Tennessee senior middle distance runner Tyler DeVault was named SEC Track
Runner of the Week on Tuesday for his performances during the Sea Ray Relays
last weekend in Knoxville.
The team captain from Fairmont, W.Va., became the first Tennessee athlete to
win the Sea Ray Relays 1,500 title as he took top honors in 3 minutes, 43.72
seconds. His time is the ninth-fastest in school history and also ranks ninth
in the NCAA and first in the SEC this season. DeVault also anchored
Tennessee’s victorious distance medley relay team during the rain-shortened
meet to earn the Tony Wilson Award as the meet’s most outstanding performer.
DeVault’s honor marks the second straight weekend of competition for
Tennessee that a Vol has been awarded Track Runner of the Week by the
conference. Evander Wells earned the award two weekends ago after the Yellow
Jacket Invitational, and the Vols were off the week before the Sea Ray Relays.
Tennessee is in action again this weekend, as the team travels to Nashville
for the Vanderbilt Invitational.
VOLS SIXTH IN TRACKWIRE POLL
Tennessee men’s track and field team slipped one spot to sixth in this week’s
Trackwire poll. The Vols are projected to score 28 points at the NCAA Outdoor
Championships and tie with Oregon.
Rubin Williams is ranked second in the 200 after finishing second at this
year’s NCAA Indoor Championships. Team captain Chris Helwick remained second
in the decathlon following his 7,732-point performance last weekend at the Sea
Ray Relays. Freshman Evander Wells, who holds the fastest time recorded in the
nation so far this season in the 200, is ranked fourth in the event. Wells and
Williams are also ranked eighth and ninth, respectively, in the 100.
Two-time defending SEC indoor champion Michael Hogue, who is still undefeated
through three competitions this outdoor season, is ranked seventh in the pole
vault. Freshman Kyle Stevenson made his debut in the rankings this week and is
currently 12th in the 200. The Vols 4x100 relay team slipped to fifth.
Defending outdoor champion Florida State leads the rankings with 65 points.
Auburn is ranked second with 42 points, followed by Southern California with
39 points. Arizona State jumped to fourth with 34 points this week, and LSU is
fifth with 34. Georgia (14th-tie, 19 points), Arkansas (20th-tie, 16 points),
Florida (23rd-tie, 15 points) and Mississippi (25th-tie, 11 points) are also
ranked, giving the SEC seven teams in the poll, tied with the Pac-10 for the
most from one conference.
The Trackwire 25 projects a hypothetical score for the NCAA meet, factoring
in injury reports and other variables supported by information gathered from
coaches and NCAA-qualifying competitions across the country. This projection
is generated by scoring the Dandy Dozen, a power ranking of the top-12
athletes and relay squads in each NCAA event.
The factors used to build the D12 include quantitative values that measure
performances in past major competitions (such as conference championships,
national championships and Olympic competition), durability and freedom from
injuries, demonstrated ability to compete well in multiple rounds of
competition, ability in other events, head-to-head competition with other top
athletes, and personal or seasonal bests. The complete poll can be found at
The Vols also fell to sixth in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country
Coaches Association poll after being ranked fifth last week.
Florida State, the defending outdoor champion, leads the rankings. SEC foe
Auburn is ranked second, followed by Southern California. LSU and Arizona
State round out the top five. Georgia is ranked 13th, Arkansas is 16th and
Florida is 18th in this week’s poll, giving the SEC six teams ranked in the
poll that recognizes the top-20 teams in the nation.
Thirty-five coaches, including one representative from each Division I
conference, vote in the USTFCCCA Division I indoor poll. The complete poll can
be found at www.ustfccca.com.