Tennessee pole vaulter Jake Blankenship reached new heights Friday during the first day of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.
Blankenship earned the silver medal in the men’s pole vault by clearing a personal-best 19 feet, 0.25 inches.
The junior finished second to Shawn Barber of Akron, the reigning collegiate record holder who took first with a record mark of 19-4.74.
Blankenship’s mark was the second-best by a runner-up in the event’s history.
Meanwhile, junior Chelsea Blaase was fourth in the 5000 meters with a career-best time of 15 minutes, 47.52 seconds. That time moves her into second in UT’s indoor history and was good for All-American honors.
In the men’s 60, freshman Christian Coleman placed third in his heat with a time of 6.60 to advance to Saturday’s final. With a top-eight position guaranteed, Coleman has also secured recognition as a first team All-American.
Women’s Tennis: Tennessee (8-9, 0-5 SEC) fell 6-1 to instate rival and No. 11-ranked Vanderbilt at Goodfriend Tennis Center.
In doubles, Eve Repic and Laurence Guevremont lost to the No. 30 team of Ashleigh Antal and Astra Sharma 8-2. Tiffany Tavares and Victoria Olivarez fell 8-5 to Frances Atlick and Marie Casares to clinch the doubles point for Vanderbilt (9-4, 4-0).
Joanna Henderson and Caitlyn Williams trailed 5-2 before winning four straight games to take a 6-5 lead over the No. 15 team of Sydney Campbell and Courtney Colto, who then won two straight matches to make it 7-6 when the doubles point was clinched, forcing the match to go unfinished.
In singles, Tavares fell to Antal 6-1, 6-1, Repic lost to No. 77 Sharma 6-0, 6-0 and sophomore Ashlee Boles dropped her match 6-2, 6-1 to No. 72 Casares, clinching the match for Vanderbilt.
The teams decided to play out all of the matches. Guevremont and Olivarez both dropped their matches, but Henderson, a senior, knocked off No. 9 Campbell 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 (7) for her first career top-10 victory in singles.
Women’s Soccer: Tennessee’s Allie Sirna has been awarded one of 29 2014-15 NCAA postgraduate scholarships for women’s fall sports.
The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are at least in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition.
The one-time non-renewable scholarships of $7,500 are awarded three times a year corresponding to each sport season (fall, winter and spring).
A business management major, Sirna has a 3.8 cumulative GPA and earned NSCAA Scholar All-South Region honors in 2013 and 2014. She was named to the SEC fall academic honor roll from 2012-14.