SEC Indoor Champions

Larry Kelly
Hardee McAlhaney
Year Coach Regular
Season Record
SEC NCAA
1963 Chuck Rohe 3-4 7th —–
1964 Chuck Rohe 5-0 Champions —–
1965 Chuck Rohe 5-0 Champions —–
1966 Chuck Rohe 5-0 Champions 39th
1967 Chuck Rohe 4-0 Champions —–
1968 Chuck Rohe 3-0 Champions 6th
1969 Chuck Rohe 6-0 Champions 4th (tie)
1970 Chuck Rohe 8-0 Champions 4th (tie)
1971 Chuck Rohe 8-2 Champions 10th


1963 SEC INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Montgomery, AlabamaLSU 30, Alabama 27, Miss. State 25, Auburn 24,Georgia 10, Florida 7, Tennessee 6 & Kentucky 6Head Coach: Chuck Rohe
Event/Place 1 2 3 4 5
60 Yard Low
Hurdles
Winston
Russell
(6.9)
Pole Vault David
Barto
(     )


1964 SEC INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Montgomery, AlabamaTennessee 41, Auburn 28, LSU 18 (Top 3)Head Coach: Chuck Rohe
Event/Place 1 2 3 4 5
60 Yard Low
Hurdles
Pat
Pomphrey
(7.0)
60 Yard High
Hurdles
Pat
Pomphrey
(7.6)
1000 Yard
Run
Bob
Redington
(2:17.7)
Tom
Scott
(2:18.0)
Mile Run Rocky
Soderberg
(4:20.5)
David
Storey
(4:20.6)
Two Mile Run David
Storey
(9:35.2)
John
Ellington
(   )
Don
Pinkston
(   )
Pole Vault Ray
Kodres
(13’-6”)


1965 SEC INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Montgomery, AlabamaTennessee 50, LSU 15, Florida 14 (Top 3)Head Coach: Chuck Rohe
Event/Place 1 2 3 4 5
60 Yard
Dash
Carroll
Thrift
(6.4)
600 Yard
Dash
Norm
Witek
(   )
60 Yard
High
Hurdles
Phil
Smith
(   )
Pat
Pomphrey
(   )
1,000 Yard
Run
Bob
Redington
(2:15.2)
Rocky
Soderberg
(2:15.3)
Mile Run Coppley
Vickers
(4:19.9)
David
Storey
(   )
Roy
Hall
(   )
Two Mile
Run
Coppley
Vickers
(9:11.6)
David
Storey
(   )
Bob
Barber
(   )
Shot Put Courtney
Fagen
(50’-1½”)
High Jump Ernie
Wale
(6’-3”)
Mile Relay Ray Moore
Danny Brown
Gayl Morse
Bill Sellmer
(3:28.4)
Two Mile
Relay
M. Tomasello

M. Maxwell

R. Soderberg

C. Vickers

(7:58.6)


1966 SEC INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Montgomery, AlabamaTennessee 42, Auburn 26, LSU 19 (Top 3)Head Coach: Chuck Rohe
Assistant Coach: Jeff Clark
Event/Place 1 2 3 4 5
60 Yard
Dash
Jim
Webster
(6.3)
Carroll
Thrift
(   )
60 Yard
High
Hurdels
Pat
Pomphrey
(7.4)
Larry
Bogart
(   )
600 Yard
Run
Norm
Witek
(   )
1,000 Yard
Run
Rocky
Soderberg
(   )
Henry
Rose
(   )
Mile Run Rocky
Soderberg
(4:27.9)
Two Mile
Run
Bob
Redington
(9:32.2)
Bob
Barber
(   )
Don
Pinkston
(   )
Pole Vault David
Job
(13’-6”)
Two Mile
Relay
Bill Sellmer

Steve Deaton

M.Tomasello

Norm Witek

(8:05.4)

NCAA

  • Tennessee finished in a tie for 39th in the NCAA indoor meet.
  • Pat Pomphrey finished 5th in the 60 yard high hurdles with a time of 7.4 seconds


1967 SEC INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Montgomery, AlabamaTennessee 58, Florida 29, Alabama 18 (Top 3)Head Coach: Chuck Rohe
Assistant Coach: Jeff Clark
Event/Place 1 2 3 4 5
60 Yard
Dash
Gary
Wagner
(   )
60 Yard
High
Hurdels
Richmond
Flowers
(7.2)
Roger
Neiswender
(   )
Pat
Murphy
(   )
440 Yard
Dash
Bob
Dickson
(49.9)
Russ
Whitenack
(50.9)
600 Yard
Run
Larry
Kelly
(1:10.6)
Bill
Sellmer
(1:13.0)
880 Yard
Run
Butch
Stewart
(1:54.8)
Norm
Witek
(1:55.8)
1,000 Yard
Run
Steve
Deaton
(2:12.5)
Henry
Rose
(2:13.1)
Two Mile
Run
David
Storey
(9:10.2)
Bob
Barber
(9:23.7)
Shot Put Courtney
Fagen
(49’-10¾”)
Long Jump Richmond
Flowers
(23’-7”)
Tom
Fisher
(23’-5½”)
Mile Relay Bill Sellmer

R. Whitenack

Bob Dickson

Larry Kelly

(3:19.8)

Two Mile
Relay
Norm Witek

Butch Stewart

Henry Rose

Larry Kelly

(7:38.2)

Freshman place winners for Tennessee: (1) Hardee McAlhaney (600, 1:13.1); (1) George Jensen
(Shot Put, 51’-1½”); (2) Jeff Gabel (Long Jump, 22’-4”); and (3) David Scire (Mile, 4:16.9)


1968 SEC INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Montgomery, AlabamaTennessee 75, Florida 28, Auburn 27 (Top 3)Head Coach: Chuck Rohe
Assistant Coach: Jeff Clark
Event/Place 1 2 3 4 5
60 Yard
Dash
Richmond
Flowers
(6.3)
60 Yard
High
Hurdels
Richmond
Flowers
(7.2)
440 Yard
Dash
Hardee
McAlhaney
(48.7)
600 Yard
Run
Jim
Smeltzer
(1:11.8)
Audry
Hardy
(   )
880 Yard
Run
Larry
Kelly
(1:50.4)
Tom
Brown
(   )
1,000 Yard
Run
Tony
Masi
(   )
Butch
Stewart
(   )
Mile Run Dave
Scire
(   )
Dickie
Kleier
(   )
Two Mile
Run
Owen
Self
(   )
Shot Put Chip
Kell
(57’-5¾”)
High Jump Karl
Kremser
(6’-9”)
Lonnie
Hance
(6’-9”)
Long Jump Tom
Fisher
(24’-9¼”)
Steve
Keitner
(   )
Triple Jump Chris
D’Orazio
(47’-1”)
Pole Vault Steve
Owens
(16’-5”)
Mile Relay Jim Smeltzer

Audry Hardy

Larry Kelly

H. McAlhaney

(3:16.6)

Two Mile Relay David Scire

Tony Masi

Jim Smeltzer

Larry Kelly

(7:35.5)

NCAA
Tennessee scored 12 1/3 points and finished 6th at the 1968 NCAA Indoor Championships in
Detroit. Place winners were:

  • 60 Yard High Hurdles – (1) Richmond Flowers, 7.0 (All American)
  • 440 Yard Dash – (4) Hardee McAlhaney, 48.3
  • 600 Yard Run – (4) (2-way-tie) Larry Kelly, 1:11.1
  • High Jump – (2)(3-way-tie) Lonnie Hance, 6’-10” (All-American) and (5)(tie) Karl Kremser, 6’ 8”
  • Pole Vault – (5)(3-way-tie) Steve Owens, 15’ 6”

Richmond Flowers became Tennessee’s first NCAA Champion in Track & Field with his win in the hurdles.


1969 SEC INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Montgomery, AlabamaTennessee 111, Florida 56, LSU 22 (Top 3)Head Coach: Chuck Rohe
Assistant Coaches: Thad Talley & Bill Keesling
Event/Place 1 2 3 4 5
60 Yard
Dash
Gary
Wagner
(   )
Wayne
Wigham
(   )
60 Yard
High
Hurdels
Bill
High
(7.3)
Steve
Keitner
(7.35)
Bob
Ball
(7.6)
440 Yard
Dash
Hardee
McAlhaney
(48.3)
600 Yard
Run
Audry
Hardy
(1:10.3)
Roy
Reeves
(   )
880 Yard
Run
Larry
Kelly
(1:52.7)
Gordon
Wilson
(1:56.8)
1,000 Yard
Run
Dickie
Kleier
(2:14.2)
Dave
Scire
(2:14.8)
Mile Run Dickie
Kleier
(4:11.3)
Dave
Scire
(4:13.0)
Two Mile
Run
Owen
Self
(8:58.1)
Steve
Nelson
(9:09.6)
Dave
Calvert
(10:14.3)
Shot Put Chip
Kell
(54’-11”)
George
Jensen
(53’-5¼”)
Pole Vault Bob
Sprung
(16’-6”)
David
Mason
(14’-6”)
High Jump Karl
Kremser
(6’-10”)
Lonnie
Hance
(6’-10”)
Long Jump Tom
Fisher
(22’-9”)
Stan
Trott
(22’-3¼”)
Triple Jump Jeff
Gabel
(50′-4-1/4″)
Chris
D’Orazio
(47’-6¾”)
Mile Relay Gary Womble,

Larry Kelly,

Audry Hardy,

H. McAlhaney

(3:15.4)

Two Mile Relay H. McAlhaney

James Craig

Audry Hardy

Larry Kelly

(7:35.8)

NCAA
At the 1969 NCAA indoor track and field meet, Kansas, Villanova, and San Jose State took
the first three spots followed by Tennessee and Southern California who tied for fourth place.
Place winners for the Vols were as follows:

  • 440 Yard Dash – (5) Hardee McAlhaney
  • 600 Yard Run – (2) Audry Hardy, 1:10.1 (All-American)
  • 880 Yard Run – (5) Larry Kelly
  • Triple Jump – (3) Jeff Gabel, 50’-10¼”) (All-American)
  • Pole Vault – (5) Bob Sprung, ND
  • Mile Relay – – (1) (Gary Womble, Larry Kelly, Audry Hardy, Hardee McAlhaney), 3:14.6 (All-Americans)


1970 SEC INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Montgomery, AlabamaTennessee 92.5, Florida 52.5, Kentucky 33 (Top 3)Head Coach: Chuck Rohe
Assistant Coaches: Russ Polhemus and Connie Smith
Event/Place 1 2 3 4 5
60 Yard
Dash
Merlin
Hood
(6.3)
Trevor
James
(6.5)
60 Yard
High
Hurdels
Bill
High
(7.3)
Pete
Mattina
(7.4)
440 Yard
Dash
Hardee
McAlhaney
(48.8)
Rick
Bowers
(Tie, 50.1)
600 Yard
Run
Audry
Hardy
(1:10.7)
Fred
Marjenhoff
(1:13.2)
880 Yard
Run
Dave
Scire
(1:57.5)
1,000 Yard
Run
Dickie
Kleier
(2:12.8)
Mile Run Dave
Scire
(4:09.4)
Dickie
Kleier
(4:10.4)
Steve
Nelson
(4:14.4)
Two Mile
Run
Steve
Nelson
(9:14.7)
High Jump Lonnie
Hance
(6’-10”)
Tony
Wilson
(6’-6”)
Long Jump Dave
Wamer
(23’-5½”)
Stan
Trott
(23’-5”)
Triple Jump Jeff
Gabel
(49’-9”)
Chris
D’Orazio
(47’-0½”)
Pole Vault Bob
Sprung
(16’-0”)
Steve
Owens
(15’-6’)
Shot Put Chip
Kell
(57’-2-1/2”)
Drew
Baron
(53’-2”)
Mile Relay Gary Womble,

Rick Bowers,

Audry Hardy,

H. McAlhaney

(3:16.9)

Two Mile Relay Steve Nelson

Audry Hardy

Dickie Kleier

Dave Scire

(7:39.4)

NCAA
The Tennessee Vols scored 14 points and tied for 4th place at the 1970 NCAA Track & Field
Championships in Detroit, Michigan. Place winners were as follows:

  • 60 Yard High Hurdles – (2) Bill High, 6.9 (All-American)
  • Triple Jump – (3) Jeff Gabel, 50’-0” (All-American)
  • Pole Vault – (3) Steve Owens, 16’-0” (All-American)
  • Mile Relay – (2) UT (Gary Womble, Abe Henderson, Audry Hardy, Hardee McAlhaney), 3:16.0 (All-Americans)


1971 SEC INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Montgomery, AlabamaTennessee 80, Kentucky 48, Florida 39 (Top 3)Head Coach: Chuck Rohe
Assistant Coaches: Russ Polhemus and Connie Smith
Event/Place 1 2 3 4 5
60 Yard
Dash
Merlin
Hood
(6.2)
Bob
Hauk
(6.3)
60 Yard
High
Hurdels
Bill
High
(7.2)
Pete
Mattina
(7.3)
Bob
Ball
(7.3)
440 Yard
Dash
Darwin
Bond
(49.1)
Gary
Womble
(49.5)
Abron
Henderson
(50.3)
600 Yard
Run
Audry
Hardy
(1:11.9)
Wilbur
Hawkins
(1:12.2)
880 Yard
Run
James
Craig
(1:53.5)
1,000 Yard
Run
Danny
Zoeller
(2:11.1)
Mile Run Danny
Zoeller
(4:08.6)
High Jump Tony
Wilson
(6’-10”)
Lonnie
Hance
(6’-6”)
Pole Vault Dick
Martin
(15’-6”)
Shot Put Tom
Stock
(   )
Two Mile Relay Danny Zoeller

James Craig

Audry Hardy

Denis Flood

(7:37.7)

NCAA
At the NCAA meet Tennessee scored 8¼ points and finished 10th. UT place winners were:

  • 60 Yard High Hurdles – (2) Bill High, 7.1 (All-American)
  • High Jump – (5) (4-way-tie) Tony Wilson. 6’ 8”
  • Mile Relay – (2) UT (James Craig, Audry Hardy, Gary Womble, Darwin Bond), 3:15.1 (All-Americans)
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The Chuck Rohe Track Era

In 1962 the University of Tennessee hired a young track coach, Chuck Rohe. The next nine years, along with the Stan Huntsman era to follow, began the most successful era of SEC track & field and cross-country dominance in the school’s history.

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Chuck Rohe