Blankenship ties UT freshman pole vault record

The Tennessee men's and women's track teams finished out competition at the 2013 Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City with some impressive midseason performances on Saturday.

Most notable was freshman Jake Blankenship's victory in the championship division of the men's pole vault with a jump of 18 feet, 1/2 inch. Blankenship continues a phenomenal indoor campaign as the mark raised his previous personal best by four inches.He is currently tiedfor the school's freshman record set by Olympic silver-medalist and former Vol Lawrence Johnson, and tied for third on the Vols' indoor list all time.

Junior Jarael Nelvis ran to a fifth-place finish in the 200-meter championship division with a run of 21.41 seconds.

Senior Nijgia Snapp ran a personal-best 2:07.24 in the 800-meter run to secure a fifth-place finish for the Lady Vols. Teammate Kianna Ruff grabbed seventh place with a run of 2:08.24.

Tennessee freshman Felicia Brown finished 12th in the championship division of the women's 200 in 24.15 seconds.

The women's 4x400 relay team placed seventh with a time of 3:40.97, while the men's relay placed 16th with a time of 3:16.54 in the day's final event.

Both squads will be in competition next weekend as some athletes will head to the Flotrack Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash. while others will compete at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.

Men's Tennis: The 15th-ranked Vols returned to Urbana, Ill., for the second time in eight days and earned the same result at Atkins Tennis Center.

After winning a tight doubles point that came down to a tiebreaker on court 3, the Vols (10-0) rolled in singles in front of a hostile road crowd for a 4-0 victory against No. 25 Illinois.

Junior Jarryd Chaplin and sophomore Mikelis Libietis picked up straight-set wins before John Collins clinched the match on court 5 with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Brian Page.

Last week, the Vols defeated the Illini 4-0 in the opening round of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. Collins had also provided the clinching point in that shutout.

Of Tennessee's 10 wins this year, nine have come in shutout form.

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