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Bynum, Sears Post World Top-3 Performances At New Mexico Collegiate Classic

Bynum, Sears Post World Top-3 Performances At New Mexico Collegiate Classic


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Tennessee track & field program got the weekend off to a hot start with a pair of its fifth-year star sprinters posting marks at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic that ranked top three on the 2024 world list. Emmanuel Bynum clocked in at 45.45 seconds to win the men’s 400-meter dash, while Jacious Sears was timed at 22.57 as the top collegian in the women’s 200-meter on Friday at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
 
Bynum’s mark currently stands No. 2 globally as well as No. 2 on the 2023-24 collegiate list. The Memphis native was just .15 seconds off his school record time of 45.30, set last year on the same track at the 2023 NCAA Indoor Championships.
 
Sears posted a new indoor personal-best – one of 12 UT athletes with PRs on Friday – and regained the collegiate lead for the 2023-24 indoor season. Her mark of 22.57 ranks No. 3 on the 2024 World Athletics top list and is the second-fastest in program history behind Felicia Brown’s school record time of 22.45.
 
Lady Vol graduate Dennisha Page also had an impressive showing over 200 meters, posting a lifetime-best mark of 23.12 to place fifth at the meet and third among collegiate athletes in New Mexico. The Camden, New Jersey, native now ranks No. 12 in the NCAA this season and moved to No. 6 on Tennessee’s all-time top list in the indoor 200-meter.
 
Bahamian sophomore Javonya Valcourt showed out with another indoor PB, finishing as the top collegiate athlete in Friday’s invitational women’s 400-meter with her time of 52.75. The Lady Vol quarter miler improved to No. 17 on the NCAA Division I list this season and No. 4 in program history.
 
In the men’s invitational 200-meter, sophomore T’Mars McCallum continued his promising campaign with yet another PR. The Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, native dipped under 21 seconds indoors for the first time in his career, clocking in at 20.88 for the No. 9 mark in school history.
 
PR TRACKER: Tennessee athletes combined for 12 indoor personal records on Friday at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic.

UP NEXT: Action continues Saturday for Tennessee track & field with the Lady Vol pole vaulters competing at 10 a.m. ET in Columbia, South Carolina, while the New Mexico Collegiate Classic carries on at 1:20 p.m. ET with the women’s 60-meter hurdles prelims. The weekend will conclude in Albuquerque with the women’s 4×400-meter relay at approximately 4:35 p.m. ET.

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