.18 in the semifinals moved the Camden, New Jersey, native to No. 4 on the Lady Vol all-time lists and tied the No. 4 in the NCAA this season. Lloyd had season-best marks of 7.27 in her final two races of the day, placing seventh in the semifinals before taking the win in the final.
On the men’s side, the sophomore T’Mars McCallum took third in the 60m final after tying her PR last week with a mark of 6.63 seconds – mark no. 9 in school history. True beginner Donna Howell had a career day himself, running a personal best 6.64 in the semifinals before placing seventh in the final with a time of 6.66.
Youth transfer Layla Anderson continued her strong debut season for the Lady Vols in the 60-meter hurdles, posting impressive performances in the qualifying rounds before clocking 8.07 seconds in the finals. Her mark was the second-fastest by a collegian Friday and the second-fastest performance of her career — behind her time of 8.06 set earlier this season at the Ted Nelson Invitational.
UT’s 400-meter dash team posted four times that broke the program’s all-time top 10 lists Friday at Clemson. Lady Vol in sophomore year Javonya Valcourt and graduate transfer DaJour Miles recorded marks of 52.32 and 52.74 that now rank third and fourth, respectively, in program history. Valcourt’s time went down as a personal best, while Miles’ mark came in her first open 400m race as a Lady Vol.
First Tennessee students Zyaire Nuriddin AND Christian Parker each followed with personal bests in the men’s quarter mile, turning in 400-meter times of 46.23 and 46.63 for the Big Orange. Nuriddin’s mark topped his first UT record by three-tenths of a second, and the pair now ranks fourth and fifth on the program’s all-time list in the indoor 400-meter dash.
Music City Challenge – Nashville, Tenn.
Hengst and Lewis led the action in Nashville with their historic sub-4 miles. UT junior Christopher Cherry narrowly missed becoming the third Vol to accomplish the feat, finishing fifth behind Lewis in a personal-best 4:00.18 to improve his standing as the fourth-fastest performer in school history.
Mrs. High Vol Carolyn Barksdale also picked a new PR in the mile at Vanderbilt, dropping more than five seconds to a lifetime-best 4:44.46. Her classmate Msgana Araya also turned in a PB in the women’s 5,000m with a time of 16:40.10, placing fourth at Vanderbilt.
David Hemery Valentine Invitation – Boston, Mass.
A quartet of Lady Vol distance runners made their season debuts Friday night at Boston University, running the 5,000 meters at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational. Donning Summitt Blue jerseys in their Tennessee track debut, Emily Covert (15:52.89), Caroline Lyerly (16:06.65) and Ashley Jones (16:06.74) each made their mark on the program’s all-time list in the event. The trio is ranked number 6, no. 8 and no. 9 in the Lady Vol 5k indoor standings after their performance on Friday.
Knoxville native Callie Tucker also competed in Boston and ran a lifetime best of 16:54.88.
PR SLEEP: Tennessee athletes combined to break or tie 15 personal indoor records Friday at the Tiger Paw Invitational, Music City Challenge and David Hemery Valentine Invitational.
NEXT: All three meets conclude on Saturday, starting at 12:45 PM ET in Clemson with the women’s 200 meters and ending at 8:30 PM with the men’s 5,000 meters in Boston.