Women's Track & Field Year-by-Year Archive
2012 Season

SEC Indoor/Outdoor: 4th/5th
NCAA Indoor/Outdoor: t48th/t9th
Coach: J.J. Clark (10th season)

While not possessing a deep squad, the Tennessee women definitely had top-flight talent in 2012, and that ability was on display in the biggest meets. A hiccup at the NCAA Indoor meet proved to be an anomaly, as the Lady Vols bounced back to crank out their best NCAA Outdoor outcome since 2005, generating 21 points for a tie for ninth place.

Annie Alexander swept three SEC titles (indoor/outdoor shot, discus) and was a two-event scorer at NCAA Outdoors once again. Ellen Wortham seized her second-straight SEC 400m hurdles crown and took third at NCAA Outdoors. Chanelle Price was SEC runner-up in the 800m (indoors/outdoors) and took third at NCAA Outdoors yet again.

Annie Alexander
2011 Season

SEC Indoor/Outdoor: 3rd/5th
NCAA Indoor/Outdoor: 7th/11th
Coach: J.J. Clark (9th season)

The Lady Vols nabbed their 10th NCAA top-10 finish under J.J. Clark, placing seventh at the NCAA Indoor meet and just missed adding to that number outdoors with an 11th-place showing. UT also carded finishes of third and fifth, respectively, at the SEC Indoor and Outdoor Championships.

Top performers were Annie Alexander (SEC champion/All-American), Jackie Areson (NCAA/SEC champion, All-American), Liz Costello (SEC champion/All-American), Chanelle Price (SEC champion/All-American), Brittany Sheffey (SEC champion/All-American) and Ellen Wortham (SEC champion/All-American).

Jackie Areson
2010 Season

SEC Indoor/Outdoor: 4th/7th
NCAA Indoor/Outdoor: 2nd/t26th
Coach: J.J. Clark (8th season)

The Lady Vols were runners-up at the NCAA Indoor Championships and were fourth at the SEC Indoor meet, marking the third top-three indoor national finish in the past four seasons.

Phoebe Wright was the unquestionable leader of the team, sweeping NCAA and SEC indoor and outdoor titles in the 800 meters and leading off Tennessee's national champion distance medley relay unit as well. Jackie Areson swept SEC indoor and outdoor crowns in the 5000 meters, and Brittany Sheffey carded four runner-up finishes (mile/3000m indoors & 1500m/5000m outdoors) at the SEC level to follow Wright's lead.

Chanelle Price
2009 Season

SEC Indoor/Outdoor: 1st/3rd
NCAA Indoor/Outdoor: 1st/t10th
Coach: J.J. Clark (7th season)

The Lady Vols captured the program's third women's national track & field team title, holding off Texas A&M to claim the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championship meet on the Aggies' home oval. In addition to winning the school's second NCAA crown in three seasons, the UT women also collected their third SEC title in the past five years.

At the NCAA Indoor meet, Sarah Bowman won the mile in an NCAA meet-record clocking of 4:29.72, and she joined Phoebe Wright, Brittany Jones and Chanelle Price to produce the fastest women's distance medley relay time in world history at 10:54.34. Celriece Law (60mH), Phoebe Wright (800m) and Annie Alexander (shot put) also scored for UT.

Sarah Bowman
2008 Season

SEC Indoor/Outdoor: 2nd/4th
NCAA Indoor/Outdoor: t8th/13th
Coach: J.J. Clark (6th season)

Tennessee came away with the sixth top-10 national finish of the J.J. Clark era, tying for eighth at the NCAA Indoor Championships. They also placed second indoors at the SEC meet, winding up in the top three at a conference meet for the sixth time since 2003, and were fourth outdoors.

Annie Alexander made history, becoming the first female rookie in the SEC to sweep indoor and outdoor shot put titles and an outdoor discus crown as well in the same season. The UT women won NCAA and SEC Indoor titles in the DMR, and Sarah Bowman (indoor mile, 3000m/outdoor 1500m) and Courtney Champion (indoor 200m) also won SEC crowns.

Cleo Tyson
2007 Season

SEC Indoor/Outdoor: 2nd/4th
NCAA Indoor/Outdoor: t8th/13th
Coach: J.J. Clark (5th season)

The Lady Vols walked away from the NCAA Indoor meet with their third top-four finish in four seasons and captured their third SEC Indoor Championship trophy in three years. Underscoring the pursuit of excellence and balance within the program, Felicia Guliford was one of nine finalists for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.

Sarah Bowman and Nia Ali secured SEC championships, with Bowman winning indoor crowns in the mile and 3000m and Ali taking an outdoor triumph in the heptathlon. Bowman also anchored UT’s victorious DMR unit indoors. Nationally, the top performances came from the runner-up DMR indoors and third-place Shanna Dickenson in the discus outdoors.

Lynne Layne
2006 Season

SEC Indoor/Outdoor: t3rd/5th
NCAA Indoor/Outdoor: t18th/18th
Coach: J.J. Clark (4th season)

After winning NCAA and SEC Indoor titles in 2005, Tennessee had to work to overcome key losses in personnel. The squad managed to produce a top-three finish at SEC Indoors (t3rd) and top-20 outcomes (18th) at both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships.

The squad relied heavily on its young, sprint depth for points at the national meets, with Courtney Champion, LaTonya Loche, Patricia Hall and Cleo Tyson providing key contributions indoors and out. Hall swept SEC Indoor and Outdoor titles in the 400 meters, and Sarah Bowman added a win in the outdoor 1500m for Tennessee.

2005 Season

SEC Indoor/Outdoor: 1st/3rd
NCAA Indoor/Outdoor: 1st/4th
Coach: J.J. Clark (3rd season)

In year three of the J.J. Clark era, the Lady Vols broke through for their first SEC Indoor championship since 1984, the program’s first NCAA title (indoors) ever and the first national crown since the 1981 Tennessee squad won an AIAW Outdoor trophy with Clark’s older sister, Joetta, on the roster. Outdoors, UT was third at SECs and fourth nationally.

Freshman sprinters Courtney Champion, LaTonya Loche and Cleo Tyson, and sophomore sprinter/long jumper Tianna Madison were keys to UT’s surge, with Madison sweeping NCAA and SEC Indoor/Outdoor crowns in the long jump. Nicole Cook won an SEC Indoor title, setting a collegiate record in the 800m at 2:00.75.

Tianna Madison
2004 Season

SEC Indoor/Outdoor: 2nd/6th
NCAA Indoor/Outdoor: 4th/t7th
Coach: J.J. Clark (2nd season)

J.J. Clark wasted little time in his restoration of the Lady Vol track & field program, leading Tennessee to its highest NCAA and SEC finishes since 1989 and 1990. After going from ninth to second at the SEC Indoor meet in one year, UT also soared from 23rd to fourth at NCAAs. Outdoors, efforts of sixth at SECs and seventh at nationals were realized.

Nicole Cook (800m) and Brooke Novak (3000m) were victorious at SEC Indoors, and UT won its first-ever distance medley relay crown at that meet. Cook and the DMR would prevail at NCAA Indoors as well. Outdoors, Jessica Reust won an SEC pole vault title and DeeDee Trotter upset favorite Sanya Richards to win an NCAA Outdoor 400m crown.

2003 Season

SEC Indoor/Outdoor: 9th/7th
NCAA Indoor/Outdoor: t23rd/t22nd
Coach: J.J. Clark (1st season)

The J.J. Clark era began with his team battling depth issues, but Clark and his staff managed to maximize the talent they had on hand to post top-25 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor finishes, tying for 23rd inside and 22nd outside. UT slid two spots from 2002 to ninth at SEC Indoors but managed to improve to seventh outdoors in 2003 as UT hosted the SEC meet.

UT qualified three for the NCAA Indoor meet, including 800m runner-up Nicole Cook. Outdoors, DeeDee Trotter was second in the 400m, Cook was sixth in the 800m and Sharon Dickie was eighth in the 5000m. Trotter (400m) and Dickie (5000m) also claimed SEC Outdoor titles, running on their home track in Knoxville.

2002 Season

SEC Indoor/Outdoor: 7th/6th
NCAA Indoor/Outdoor: t42nd/t39th
Coach: Myrtle Ferguson (5th season)

In Myrtle Ferguson’s fifth and final season of leading the women’s team at Tennessee, the Lady Vols improved from SEC finishes of 10th indoors and ninth outdoors to seventh and sixth, respectively. Nationally, UT went from 58th to 42nd indoors and from 60th to 39th outdoors.

Nicole Cook (800m) and Diane Slinden (discus) won SEC Outdoor titles for the Lady Vols, and UT also got a runner-up effort in the javelin outdoors from Denita Miller and featured a strong 4x400m relay that scored high at the NCAA and SEC Indoor and Outdoor meets, with DeeDee Trotter flashing tremendous potential as the anchor leg.



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