“UT has a large contingent at the meet between current Vols and our alumni,”
head coach Bill Webb said. “We are well represented and look for a number of our athletes to make international teams. Our guys have good opportunities to compete against professional athletes and challenge for spots in the World Championships or World Junior Championships.
NCAA runner-up and SEC champion Rubin Williams enters the 200 after claiming the indoor and outdoor conference championship in the event. Williams concluded his junior season with a second-place finish behind collegiate record-holder Walter Dix at the NCAA Outdoor Championships to earn the 12th All-America certificate of his career. The San Jose, Calif., native finished eighth in the 200 at last year’s USA championships, which were also held in Indianapolis.
Freshman Evander Wells also will run the 200 after claiming All-America honors in the event at the indoor and outdoor NCAA championship meets. The Stone Mountain, Ga., native won the 100 and 200 at last year’s USA Youth Outdoor Championships and finished second while running the first leg of the 4x100 for the US Junior National Team at the 2006 IAAF World Junior Championships in Beijing. Wells and Williams enter the meet with identical personal-best times of 20.43 and are tied for fifth on Tennessee’s all-time performance list in the 200.
Junior Yarrick Kincaid enters the meet on the heels of his first All-America performance in the 800. The Knoxville native’s personal-best time of 1:47.98 ranks 10th on Tennessee’s all-time performance list in the event.
Team captains Jangy Addy and Chris Helwick are entered in the decathlon two weeks after each earned All-America honors in the event. Addy finished third with a personal-best score of 7,808 that ranks seventh on the Vols all-time performance list and Helwick placed sixth with his score of 7,633. Helwick, Tennessee’s school record holder in the heptathlon, won the USA junior decathlon championship in 2004 and went on to finish eighth at the IAAF World Junior Decathlon Championships that same year.
Freshman Kyle Stevenson, who earned an All-America certificate as the third leg on Tennessee’s 4x100 relay, is competing in the USA Junior Championships.
To be eligible for the junior championships, an athlete must not turn 20 during the year of competition. Stevenson, a Memphis native, owns the third-fastest 200 time in the field and also will contest the 100.
In addition to the current Tennessee athletes competing, former Vols Anthony Famiglietti, Patrick Gildea, Jebreh Harris, Tim Mack, Aries Merritt, Tom Pappas, Leonard Scott and Leigh Smith are entered in the meet.
Famiglietti, a three-time All-America selection, enters the meet with the second-fastest time this season in the steeplechase. He competed in the event at the 2004 Olympics after finishing second at the Olympic Trials. Famiglietti ended last season ranked second in the country in the steeplechase and fifth in the 1,500. Gildea will run his second 10,000 of this season after finishing eighth in the Mt. Sac Relays on April 13th. He finished 11th in the event at last year’s national championship meet.
Harris, a two-time All-America and current volunteer coach for the Vols, joins Kincaid in the 800. Harris enters the meet with the fifth-fastest American clocking this season. He finished third in the USA meet last year and still stands sixth on Tennessee’s all-time performance list in the 800.
Mack, a three-time All-America selection and the 1995 NCAA indoor champion in the pole vault, won a gold medal and broke the Olympic record at the 2004 Olympics with his vault of 19-6 1/4. He won the pole vault at the 2004 Olympic Trials and also at the 2002 USA Indoor Championships. Mack enters this year’s championships with the second-highest mark in the country this season.
Merritt, a seven-time All-America and two-time NCAA champion, will contest the 110 hurdles. He enters the meet with the eighth-fastest American time so far this year. Merritt holds 14 total school, meet or facility records, and recorded the second-fastest collegiate time ever in the 110 hurdles with his
13.21 clocking at last year’s NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Pappas, a two-time All-America and the 1999 NCAA decathlon champion, looks to defend his title from last year. Pappas earned his fourth USA championship in the decathlon by scoring 8,319 points and ended last season ranked second in the USA and seventh in the world in the decathlon.
Scott, an 11-time All-America, is entered in the 100. He won the 2006 indoor world and USA championship in the 60 and ended last season ranked third in America in the 100. While he was competing for the Vols, Scott was a member of three national championship teams as he helped UT win the 2001 outdoor and
2002 indoor track championships, as well as the 1998 football title.
Smith, a three-time All-America and three-time SEC champion, will compete in the javelin. He enters the meet with the second-best throw in the country this season. Smith holds the Tennessee school record and SEC meet record in the event.
The top-three finishers in each event this weekend qualify for the US team that will compete in the World Championships in Osaka, Japan from Aug. 25-Sept. 2. ESPN2 will air live coverage of the USA Outdoor Championships on Friday from 8-9 p.m. Eastern time, and also will feature tape-delayed coverage on Saturday from 7-8 p.m. NBC plans to have live coverage on Saturday from 2-3 p.m. and again on Sunday from 1-3 p.m. A complete schedule of events, as well as start lists for each event, can be found at USATF.com. Live results will be available at UTsports.com throughout the competition.
Story Courtesy: UT Sports Information