KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- One of Tennessee’s all-time greats in the javelin throw has passed away. Jeff Field, a four-year track & field letterwinner and an All-America performer during his collegiate career, died at his home in Knoxville on Thanksgiving Day due to complications from diabetes.
Field came to UT from North East, Pa., in September 1981 and earned letters from 1982 to 1985, helping the Vols win SEC Outdoor Championships all four seasons under the direction of Stan Huntsman. He graduated from UT in 1985 with a degree in education, with specialization in industrial arts/technology, and had taught since 1988 in the Knox County School System.
During his stint with the Big Orange, Field garnered All-America acclaim in 1983 for an eighth-place finish (sixth American) at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Houston, Texas. He later charted the third-best javelin mark in Vol history at 256 feet, seven inches in 1984.
All four seasons, Field was a top-five SEC finisher in the javelin. From his freshman season on, he placed third, second, third and fourth, respectively, posting his previously-mentioned career best at the 1984 conference meet.
Please click on the following link to read Jeff Field’s obituary: http://www.icgerie.com/homes/bowers/obit/2011/11/field.html