Freshman pole vaulter Jake Blankenship finished second and the Tennessee track & field team concluded the 2013 SEC Indoor Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center on Sunday in Fayetteville, Ark., with the men (32 points) and women (29 points) both finishing in eighth.
Arkansas doubled-up, claiming both the men’s and the women’s team titles with 152.50 and 114.50 points, respectively.
“This was a championship that we had some underclassmen come through,” said Tennessee Director of Track & Field/Cross Country J.J. Clark. “We had Cassie (Wertman), Cameron (Brown) and Jake all scoring as freshmen. Austin Whitelaw was ninth, just outside of scoring. Both DMRs are returning next year so it was kind of the theme throughout. We have some maturity to do in that area, but within a year’s time I believe we’ll see a totally different program.”
Blankenship posted the highest finish of the meet for Tennessee and improved his own school freshman record with a vault of 18 feet, 2½ inches.
Blankenship now ranks third all-time in UT indoor pole vault history.
“Jake is doing a great job. Whenever you can take second as a freshman at the SEC meet is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Clark. “
Junior Chase Brannon placed fourth in the event with a mark of 17-5½.
Senior Nijgia Snapp placed third in the women’s 800-meter run with a season-best mark of 2 minutes, 5.97 seconds.
The Lady Vols’ distance medley relay team placed fourth and the 4x400-meter relay finished sixth.
The Vols DMR and 4x400m relays both placed fifth. Senior Terry Benson placed sixth in the men’s 60-meter hurdles with a mark of 8.05 seconds.
Sophomore Matthew Hoty placed fifth in the men’s shot put with a mark of 60-10¾. Lady Vol senior thrower Jessie Harrison won the opening flight in the women’s weight throw and went on to finish in seventh place in the finals. Harrison’s best toss of 62-1.25 came on her second attempt in the final round.