June 14. 2008
Des Moines, IA -- The Tennessee men’s track and field team concluded the NCAA Outdoor Championships Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa, on the campus of Drake University with a 13th-place finish after accumulating 21 points during the four-day meet.
“We are pleased to have all three Saturday participants score and get All-America,” head coach Bill Webb said. “It was a great competition and we are fortunate to have such good performances, which were led today by Evander Wells. We had our ups and downs throughout the weekend, but the whole team gave a valiant effort to once again finish as one of the top programs in the nation.”
Sophomore Evander Wells ran to his highest individual finish at an NCAA championship meet as he placed fourth in the 200 with a time of 20.80. The Stone Mountain, Ga., native ends his second collegiate season with six career All-America certificates. In addition to the 200, Wells also earned All-America honors as part of Tennessee’s fifth-place 4x100 relay team on Friday.
“I’m happy about the 200,” Wells said. “I wasn’t feeling too good when I woke up this morning. To run and place as high as I did, I’m happy with that.”
Senior Rubin Williams earned his third All-America honor of these championships and became the first sprinter in school history to win four outdoor 200 All-America certificates by placing sixth in the 200 in 20.96. Williams also ran to All-America acclaim in the 100 and as a part of the Vols’ 4x100 relay team. The San Jose, Calif., native ends his career on Rocky Top as the most-decorated All-America in school history. His 17 All-America honors, which include this year’s 200 indoor national title, place him five ahead of the next-closest individuals in school history.
“It’s good to have All-Americas,” Williams said. “Wins help cement your place in history. Having one (national title) is nice, but at UT there are a lot of people with more than one. All-Americas are nice, but wins are better.”
Knoxville native Yarrick Kincaid became the first Tennessee athlete since 1994 to win All-America honors in the 800 in consecutive seasons. The senior finished eighth in the 800 in 1:50.25 after entering the meet with the 25th-fastest seed time. Kincaid rose to the occasion and advanced through the qualifying rounds even though his season-best time entering the national championships was the last at-large time accepted into the meet.
“It feels great to be a two-time All-America,” Kincaid said. “A lot of people don’t get this chance. I want to thank God for the opportunity. I also want to thank the UT coaching staff for motivating me and believing in me and my parents for all the traveling they’ve done for my meets and being there for me.”
Florida State won the team title with 52 points. The Seminoles were followed by LSU and Auburn in second with 44 points each. Texas scored 35 points to finish fourth and Texas A&M rounded out the top five with 32 points.
Tennessee returns to Knoxville with seven All-America certificates earned by five different individuals and one relay team. In addition to Kincaid, Williams and Wells, decathletes Jangy Addy and Michael Ayers and the 4x100 relay team also earned All-America acclaim. The Vols scored more than 20 points at the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the third consecutive season and 22nd time in school history.
NCAA Outdoor Championships, Des Moines, Iowa
Saturday, June 14, 2008
1. Florida State 52
13. Tennessee 21
1. Walter Dix, Fla. St. 20.40
4. Evander Wells, Tenn. 20.80
6. Rubin Williams, Tenn. 20.96
1. Jacob Hernandez, Texas 1:45.31 FR
8. Yarrick Kincaid, Tenn. 1:50.25
FR-Drake Stadium facility record