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    Cleo Tyson     
     
      Cleo Tyson
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Huntsville, Texas

High School:
Huntsville

Height:
5-9

Event:
Sprints

Birthdate:
05/01/1986

2007: Cleo added her 12th All-America certificate during a year that saw her hampered by nagging injuries...Highlight of her indoor campaign was a sixth-place SEC finish in the 60m dash in 7.44...Ran a pair of season-best 7.28s at the Penn State National Invitational...Won the 60 dash at the Rod McCravy Memorial in a meet record 7.33...Won seven of her first eight 60m races as a junior...Made the NCAA meet in the 60m but did not advance...Outdoors, Cleo garnered A-A acclaim by anchoring UT's 4x100m relay to sixth at the NCAA Championships in 44.44...Also anchored Big Orange 4x1 to second at the Mideast Regional (45.17) and fourth at SECs in a season-best 43.98...Ran on 4x4 as well, helping that unit take fourth at SECs in 3:36.86 and finish seventh at regionals in 3:37.96...Individually, she ran the 100m in only three meets and the 200m in one due to injury...Was unable to make the SEC final in either event...Did make SEC Academic Honor Roll.

2006: After collecting five All-America certificates as a freshman, Cleo added six more honors during her second season at Tennessee...Seized the indoor school record in the 60-meter dash with a 7.20 output in the NCAA prelims and followed that up in the final with a 7.24 sprint for fifth place...Just missed making the final in the 200 meters, placing ninth in an indoor season-best 23.44...Took fourth in the 55-meter dash at the SEC Championships in a personal-record 6.80, but she missed the SEC 200m final despite finishing second in her preliminary heat...Ran away with the 60m title for the second straight year at the Penn State National Invitational...Anchored the 4x400m relay to sixth at NCAAs in 3:31.82, which ranks third in UT annals...That effort secured her third All-America honor of the campaign...With Cleo running third, the Big Orange 4x4 unit was third at SECs in 3:36.61...After securing the UT record in the 60 meters during the indoor slate, Cleo rocketed to the Lady Vol 100-meter standard outdoors...Her 11.10 outburst in the prelims of the NCAA Mideast Regional supplanted Kelli White's 1999 mark of 11.20 and became the regional record as well...She ran 11.37 in the final to place fourth and earn a trip to the NCAA Championships...She also gained passage to nationals in the 200 meters, snagging third in that event in 23.06 at the regional meet...In Sacramento, she wound up eighth in the 100m at 11.62 and 12th in the 200m at 23.41...Added a sixth-place result in the 4x100m relay at 43.68, with that mark gaining her a third indoor All-America citation in 2006, the sixth of the season and the 11th of her career...Placed third at SECs in the 100m (11.24) and 200m (22.97), which were both PRs at the time...Ran second leg on Tennessee's runner-up 4x100m tandem (44.23) at SECs...Also assisted UT to a sprint medley title (3:45.16), a third-place 4x2 effort (1:32.50) and a fifth-place 4x1 outcome (43.79) at the Penn Relays...Beyond the NCAA season, Cleo competed at the USA Outdoor Championships, advancing to the semifinal round of both the 100 and 200 meters against the nation's best...Her best times at the meet were 11.48 and 23.15, respectively...Earned a spot on the USA team that traveled to the NACAC Under-23 Championships in Santo Domingo, D.R....Charted a meet-record time of 11.25 to take the 100m crown and aided the Red, White and Blue to gold and another meet record in the 4x100m relay at 43.53...Was a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the second straight season.

2005: Was coaches' choice for SEC Outdoor Freshman Runner of the Year...After thriving at the NCAA and SEC levels, she also went on to win gold at both the USATF and Pan Am Junior Championships, serving as team captain of the U.S. squad at the latter meet...Indoors, she helped Tennessee win the SEC Championship team trophy by taking third in the 60 meters (7.32) and fifth in the 200 meters (23.25) while running a leg on UT's fifth-place 4x400m relay (3:36.27)...The 200m time stood as a career best, placing her number three all-time Indoors at UT, while the 60m readout was replaced the next meet with a 7.31 burst in the prelims of the NCAA Championships...That mark did not enable her to make the final, but as one of the top 10 U.S. finishers, she earned All-America acclaim...She earned indoor All-America honors by taking seventh in the 200 meters at 23.39...Won three of four races at 55 meters, running 6.80 to triumph at the Tennessee All-Comers and become number five on the all-time list at Rocky Top...Won the 60-meter dash in 7.36 at the Penn State Invitational in her first big college meet, leading a one through four UT sweep of that event...Outdoors, Cleo grabbed three All-America citations, winning USATF Junior titles in the 100 and 200 meters and earning gold for the U.S. via the 100-meter dash and 4x100m relay at the Pan Am Junior Championships...Ran 11.52 to win the 100 meters at Pan Ams and 11.44 to win the USA crown, also sweeping the preliminary rounds at both of those meets...Grabbed the USATF Junior 200m title in 22.93...Displayed great focus at the NCAA Championships, where she took second in the 100m in 11.29, third in the 200 meters in 23.01 and anchored the 4x100m relay to third in a school-best 43.18...Was a factor in four events at the SEC Championships, as she rocketed to the 100m dash in a career-best 11.25, took second in the 200m in a PR 22.88 and contributed to runner-up efforts in the 4x100m (43.98) and 4x400m (3:34.02) relays...Also grabbed victories in the 200m (22.91) and 4x1 (43.75) and had a runner-up showing in the 100m (11.29) at the NCAA Mideast Regional...Ended up winning eight of 12 short sprints and five of 11 half-lappers as a freshman...Anchored every UT 4x100m in 2005, leading that unit to four race wins...In addition to the NCAA and SEC results, Tyson anchored the Big Orange 4x1 to second at the Penn Relays in 43.58...Brought home the baton victoriously in the 4x200m event at the Florida Relays as Tennessee's 1:31.83 mark established facility and school records...Named to the SEC and Lady Vol Academic Honor Rolls for her prowess in the classroom as well.

HIGH SCHOOL: 2004 Track & Field News All-American in the 100 and 200 meters at Huntsville High School...Ranked fifth nationally in those events with times of 11.42 and 23.36, respectively...Also had an 11.35 effort in the 100 meters that was wind-aided...Named to the 2003 and 2004 USA Today All-USA Girls High School Track Team...Chosen 2004 Texas Gatorade Track & Field Athlete of the Year...Ranked eighth nationally in the 200 meters (23.71) and 11th in the 100 meters (11.69) as a junior, according to TFN...Two-time Texas state 4A champ in the 100 and 200 meters...Ran 11.51 and 23.41 as a senior, setting a state 4A record in the 200 meters...Triumphed in 11.40 and 23.39 as a junior and anchored fourth-place 4x100m relay unit...Was sixth at the state meet in the 200m (24.47) and eighth in the 100m (12.09) as a sophomore...Won two events at the 2003 USA Track & Field National Junior Olympics Championships in Miami, posting times of 11.79 and 23.63 to edge current UT teammate Courtney Champion for those titles in the 100 and 200 meters...Finished second in the 200 meters in 24.12 against a strong headwind at the 2003 USA Youth Outdoor Championships...Earned a spot on the U.S. IAAF World Youth Championship team and produced a third-place finish of 23.67 in the 200 meters...Participated in the 2004 USATF Junior Championships, checking in fifth with a windy 11.39 in the 100 meters and taking 11th in the 200 meters in a legal 23.92...Earned Verizon All-America distinction for her performance in the 100 meters...Won the 2004 Clyde Littlefield/Texas Relays High School Division II 100m dash title in 11.59...Won 100m (11.52) and was third in the 200m (23.71) at the 2004 adidas Outdoor Championships...Took fourth in the 100m (11.79) and third in the 200m (23.71) at the 2003 adidas meet...Wind-legal prep career bests included 11.42 in the 100 meters and 23.36 for 200 meters.

PERSONAL: Cleo is majoring in child and family studies...In addition to setting a goal to make the 2008 Olympic Games, one of her career objectives is to own a daycare center one day...Has one sibling: Kindall, 26...Cleo Dunyel Tyson was born on May 1, 1986, in Huntsville, Texas...Parents are Phil and Chris Tyson.

PERSONAL RECORDS
Indoors
55m6.80 (2006)
60m7.20 (2006)
200m23.25 (2005)
Outdoors
100m11.10 (2006)
200m22.88 (2005)
TYSON'S NCAA SCORING
2007 NCAA Outdoors (Sacramento, Calif.)
4x100mR6th, 44.44
2006 NCAA Outdoors (Sacramento, Calif.)
4x100mR6th, 43.68
100m8th, 11.62
2006 NCAA Indoors (Fayetteville, Ark.)
60m5th, 7.24
4x400mR6th, 3:31.82
2005 NCAA Outdoors (Sacramento, Calif.)
100m2nd, 11.29
200m3rd, 23.01
4x100mR3rd, 43.18
2005 NCAA Indoors (Fayetteville, Ark.)
200m7th, 23.39
TYSON'S SEC SCORING
2007 SEC Outdoors (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
4x100mR4th, 43.98
4x400mR4th, 3:36.86
2007 SEC Indoors (Lexington, Ky.)
60m6th, 7.44
2006 SEC Outdoors (Fayetteville, Ark.)
4x100mR2nd, 44.23
200m3rd, 22.97
100m5th, 11.24
2006 SEC Indoors (Gainesvillle, Fla.)
4x400mR3rd, 3:36.61
55m4th, 6.80
2005 SEC Outdoors (Nashville, Tenn.)
100m1st, 11.25
200m2nd, 22.88
4x100mR2nd, 43.98
4x400mR2nd, 3:34.02
2005 SEC Indoors (Fayetteville, Ark.)
60m3rd, 7.32
200m5th, 23.25
4x400mR5th, 3:36.27
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