Tennessee looked good at times Sunday, just not often enough.
The Vols crossed the finish line first in the one of two sections of the final in the men’s 1600-meter relay with a time of 3 minutes, 8.2 seconds during the SEC Outdoor Championships in Columbia, Mo.
The team of Terrance Livingston, Michael Williams, Antonio Carter and Jarael Nelvis walked around on the infield to cool down after congratulating each other.
But then they had to watch the second section.
What they saw was six teams beat the mark they set.
For Tennessee, the result was all too common over the course of the four-day event.
The men’s team finished tied with Mississippi State for 11th with 33 points. Arkansas won the meet with 152.5 points.
On the women’s side, the Lady Vols finished ninth with 38.5 points. Texas A&M won with 117.
“We had some highlights, and we had some good things,” Tennessee coach J.J. Clark said. “We had some good things materialize. I know where I want to be, and how we want to get there, and that’s my goal.
“We have a lot of people coming back in general, because we don’t have a lot of seniors. That’s exciting, and I feel optimistic about that.”
The Lady Vols’ sprinters were among the bright spots Sunday.
In the women’s 800-meter, Kiana Ruff finished fourth with a time of 2 minutes, 6.08 seconds and Nijgia Snapp was right behind in fifth at 2:07.19.
“We had a lot of surprises,” Ruff said. “I’m not ecstatic, but I’m glad I was able to score for my team.”
One surprise for Tennessee was Kia Jackson, who finished fifth (11.56) in the 100-meter.
Chase Brannon jumped 17 feet, 8 3/4 inches in his last attempt and went on to finish third in the men’s pole vault. Brannon earned five points for Tennessee while teammate Jake Blankenship earned three with his fifth-place finish.
“I think I jumped pretty well in the wind, so that’s why I was able to get a third place,” Brannon said.
Brannon said he thought the wind hurt other pole vaulters, including Blankenship. Prior to the event, Blankenship had a 18-4 3/4 mark, second only to Arkansas’ Andrew Irwin, who won the event Sunday by clearing 18-4 1/4.
In other events, the women’s 400 relay team of Felicia Brown, Bianca Blair, Jackson, and Emily Yarnell placed fourth at 45.22 seconds.
Blair also finished seventh in the women’s 100 hurdles. After running a personal best 13.43 on Saturday to qualify for the final, Blair ran 13.95 in the final.
Cassie Wertman, who already earned the Lady Vols five points on Saturday in the women’s discus throw, finished sixth in the shot put for another three points. Felicia Brown placed fourth in the 200 with a time of 23.22.