SEC Outdoor Champions

Gary Wagner
Audry Hardy
Year Coach Regular
Season Record
SEC NCAA
1963 Chuck Rohe 4-3 8th —–
1964 Chuck Rohe 6-1 Champions —–
1965 Chuck Rohe 5-0 Champions 40th (tie)
1966 Chuck Rohe 2-0 Champions 32nd (tie)
1967 Chuck Rohe 4-1 Champions 5th (tie)
1968 Chuck Rohe 5-0 Champions 13th (tie)
1969 Chuck Rohe 6-0 Champions 9th
1970 Chuck Rohe 5-1 Champions 13th
1971* Stan Huntsman 4-4-2 Champions 13th
* It Was Chuck Rohe’s Team. He Recruited Them All. But Stan Huntsman
Took Over As Head Coach for the Outdoor Season


1963 SEC OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Birmingham, AlabamaLSU 70, Mississippi State 48, Auburn 36, Alabama 34, Florida 23, GeorgiaTech 14, Georgia 10, Tennessee 7, Kentucky 6, Vanderbilt 6, Mississippi 1Head Coach: Chuck Rohe
Event/Place 1 2 3 4 5
880 Yard
Run
Tom
Scott
(1:51.6)
Triple Jump Winston
Russell
(     )
Shot Put Dick
Evey
(     )


1964 SEC OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Lexington, Kentucky Tennessee 61, Auburn 54, LSU 49 (Top 3)Head Coach: Chuck Rohe
Event/Place 1 2 3 4 5
100 Yard
Dash
Jim
Webster
(9.6)
220 Yard
Dash
Jim
Webster
(21.8)
880 Yard
Run
John
Nichols
(1:55.3)
Mile Run Bob
Redington
(4:16.4)
Coppley
Vickers
(4:19.8)
Don
Pinkston
(4:20.6)
Rocky
Soderberg
(4:20.8)
Two Mile
Run
Coppley
Vickers
(9:39.5)
Don
Pinkston
(9:39.6)
120 Yard
High
Hurdles
Pat
Pomphrey
(14.3)
330 Yard
Intermediate
Hurdles
Pat
Pomphrey
(38.4)
Gayl
Morse
(   )
Discus Bubba
Beal
(157′-0″)
Lee
Oldham
(149-1½)
High Jump Ernie
Wale
(6′-2″)
Pole Vault Ray
Kodres
(14′-0″)
Mile Relay Ray Moore
Danny Smith
Bill Sellmer
John Nichols
(3:15.7)
SEC Freshmen
In the freshman division of the 1964 SEC meet, Tennessee’s Phil Smith won the 100 yard dash in 9.5 seconds and broke the SEC record.


1965 SEC OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Baton Rouge, LouisianaTennessee 72, Florida 38.5, LSU 33 (Top 3)Head Coach: Chuck Rohe
Event/Place 1 2 3 4 5
100 Yard
Dash
Carroll
Thrift
(10.4)
Phil
Smith
(10.7)
220 Yard
Dash
Phil
Smith
(21.4)
880 Yard
Run
Rocky
Soderberg
(1:52.4)
Norm
Witek
(1:52.8)
John
Nichols
(1:53.4)
Mile Run Bob
Redington
(4:11.9)
David
Storey
(4:13.0)
Roy
Hall
(4:15.4)
Two Mile
Run
David
Storey
(9:24.1)
Don
Pinkston
(9:26.3)
Bob
Redington
(9:44.5)
Mickey
Shelton
(9:45.4)
120 Yard
High
Hurdles
Pat
Pomphrey
(14.5)
Phil
Smith
(15.0)
330 Yard
Intermediate
Hurdles
Pat
Pomphrey
(37.1)
Gayl
Morse
(38.2)
Shot Put Courtney
Fagen
(50’-11¾”)
Discus Courtney
Fagen
(152-8¼)
High Jump Ernie
Wale
(6′-2″)
Javelin Bill
Wilkins
(195’-11”)
330 Yard
Relay
Carroll Thrift
Phil Smith,
Pat Pomphrey
Jim Webster
(37.1)
Mile Relay Ed Wright
John Nichols
Danny Brown
Bill Sellmer
(3:15.6)
Freshmen
In the Freshman Division of the SEC meet, Andy Russell won the mile run with a time of 4:09.5.NCAA
Tennessee tied for 40th place at the 1965 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Berkley, California

  • Pat Pomphrey placed 4th in the 120 yard high hurdles (14.0)
  • Just missing official places were Rocky Soderberg (7th in the mile at 4:07.9) and David Storey (8th in the six-mile at 30:22.6).


1966 SEC OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Athens, GeorgiaTennessee 91, Auburn 34, LSU 31 (Top 3)Head Coach: Chuck Rohe
Assistant Coaches: Jeff Clark and George Wade
Event/Place 1 2 3 4 5
100 Yard
Dash
Jim
Webster
(9.5)
Carroll
Thrift
(9.6)
Phil
Smith
(9.7)
220 Yard
Dash
Jim
Webster
(21.3)
Phil
Smith
(21.4)
Carroll
Thrift
(21.8)
440 Yard
Dash
Ray
Moore
(49.1)
880 Yard
Run
John
Nichols
(1:52.1)
Henry
Rose
(1:53.2)
Mike
Tomassello
(1:53.4)
Mile Run Bob
Redington
(4:05.0)
David
Storey
(4:13.1)
Rocky
Soderberg
(4:14.6)
Roy
Hall
(4:15.0)
Two Mile
Run
Bob
Redington
(9:11.3)
Don
Pinkston
(9:13.7)
Bob
Barber
(9:16.6)
David
Storey
(9:29.5)
Rockey
Soderberg
(9:37.7)
120 Yard
High
Hurdles
Pat
Pomphrey
(13.4)
Roger
Neiswender
(13.8)
Phil
Smith
(14.3)
440 Yard
Intermediate
Hurdles
Pat
Pomphrey
(51.9)
Gayle
Morse
(54.4)
Shot Put Bubba
Beal
(50′-0″)
Discus Bubba
Beal
(153′-2½”)
Javlin Bill
Wilkins
(203′-8½”)
440 Yard
Relay
Jim Webster
R. Neiswender
Phil Smith
Carroll Thrift
(41.0)
Mile Relay Henry Rose
Ray Moore
Bill Sellmer
John Nichols
(3:14.5)
Freshmen
The UT freshmen put on quite a performance in their division of the SEC meet. Pat Murphy was a double winner in the hurdles; Butch Stewart won the 880; George Moschis won the javelin; and Les Rager won the discus. Larry Kelly set a school record (48.1) while finishing second in the 440, and the mile relay team of Tommy Fisher, Butch Stewart, Bob Dickson, and Larry Kelly won with another school record of 3:13.0.NCAA
Tennessee tied for 32nd place at the 1966 NCAA Championships in Bloomington, Indiana.

  • Pat Pomphrey scored six points, the most ever for the Vols, as he finished third in the 120 yard high hurdles with a time of 13.8 seconds and became the first Tennessee trackman to attain All-American status.
  • UT’s Roger Neiswender qualified for the finals and just missed scoring points with a seventh place finish.


1967 SEC OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Tom Black Track, Knoxville, TennesseeTennessee 74, Florida 57, LSU 36, Auburn 34.5 (Top 4)Head Coach: Chuck Rohe (UST&F Coach of the Year)
Assistant Coach: Jeff Clark
Event/Place 1 2 3 4 5
100 Yard
Dash
Richmond
Flowers
(9.7)
Carroll
Thrift
(9.8)
Gary
Wagner
(9.9)
220 Yard
Dash
Carroll
Thrift
(21.7)
Gary
Wagner
(21.9)
440 Yard
Dash
Bob
Dickson
(48.1)
880 Yard
Run
Larry
Kelly
(1:48.5)
Norm
Witek(1:51.4)
Butch
Stewart
(1:52.1)
Mile Run Dave
Storey
(4:10.0)
Two Mile
Run
Dave
Storey
(9:14.1)
120 Yard
High
Hurdles
Richmond
Flowers
(13.8)
Roger
Neiswender
(14.0)
Pat
Murphy
(14.4)
440 Yard
Intermediate
Hurdles
Pat
Murphy
(52.6)
Steve
Keltner
(53.6)
Shot Put Courtney
Fagen
(51′-11½”)
Discus Les
Rager
(170′-9½”)
Courtney
Fagen
(   )
Javlin Ron
Holt
(204′-0½”)
Long Jump Tom
Fisher
(24′-0½”)
Steve
Keltner
(23-6¾”)
Richmond
Flowers
(23”-4¾”)
Pole Vault Steve
Owens
(15′-6″)
440 Yard
Relay
Carroll Thrift
C. McGeehan
Gary Wagner
R. Flowers
(40.1)
Mile Relay R. Whitenack
Norm Witek
Bob Dickson
Larry Kelly
(3:14.0)
Outstanding Performer in SEC Meet
Richmond Flowers was a three-time All-American at Tennessee in track & field. As a freshman in 1966 he ran the 60-yard high hurdles in 6.9 seconds, a tenth of a second off the world indoor record. As a sophomore in 1967, he was voted the Most Outstanding Performer at the SEC Track & Field Championships in Knoxville, winning the 120 yard high hurdles and the 100 yard dash and finishing fifth in the long jump.NCAA
Tennessee’s scored 24 points and tied New Mexico for 5th place at the 1967 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Provo, Utah. Place winners for UT were as follows:

  • 120 Yard High Hurdles – (2) Richmond Flowers (13.5) (All-American) and (5) Roger Neiswender (13.7)
  • 880 Yard Run – (3) Larry Kelly (1:48.3) (All-American)
  • 440 Yard Relay – (2) (Carroll Thrift, Chick McGeehan, Gary Wagner, and Richmond Flowers) (40.3). (All-Americans) The University of Southern California won the 440 yard relay in a World Record Time of 38.6 seconds. Members of the USC relay team were Earl McCullough, Fred Kuller, O.J. Simpson, and Lennox Miller. Lennox Miller won the Silver Medal in the 100 meter race at the 1968 Olympics.


1968 SEC OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Tuscaloosa, AlabamaTennessee 108, Florida 45.5, Auburn 32 (Top 3) Head Coach: Chuck Rohe (UST&F Coach of the Year)
Assistant Coach: Jeff Clark
Event/Place 1 2 3 4 5
100 Yard
Dash
Chick
McGeehan
(9.6)
Gary
Wagner
(9.6)
220 Yard
Dash
Richmond
Flowers
(21.6)
Gary
Wagner
(21.8)
440 Yard
Dash
Hardee
McAlhaney
(46.4)
Gary
Womble
(48.1)
880 Yard
Run
Larry
Kelly
(1:49.0)
Jim
Smeltzer(1:50.3)
James
Craig
(1:51.0)
Butch
Stewart
(1:52.9)
Mile Run Tony
Masi
(4:09.6)
Sam
Rutherford
(4:09.9)
Dickie
Kleier
(4:10.3)
Dave
Calvert
(4:10.6)
Three Mile
Run
Owen
Self
(14:11.5)
Ken
Rowlett
(14:37.1)
120 Yard
High
Hurdles
Richmond
Flowers
(13.7)
440 Yard
Intermediate
Hurdles
Greg
Robinson
(53.5)
Shot Put George
Jensen
(54’-8¾”)
Discus Les
Rager
(162′-8″)
Tom
Carmichael
(158’-1”)
Javlin Bill
Skinner
(238-4)
Long Jump Tom
Fisher
(23′-2″)
Chris
D’Orazio
(22’-11¾”)
Triple Jump Jeff
Gabel
(50’-3/4”)
Chris
D’Orazio
(48’-9½”)
High Jump Karl
Kremser
(6’-9¾”)
Lonnie
Hance
(6’-6”)
Pole Vault Steve
Owens
(16’-1¾”)
440 Yard
Relay
Gary Wagner
Gee Lee
C. McGeehan
R. Flowers
(41.0)
Mile Relay Gary Womble
Butch Stewart
Audry Hardy
H. McAlhaney
(3:10.2)
NCAA
Tennessee tied for 13th place at the NCAA Track & Field Championships that were held in Berkeley, California, on June 13-15, 1968. Place winners for Tennessee were:

  • 40 Yard Dash – (5) Hardee McAlhaney
  • High Jump – (2) Karl Kremser, 7’-1” (All-American)

Even though he was unable to participate in the NCAA meet, Richmond Flowers was selected All-American by the coaches.


1969 SEC OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Tom Black Track, Knoxville, TennesseeTennessee 118.5, Florida 53, LSU 43 (Top 3)Head Coach: Chuck Rohe (UST&F Coach of the Year)
Assistant Coaches: Thad Talley & Bill Keesling
Event/Place 1 2 3 4 5
100 Yard
Dash
Gary
Wagner
(9.4)
Richmond
Flowers
(9.9)
220 Yard
Dash
Gary
Wagner
(21.0)
Gary
Womble
(21.3)
440 Yard
Dash
Gary
Womble
(45.8)
Hardee
McAlhaney
(46.1)
880 Yard
Run
James
Craig
(1:48.0)
Larry
Kelly
(1:48.7)
Mile Run Dave
Scire
(4:04.9)
Dickie
Kleier
(4:05.2)
Three Mile
Run
Owen
Self
(14:18.8)
Steve
Nelson
(14:31.8)
120 Yard
High
Hurdles
Richmond
Flowers
(13.5)
Bill
High
(13.6)
Steve
Keltner
(14.0)
Bobby
Ball
(14.2)
440 Yard
Intermediate
Hurdles
Steve
Keltner
(52.0)
Jim
Cutler
(53.1)
Shot Put Chip
Kell
(56’-0.5”)
Javlin Bill
Skinner
(265′-9″)
Long Jump Chris
D’Orazio
(23’-5½”)
Steve
Keltner
(23’-2”)
Triple Jump Jeff
Gabel
(49’-5”)
Chris
D’Orazio
(47’-5¼”)
High Jump Lonnie
Hance
(6’-10”)
Karl
Kremser
(6’-8”)
Pole Vault Bob
Sprung
(16’-6¾”)
David
Mason
(15’-0”)
440 Yard
Relay
Gary Wagner
Gary Womble
Bill High
R. Flowers
(40.3)
Mile Relay Rick Bowers,
Larry Kelly
Gary Womble
H. McAlhaney
(3:09.5)
Outstanding Athlete in SEC Meet
Gary Wagner was named the Most Outstanding Athlete in the Southeastern Conference Track and Field Outdoor Championships following his victories in the 100, 220, and 440 relayNCAA
Tennessee finished 9th at the 1969 NCAA Track & Field Championships, which were held in Knoxville on the University of Tennessee’s Tom Black Track. This was the Vols second Top-10 finish at the outdoor NCAA meet. Place winners for the Vols were as follows:

  • 120 Yard High Hurdles – (2) Bill High (13.5)(All-American); (3) Richmond Flowers (13.5)(All-American)
  • Javelin – (2) Bill Skinner (261’-10”) (All-American)
  • Mile Relay – (2) Gary Womble, Larry Kelly, Audry Hardy, Hardee McAlhaney (3:06.5) (All-American)

Even though he was unable to participate in the NCAA meet, Richmond Flowers was selected All-American by the coaches.


1970 SEC OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Gainesville, FloridaTennessee 74, Florida 54, Kentucky 43 (Top 3)Head Coach: Chuck Rohe
Assistant Coaches: Russ Polhemus and Connie Smithg
Event/Place 1 2 3 4 5
440 Yard
Dash
Audry
Hardy
(47.2)
Abe
Henderson
(47.8)
880 Yard
Run
James
Craig
(1:50.4)
Mile Run Dickie
Kleier
(4:09.2)
Dave
Scire
(4:10.1)
Three Mile
Run
Steve
Nelson
(14:29.2)
120 Yard
High
Hurdles
Bill
High
(14.0)
Pete
Mattina
(14.2)
Bob
Ball
(14.8)
440 Yard
Intermediate
Hurdles
Hardee
McAlhaney
(51.1)
Jim
Cutler
(52.9)
Shot Put Drew
Baron
(53’-7½”)
Discus Tom
Carmichael
(163’-7”)
Javlin Bill
Skinner
(253′-3″)
Long Jump Stan
Trott
(23’-7½”)
Dave
Wamer
(23’-0½”)
Triple Jump Jeff
Gabel
(49’-5”)
High Jump Lonnie
Hance
(6’-10”)
Bruce
Washburn
(6’-4”)
Pole Vault Steve
Owens
(15’-0”)
440 Yard
Relay
Tennessee(40.8)
Mile Relay Audry Hardy
A. Henderson
F. Marjenhoff
H. McAlhaney
(3:09.1)
NCAA
At the 1970 NCAA outdoor track & field meet in Des Moines, the Vols finished in 13th place. UT results were as follows:

  • Javelin – (1) Bill Skinner (270’-8”) (All-American)
  • Mile Relay – (3) (Fred Marjenhoff, Abe Henderson, Audry Hardy, and Hardee McAlhaney) (3:07.8)(All-American)


1971 SEC OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Gainesville, FloridaTennessee 148, Kentucky 114, Florida 101 (Top 3)Head Coach: Stan Huntsman
(It Was Chuck Rohe’s Team. He Recruited Them All.
But Stan Huntsman Took Over From Him As Head Coach)
Event/Place 1 2 3 4 5
100 Yard
Dash
Bob
hauk
(9.5)
Trevor
James
(9.6)
220 Yard
Dash
Darwin
Bond
(21.8)
Wayne
Whigham
(22.1)
440 Yard
Dash
Audry Hardy
Darwin Bond
(47.1 Tie)
Gary
Womble
(48.2)
880 Yard
Run
James
Craig
(1:51.8)
Wilbur
Hawkins
(1:52.6)
Mile Run Danny Zoeller
David Scire
(4:09.5, Tie)
Three Mile
Run
Doug
Brown
(14:01.5)
120 Yard
High
Hurdles
Pat
Mattina
(13.8)
Bill
High
(14.0, Tie)
Bob
Ball
(14.2)
Jeff
Flowers
(14.3)
Discus Tom
Carmichael
(158′-5”)
Javlin Bill
Chisholm
(179′-5 3/4″)
Long Jump Trevor
James
(22′-7 1/4″)
High Jump Tony
Wilson
(7′-1 1/2″)
Lonnie
Hance
(6’-8”)
Pole Vault Phil
Edmonds
(15’-0”, Tie)
440 Yard
Relay
Bob Hauk
Bill High
W. Whigham
Trevor James
(40.7)
Mile Relay James Craig
Darwin Bond
Gary Womble
Audry Hardy
(3:09.6)
NCAA
At the 1971 NCAA outdoor track & field meet, the Tennessee finished in 13th place. UT results were as follows:

  • 440 Yard Dash – (3) Darwin Bond ( ) (All-American)
  • Six-Mile Run – (3) Doug Brown ( ) (All-American)
  • Mile Relay – (4) Tennessee ( )

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.

What a Day!
Chuck Rohe