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Tennessee Sets Five World Top 15 Marks to Wrap Up Texas Relays

AUSTIN, Texas — On the fourth and final day of competition at the 95th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, Tennessee track & field posted five performances that currently rank inside the top 15 on the 2023 world list for this outdoor season. Top showings came in the men’s 110-meter hurdles, men’s and women’s 200-meter dash, men’s 4×100-meter relay and women’s long jump on Saturday at Mike A. Myers Stadium.

After logging an all-conditions world leading time of 13.21 seconds (+6.8 m/s wind) in Friday’s 110-meter hurdles prelims, Tennessee grad student Devon Brooks came back for the final on Saturday and set a wind-legal, personal-best mark of 13.40 to establish the No. 4 time in the world this year. The McDonough, Georgia, native ranks second in the NCAA and became the fourth-fastest performer in Tennessee history with his clocking in Austin.

Lady Vol senior Jacious Sears followed up her phenomenal indoor season with a lifetime-best season opener in Saturday’s invitational 200-meter dash, clocking in at 22.81 seconds to finish as the top collegian at the Texas Relays. Her mark shattered her previous PR by more than half a second and currently ranks No. 2 in the NCAA this season, No. 8 on the 2023 world list and No. 5 in Tennessee history.

On the men’s side, junior Vol Javonte Harding also had a world class opener with his time of 20.24 to place fourth overall in the invitational 200-meter dash. His time was the third-fastest in the NCAA this season, fifth on the 2023 world list and vaulted the Prince George, Virginia, native to No. 5 on Tennessee all-time outdoor list.

The Vols earned a podium finish in the university/college men’s 4×100-meter relay final on Saturday with a season-best mark of 38.85 from the quartet of T’Mars McCallumEmmanuel BynumNigel Green and Harding for third place. The group became the sixth-fastest relay in school history and tabbed the No. 4 performance in the NCAA and No. 7 time in the world this season.

After running the opening leg of the 4×200-meter relay in the morning, Lady Vol grad student Charisma Taylor harnessed Tennessee’s momentum into an outdoor PR and top-5 finish in the women’s invitational long jump. The Nassau, Bahamas, native leaped 6.41 meters (21-0.5) for fourth place to become the No. 3 performer in UT history while currently ranking fourth in the NCAA and top-15 globally.

Full results from the 95th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays can be accessed via TexasSports.com.

VFL IN ACTION: Former Vol and 2017 Bowerman Award winner Christian Coleman was on site for the Texas Relays, running the opening leg of a world-leading 4×100-meter relay for USA Red that stopped the clock at 38.08 seconds. The Atlanta native also ran the invitational 4×400-meter relay and helped USA Red capture the win in 3:02.38.

VALCOURT DEBUTS AT HIGH POINT: With several Vols and Lady Vols competing at the VertKlasse Meeting in High Point, North Carolina, true freshman Javonya Valcourt stood out in her collegiate outdoor debut in the 400-meter dash. She posted a lifetime-best mark of 53.73 to finish ahead of nine other competitors as the top collegian at the meet.

Full results from the HPU VertKlasse Meeting can be accessed via Flash Results, Inc.

UP NEXT: Rocky Top will serve as host of the Tennessee Invite next weekend, with UT’s annual home meet scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, April 6-8 at Tom Black Track. The Big Orange will welcome more than 50 collegiate programs to the meet and will honor its senior class of 24 athletes on Saturday at approximately 3:10 p.m.

Source : UTSports