Redshirt freshman Kyle Quinn closed competition for Tennessee at the NCAA Track and Field National Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday with a 10th-place finish in the javelin.
Quinn’s throw of 229 feet, 8 inches almost got him into the finals Saturday but fell just three inches short of qualifying for three more throws.
“Kyle gave a valiant effort here today,” said J.J. Clark, UT’s Director of Track & Field/Cross Country in a school release. “He almost PR’d and that’s what you want at this meet.”
Quinn’s top-10 finish closed what was a rather uneventful national meet for both men’s and women’s teams.
The Vols finished tied for 77th in the team standings with .75 points. The Lady Vols failed to score for the first time since 2000.
“Overall, we had some rough performances, but the good news is we brought a very young group to Oregon and we’re looking forward to bringing more people — doubling our numbers — back here for next year’s NCAA Championships,” said Clark. “We’ll reload and build momentum for the future.”
Texas A&M and Florida shared the men’s title with 53 points. Arkansas was in third with 46.5.
Kansas (60) won the women’s meet. Texas A&M (44) was second and LSU (40) fourth.