Tennessee's Tavis Bailey wins discus at Florida Relays

Tavis Bailey

Tavis Bailey

Junior Tavis Bailey earned his second discus victory of the outdoor season Saturday as Tennessee finished competition at the 75th-annual Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla.

Bailey threw a career best 200 feet, 5 inches (61.10 meters) to win the invitational competition by nearly five feet. He also won the discus at the Alabama Relays to open the outdoor season and it was the second time he has recorded a distance of more than 200 feet.

Bailey added a 10th-place finish in the shot put (56-9.25).

The Lady Vols scored a relay victory with Brittney Jackson, Kelsey Kane, Patavia Lowery and Alexis Panisse teaming up to win the 4x800-meter relay in 8 minutes, 44.29 seconds. They led the field by a full 10 seconds.

In the field, Cassie Wertman achieved the top individual result. She was third in the shot put at 53-10.25. Aslynn Halvorson was eighth at 49-8.5 (15.15m).

The Vols finished fourth in the distance medley relay. The team of Antonio Carter, Carson Frost, Lucas Hadden and Jamol James recorded a time of 9:59.14.

Two of the men’s pole vaulters were in action for the first time this season. Chase Brannon led the way, cleaning 16-8.75 to finish sixth.

On Friday, Aslynn Halvorson finished fifth in the women’s discus with a mark of 158 feet.

Kyle Quinn highlighted field performers for the men, throwing 227 to earn second in the javelin.

Meanwhile, Chelsea Blaase broke the Tennessee school record by more than 10 seconds (33:13.94) in the 10,000-meter run late Friday night at the Stanford (Calif.) Invitational.

Women’s Golf: Tennessee finished sixth at the Rebel Intercollegiate in Oxford, Miss., with a team score of 881. It was the Lady Vols’ best finish since winning the Lady Bulldog Individual in February.

The Lady Vols were led by career bests from freshman Hannah Pietila and junior Daeun Song.

Pietila had her first top-10 finish, tying for ninth at 2-over 218.

“I had a few unwanted 3-putts but overall it was a good day... really fun day,” Pietila said.

Song had a trio of career bests, finishing tied for 16th at 220, capped by a bogey-free, final round 71.

Men’s Golf: Tennessee is tied for 10th with a 36-hole score of 3-over 579 after the opening day of the 3M Augusta (Ga.) Invitational.

The Vols were led by freshman Jack Smith, who is tied for ninth individually at 3-under 141.

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