CLEMSON, South Carolina – Newcomer Charisma Taylor broke Lady Vol’s all-time record in the 60-meter hurdles on Friday night, finishing in 8.01 at the Bob Pollock Meet in Clemson.

Taylor’s performance currently ranks tied for 10th in the world, tied for third in the SEC, and tied for fifth in the NCAA. Taylor opened the competition with a personal best in the preliminaries at 8.06, but improved her time in the finals with her school best of 8.01.

She broke the previous school record of 8.04 set by Celriece Law in 2009.

KORAKIDIS WINS THE WEIGHT THROW

In the men’s shot put, Georgios Korakidis won the title of the event thanks to a swell of 20.76 m during his third attempt. This is Korakidis’ first victory this season.

On the women’s side, Chandler Hayden finished second overall and was the top collegiate finisher in women’s shot put. Hayden’s best throw came on her last attempt as she threw 20.39m.

FAVOR ASHE DEBUT

First-year student Foster Ashe made the most of his Tennessee debut by crossing the finish line in the men’s 60 meters in 6.58. His time catapults him to fourth all-time in Tennessee history behind UT greats Christian Coleman (6.45), Leonard Scott (6.48) and Justin Gatlin (6.54).

Ashe was just off Scott’s freshman record of 6.56 set in 1999.

Additionally, Ashe’s time is currently tied for ninth in the world, leads the SEC, and is the sixth fastest in the nation.

McLEOD AND PINNOCK FINISH 2-3 IN LONG JUMP

In the final event of the evening, the men’s long jump, Carey McLeod and wayne pinnock finished second and third for the Vols.

McLeod opened his 2022 season on Friday with a best jump of 7.96m, finishing second in the event. Pinnock jumped for the first time this season and placed third with a maximum distance of 7.92m.

Anthony Riley also competed in the men’s long jump on Friday night, jumping a distance of 7.55m to finish eighth overall.

The Vols currently have three long jumpers ranked in the top 10 nationally. McLeod is third, while Pinnock is fourth. Jalen Tate ranks eighth after setting a mark of 7.79m at the Virginia Tech Invitational on January 14.

Public relations follow-up
Foster Ashe – Men’s 60m – 6.58 – Preliminaries – 4th in UT history

Emmanuel Bynum – 60m Men – 6.82 – Semi-finals

Charisma Taylor – 60 mH women – 8.01 – Finals – School record

Mia O’Neil – 400m women – 54.94

Callie Tucker – A thousand women – 5:06.25

FOLLOWING
Tennessee wraps up its weekend at the Bob Pollock Meet on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m. with the men’s shot put and women’s high jump.

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