The Vols were represented by team captains Jangy Addy, Tyler DeVault and Chris Helwick, with Andy Baksa, Jeff Day, Michael Hogue and Richard Wooten also making the team. To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team, an athlete must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and meet the NCAA Division-I regional or provisional qualifying standard in his event.
“Academics are extremely important to us,” head coach Bill Webb said. “We also strive to be competitive on a national level athletically and academically. It is nice to see these guys get recognized for excelling in competition and in the classroom.
Addy claimed his first individual conference championship by scoring 5,688 points in the heptathlon at the SEC Indoor Championships. The junior from Norcross, Ga., defended his title by winning the decathlon at the SEC Outdoor Championships before earning his first All-America certificate with his third-place finish in the decathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Addy’s heptathlon score ranks fourth on Tennessee’s all-time performance list in the event and he is currently seventh in school history in the decathlon with
Baksa, a senior from Knoxville, qualified for the Mideast Regional in the 5,000 with his seventh-place, 14:03.51 finish in the championship section of the event at the Penn Relays.
Day ran on Tennessee’s SEC champion and school record-breaking distance medley relay teams during the indoor season. The senior from Springfield, Va., recorded a regional-qualifying time in the steeplechase for the fourth consecutive year during the outdoor season. He ran his season-best time of
8:52.74 while crossing the line as the highest Division-I collegiate finisher at the Penn Relays.
DeVault, a senior from Fairmont, W.Va., anchored Tennessee’s SEC champion and school record-breaking distance medley relay teams during the indoor season before qualifying for the Mideast Regional in the 1,500 outdoors. He was the first Vol to win the 1,500 at the Sea Ray Relays and won the Tony Wilson Award as the most outstanding track performer at the meet. DeVault’s winning time of
3:43.72 from the Sea Ray Relays ranks ninth in school history.
Helwick earned All-America honors in the heptathlon indoors and the decathlon outdoors. Tennessee’s school record holder in the heptathlon finished sixth in the event at the NCAA Indoor Championships after a runner-up performance at the conference championships. The senior from Greeley, Colo., won the Sea Ray Relays decathlon for the second consecutive year while breaking his own meet decathlon javelin record in the process. Helwick finished seventh in the decathlon at the USA Outdoor Championships and will compete for Team USA in the USA vs. Germany Decathlon Championships, which will be held Aug. 18-19 in Stuttgart, Germany.
Hogue won the conference championship in the pole vault indoors and outdoors to raise his individual title haul to three. The junior from Germantown also earned his first two All-America certificates this season, finishing fifth at the NCAA Indoor Championships and seventh at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Hogue’s outdoor season included a streak of six straight wins to start the season. His personal-best clearance of 17-8 1/2 ranks ninth on Tennessee’s all-time performance list in the pole vault.
Wooten, a sophomore from Memphis, recorded regional-qualifying marks in the shot put and hammer throw during the outdoor season. His personal-best hammer throw of 205-2 ranks fifth on Tennessee’s all-time performance list in the event, while his best mark of 62-8 3/4 in the weight throw places him fifth on the school’s all-time performance list.
Tennessee’s seven honorees are the most in the conference and place UT in the top-five in the nation for the second consecutive year. BYU and Stanford tied for the national lead with 11 selections each, followed by Oregon with nine and Nebraska with eight. Tennessee and Notre Dame tied for fifth with seven athletes on the All-Academic Team. The complete team can be found at USTFCCCA.com.
The Vols had 24 athletes earn a grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the spring semester.
Story Courtesy: UT Sports Information