NEWCOMERS PACE BIG ORANGE ON DAY 1 AT VIRGINIA TECH
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Competing in its second meet of the 2013 indoor season, the University of Tennessee track & field team was led by newcomers on day one of the Virginia Tech Invitational, as the Vols and Lady Vols challenged 14 squads at the Hokies’ Rector Field House in Blacksburg, Va.
Freshman Cameron Brown, who led the Vols in the field at last week’s Kentucky Invitational by setting a UT freshman record and winning the event, got the meet started by taking second place in the men’s weight throw. Brown tossed the 35-pound weight 57 feet, 7 3/4-inches on his sixth and final throw.
Fellow Vol Drew Thomas had a toss of 56-11 1/2 on his second attempt in the men’s weight throw, a mark that was good for third place.
Tennessee’s Terrance Livingston, who returned to the squad this winter, picked up the lone UT win on the opening night of the meet. The Great Neck, N.Y., native cruised around the 200-meter, banked track at Rector Field House in 1 minute, 3.65 seconds to win the men’s 500-meter. His teammate Antonio Carter followed in third place in a personal-record time of 1:04.77.
For the Lady Vols, newcomer Hannah Davidson – a graduate student transfer from Providence College – led the Big Orange women in the mile, placing second after crossing the line in 4:51.57. Davidson, who was just .23 seconds behind the race winner in her UT debut, was followed by junior Amber Zimmerman, who recorded a personal-best 4:52.76 mile.
Senior thrower Jessie Harrison added a runner-up performance for the Lady Vols, as she posted a mark of 58-5 1/4 in the women’s weight throw, while junior Kianna Ruff contributed a third-place finish in the women’s 500m. Ruff, an indoor All-American, crossed the line in a personal-record 1:11.86.
After advancing out of the 60m preliminary round, senior Vol sprinter Arnez Hardnick placed fifth in the finals with a career-best mark of 6.84 seconds.