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Relay Sweep Caps Successful Saturday At New Mexico Collegiate Classic

Relay Sweep Caps Successful Saturday At New Mexico Collegiate Classic


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Tennessee track & field finished off the New Mexico Collegiate Classic with a pair of season-best victories in the men’s and women’s 4×400-meter relay, punctuating a strong weekend for the Big Orange in Albuquerque. The Volunteer quartet of Zyaire Nuriddin, Emmanuel Bynum, Clement Ducos and Christian Parker turned in a winning time of 3:04.30, while the Lady Vol squad of Javonya Valcourt, DaJour Miles, Kyla Robinson-Hubbard and Brianna White crossed the line first in 3:31.19.
 
Both relay marks were the fastest by a UT group this season and ranked No. 2 on the program’s all-time indoor lists. On the men’s side, Tennessee now ranks No. 3 on the 2023-24 NCAA Division I list, while the women check in at No. 8 nationally.
 
Senior sprint star Jacious Sears stood out in the women’s 60-meter dash, improving her season-best time with a mark of 7.09 seconds in the invitiational final. She finished as the top collegiate athlete at the meet and improved her standing as the No. 2 performer in the NCAA and No. 6 performer in the world this season.
 
Sophomore sprinter T’Mars McCallum posted back-to-back personal bests in the invite 60-meter dash, going 6.64 in the prelims before dropping a time of 6.63 in the final. His time placed fifth at the meet and cracked the program’s all-time top-10 list, equaling Olympic medalist Sam Graddy as the No. 9 performer in school history.
 
Lady Vol hurdlers Layla Anderson and Kiara Smith picked up a pair of heat wins the invite 60-meter hurdles preliminary, posting times of 8.21 and 8.25, respectively. Smith’s 8.25 was a season-best and gave her sole possession of No. 9 on the program’s all-time list.
 
The duo finished sixth and eighth in the final, respectively, with Anderson leading the way with an improvement from prelims in 8.18.
 
Saturday began with UT’s women’s pole vault squad competing in Columbia, South Carolina, at the South Carolina Invitational. Junior Sarah Schmitt cleared a lifetime-best height of 4.12 meters (13-6.25) to pick up the win, moving up to No. 5 in Lady Vol history and No. 6 in the SEC this season. Ellison Colarossi and Kendall Ford each turned in season-best performances, clearing 3.90m (12-9.5).
 
UP NEXT: Tennessee will compete in three meets next weekend on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-10. Distance runners will divide up for the David Hemery Valentine Invitational (Boston, Mass.) and Music City Challenge (Nashville), while the sprinters, hurdlers,…

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