The Tennessee track & field program totaled seven top-3 finishes as the Vols wrapped up competition at the Florida Relays and Stanford Invitational Saturday afternoon. Stamatia Scarvelis (discus throw) and Jalen Tate (triple jump) respectively earned their second individual victories of the weekend at Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field.
TATE MAKES HISTORY ON FINAL JUMP: Sophomore jumper Jalen Tate completed the horizontal jumps sweep at Stanford with a victory in the men's invite triple jump Saturday. On his sixth and final attempt, the Clarksville, Tenn., native cleared a lifetime-best 16.09m (52-9.5) for the No. 2 mark in the NCAA this season and the No. 5 mark on UT's all-time top-10 list. Tate is the first Tennessee Vol to break through the 16-meter barrier outdoors since John Tillman leaped a school-record 16.94m (55-7) in 1985.
SCARVELIS WINS… AGAIN: Senior captain Stamatia Scarvelis claimed her fourth individual win in five events this outdoor season, this time taking gold in the discus throw invite section at the Stanford Invitational. The Santa Barbara, Calif., native posted a season-best throw of 54.74m (179-7) on her first attempt, which ties for No. 12 among NCAA Division I athletes and ranks second in the SEC this season.
SUTTON DOWNS FRESHMAN RECORD… AGAIN: Lady Vol rookie Alonie Sutton impressed in the women's invite triple jump, taking down the program's all-time freshman record in the event for the second week in a row. The Smiths Station, Ala., product recorded a wind-legal mark of 13.17m (43-2.5) for third place at the meet, improving upon her 12.90m (42-4) performance from last week's Trailblazer Challenge.
School-record holder LaChyna Roe took second place in the triple jump at Stanford, clearing a season-best 13.22m (43-4.5). It was the sixth-consecutive meet that Roe has recorded a jump above 13 meters, dating to the Hokie Invitational on Jan. 18.
THROW BROS. SECURE THREE PODIUMS: The Vols went two-three in the men's invite hammer throw to begin the afternoon, as both Seth Whitener (66.48m / 218-1) and Georgios Korakidis (65.62m / 215-3) logged season-best marks for the Big Orange. Their performances rank No. 8 and No. 10, respectively, among NCAA Division I athletes this season.
Joseph Maxwell also claimed a runner-up finish for Tennessee in the men's invite shot put, heaving a personal record for the second week in a row with a distance of 19.29m (63-3.5). The Evansville, Ontario, Canada, native holds steady at No. 5 in the country and No. 1 in the SEC in the shot put this season.
UPDATE FROM FLORIDA: Tennessee competed in one event Saturday at the Pepsi Florida Relays - the Tom Jones Invite Women's 4x400m Relay. The Lady Vol squad of Layla White, Martina Weil, Saqukine Cameron and Lenysse Dyer clocked in at 3:34.70 to place seventh at the meet.
#PRTRACKER: Six Tennessee athletes recorded NCAA outdoor personal records as Tennessee wrapped up competition at the Stanford Invitational.
Alonie Sutton - Women's Triple Jump - 13.17m / 43-2.5
Kiara Rhodes - Women's Javelin - 24.27m / 79-7
Joe Hoots - Men's 800m - 1:52.20
Jose Parrilla - Men's 800m - 1:53.99
Jalen Tate - Men's Triple Jump - 16.09m / 52-9.5
Joseph Maxwell - Men's Shot Put - 19.29m / 63-3.5
UP NEXT: Following a two-week break, Tennessee will host its first home track & field meet of the season, as the Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium serves as the host site for the 52nd Tennessee Relays. The event is set to run Thursday through Saturday, April 11-13 in Knoxville.