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Harding’s Sub-21 Clocking Highlights Saturday Showings At Bob Pollock Meet

Harding’s Sub-21 Clocking Highlights Saturday Showings At Bob Pollock Meet


CLEMSON, S.C. – Tennessee senior sprinter Javonte’ Harding turned in a season-best time of 20.77 in the 200-meter dash on Saturday at the Bob Pollock Invitational. The Prince George, Virginia, native placed second at the meet, and his time ranked 14th on the 2023-24 NCAA Division I indoor list.
 

Harding’s sprint highlighted 15 UT student-athletes in action on the second and final day of competition at the Clemson Indoor Track & Field Complex. Five Tennessee newcomers turned in personal-best performances in the 200-meter dash, including rookie standout Zyaire Nuriddin whose time of 21.03 ranked No. 3 among NCAA Division I freshmen this season. His mark was good for fourth at the meet after obliterating the Tennessee freshman record in the 400-meter with a U20 world leading mark of 46.54 on Friday.
 
Christian Parker (21.27), Aaron Bell (21.32), Nakhi Benjamin (21.54) and Davonte Howell (21.61) all broke or tied their indoor personal records in the 200-meter dash in a strong showing for the Big Orange to close out the meet.
 
In the men’s high jump, Tennessee’s underclassmen duo shared bronze as sophomore Brandon Pottinger and freshman Grant Campbell each cleared 2.10 meters (6-10.75). Pottinger’s performance was a season-best and moved him No. 12 in the SEC this season.
 
On the women’s side, a trio of Lady Vols competed in the women’s 200-meter dash to open Day 2 in Clemson. Senior Kayla Sweeney led the way in a season-best 24.28 seconds for 15th place, while Kiara Smith and Joella Lloyd posted times of 24.49 and 24.52, respectively.
 
DISTANCE DUO: The Lady Vols had a pair of distance specialists rounding out the weekend in Boston at the John Thomas Terrier Classic. UT senior Carolyn Barksdale ran her first mile of the season and won Heat 4 with a lifetime-best mark of 4:49.92, while junior Rachel Sutliff closed out the meet in the 3k with a personal-best time of 9:19.10. The performance improved Sutliff’s standing as the No. 9 performer in Tennessee history.
 
BIG ORANGE DEBUT: Rookie pole vaulter Kyler Nichols made his collegiate debut on Saturday at Clemson and cleared a height of 4.40m (14-5.25) on his third attempt.

PR TRACKER: Tennessee athletes combined to break or tie seven indoor personal records on Saturday at the Bob Pollock Invitational and the John Thomas Terrier Classic.

UP NEXT: The track & field squad will split up again next weekend, sending athletes to Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the New Mexico…

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