Tennessee freshman thrower Cameron Brown came into his first SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships with high expectations, and delivered early Saturday morning in Fayetteville, Ark.
On his last toss of the finals, Brown hurled the weight 64 feet, 4.5 inches to break his own school freshman record and finish in fifth place, earning four points for the Vols. The record also ranks fifth all-time in UT indoor history.
Lady Vol pole vaulters Linda Hadfield and Erin Champion both notched points early on for Tennessee. Hadfield and Champion finished fifth and sixth, respectively, both recording a mark of 13-1½. It was a personal record for Champion.
For the Lady Vol throwers, freshman Cassie Wertman placed sixth in the shot put with a personal-best throw of 52-4½, which ranks fifth all-time in the UT indoor record books.
Senior Kia Jackson put up a huge number (20-1) on her first leap in the women’s long jump. That jump held up for a sixth-place finish and ranks in the top 10 in UT indoor history.
Senior Lady Vol Nijgia Snapp, who placed third in the event last season, is moving on to today’s 800-meter final with a time of 2 minutes, 8.19 seconds.
Senior Terry Benson, who placed third in the event last season, advanced to the finals of the 60 hurdles with a time of 8.12 in the prelims.
Through five events, the Lady Vols are tied for sixth with 13 total points, while the Vols are tied for 10th with four points. Arkansas leads both men’s and women’s fields. The third-ranked women have 37 points, while the top-ranked Razorbacks have 52.
UT’s pole vaulters, one of the Vols’ strengths, will compete today, starting at 1 p.m.