Dee Dee  Trotter

Dee Dee Trotter


Decatur, Ga.

High School:
Cedar Grove H.S.




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200m: 23.42 at NCAA Championships, March 14, 2003
400m: 54.48 at SEC Challenge, Jan. 25, 2003

100m: 11.65 at Bulldog Limited, April 20, 2002
200m: 23.36 at SEC Championships, May 18, 2003
400m: 50.66 (UT record) at NCAA Championships, June 14, 2003


2003: Made her second-straight trip to the NCAA Indoor Championships, once again qualifying in the 200 meters...Rocketed to a career-best reading of 23.42 in the prelims, but that mark wasn't enough to put her in the finals...It was good enough, however, to rank her third on UT's all-time performers chart...Ran a 24.16 in the SEC prelims and failed to advance...Ended up making the NCAA field by zipping to a second-place and PR 23.59 outcome at the last chance Alex Wilson Invitational...Tinkered with the open 400m, registering a career-best 54.48 to place fifth at the SEC Challenge...That mark rates her seventh on the indoor performers list at Rocky Top...Also had PRs in the 55 meters and 60 meters with 6.97 and 7.64 readings at the Tennessee Indoor Classic and Virginia Tech Kroger Invitational, respectively...Ran third leg on 4x400m relay unit that took sixth at SECs in 3:43.76...Outdoors, Dee Dee made a name for herself internationally by committing to the 400 meters...That decision paved the way for a summer of track abroad...Ran the open 400 at the IAAF World Championships in St. Denis/Paris, France, advancing to the semifinals, clocking a 51.68 and finishing 15th overall...Ran second leg and joined Me'Lisa Barber, Sanya Richards and Jearl Miles-Clark on world-leading U.S. 4x400m relay quartet in semifinals...Did not run in the finals but earned a gold medal for her services...Anchored U.S. 4x4 to gold at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, two weeks earlier, helping Americans win first gold in that event at Pan Ams since 1991...Earned trips to aforementioned locales by placing third in 51.78 at her very first USATF Championships...Finished collegiate season with a narrow runner-up finish to Richards of Texas at the NCAA Championships, where Dee Dee twice broke her own school record with clockings of 51.60 and 50.66 in the semifinals and finals, respectively...With that finish came her third All-America citation but her first recognition individually...Going into the NCAA meet, Dee Dee won four consecutive races...Started by coming from nowhere to register a career-best 52.10 in the SEC prelims...She then blistered the Tom Black Track oval with a 51.65 exclamation point to win UT's first outdoor SEC title in the 400m since Ilrey Oliver in 1985...That mark also broke Cathy Rattray's 1982 Lady Vol record of 51.71, which had stood for 21 years...The next weekend, Dee Dee posted back-to-back races of 52.75 and 51.95 to win the inaugural NCAA Mideast Regional title...During her amazing run late in the season, she was four times named Lady Vol Athlete of the Week, and she was the runaway winner in June for edamerica Lady Vol Athlete of the Month...In relay action, Dee Dee was a vital part of Tennessee's 4x400m relay unit that was fourth at SECs in 3:36.76 and second at the NCAA Mideast Regional in an NCAA Championships-qualifying time of 3:37.80...The coaches opted not to declare that unit for nationals...On other tandems, Trotter chipped in for UT's victorious masterpiece of 11:19.19 in the Sea Ray Relays distance medley relay, a fourth-place DMR clocking of 11:13.38 at Penn Relays and a close runner-up finish of 3:44.97 in the sprint medley relay at Penn...Those relay performances rate eighth, fifth and third all-time in Lady Vol annals.

2002: Dee Dee was a definite impact performer as a freshman, earning a pair of All-America citations...Indoors, she wound up number three on the 200m all-time performers list at UT and set the Lady Vol rookie record...Did so with her provisional-qualifying mark of 23.78 in the prelims of the SEC Championships...Went on to record a 23.83 in the finals and take sixth...At the NCAA meet, she checked in at 23.87 in the prelims but did not make the finals, finishing 14th overall...Previously booked a provisional 23.94 at the Virginia Tech Challenge to take third...Notched a provisional in the 400 meters despite running only two open races at that distance...Her time of 54.65 was good for first place at the Indiana Relays and eighth on the all-time performers chart at Tennessee...Dee Dee also earned a spot as the 10th-best long jumper in program history with her sixth-place leap of 19-4.75/5.91m at the Virginia Tech Challenge...Ran on the Big Orange's 4x400m relay unit along with Kameisha Bennett, Nicole Cook and Antoinette Gorham...With Cook anchoring, that quartet rolled to an NCAA provisional time of 3:41.36 to place second at the SEC Eastern Division Challenge and record the fastest UT 4x4 reading indoors since 1999...Things only got better, as Dee Dee and company took a 3:36.45 trip around the oval to place third at the SEC Championships...The third-fastest indoor time in UT history was rewarded with a trip to the NCAA Championships...Despite a hamstring injury to Cook, the unit clicked off a 3:36.75 reading with Dee Dee anchoring to place sixth at nationals and earn All-America distinction...It was the first time a Tennessee 4x4 had done that indoors since 1992...Outdoors, Dee Dee was the fastest Lady Vol in the 100m and 200m dashes and was second quickest in the 400m...Once again, with limited opportunities, she earned a provisional mark in the 400...She posted a 53.80 to place second at the Gatorade Classic and then followed that up with a provisional 53.66 to take fourth at the Sea Ray Relays...Displayed her diverse talents back in her home state when she won the 100m and 200m at the Bulldog Limited in season-best times of 11.65 and a provisional 23.47, respectively...Also took sixth in the long jump at 19-0.75/5.81m and anchored the 4x100m relay to third place in 45.88 at that meet...Inked season pinnacle in the long jump at Sea Ray Relays, leaping a career-best 19-8.25/6.00m to become Lady Vols' eighth-best outdoor performer all-time...Ran 200m instead of 400m at SEC Championships but was unable to make finals with a 24.01 output in the prelims...Took 15th in the long jump at the league meet, stretching the tape measure to 19-1.50/5.83m...As was the case indoors, Dee Dee was a key component on relays...Biggest role was anchoring the 4x400m relay, which again included Bennett, Cook and Gorham...That lineup debuted at Penn Relays, knocking out provisional times of 3:36.03 in the prelims and 3:35.25 in the championship final to take third and debut high on the national qualifying list...With Bennett unable to run the SEC 4x4, Christina Clark stepped in and helped the Big Orange roll to a then-season-best 3:34.07 and take second against an NCAA-class field...Earning a national berth with that effort, UT's tandem, with Bennett back on board, went to Baton Rouge, La., and logged a 3:32.09 and a 3:31.49 to wind up fourth in the nation and recipients of All-America acclaim...That clocking in the finals ranks as the ninth-fastest ever run by a UT 4x4 and the best since 1986...Also ran on the sprint medley relay, helping that unit to the third-best time in school history and third place at the Penn Relays in 3:48.01; and the 4x100m relay, assisting as that group finished eighth at SECs in a season-best 45.40 and fourth in the consolation final at Penn Relays in 45.58.


Dee Dee was a four-time letterwinner in track & field and basketball...She served as captain of both sports for two seasons while attending Cross Keys High School...After transferring to Cedar Grove, she captained the Saints track team twice and the hoops squad once...In 2001, Dee Dee was named the Atlanta Track Club 200m Woman of the Year after claiming the Georgia AAAA state title outdoors in that event in 24.19...Indoors, she was also the title holder and set the state record in the process with a time of 24.83...At the outdoor competition, she added a second-place effort of 11.82 in the 100 meters...Her 200m outdoor time was the fifth best all-time in Georgia high school history, while her 100m clocking was 10th...Also outdoors, she anchored Cedar Grove's state championship 4x400m relay unit, whose 3:50.19 reading was seventh best all-time in the Peach State... Additionally, Dee Dee collected region championships in the 100 and 200 meters as well as with the 4x100m and 4x400m relays as a senior...As a junior, she was also the Atlanta Track Club's 2000 selection for 100m and 200m Athlete of the Year...Personal records include 23.9 outdoors and 24.83 indoors in the 200m, and 11.7 in the 100m.


Dee Dee is majoring in criminal justice...She enjoys singing, dancing and watching movies...Has had a desire to attend UT since she was 10 years old...Dee Dee has two brothers: Yohan Trotter, 22; and Ian Jones, 10...DeHashia "Dee Dee" Tonnek Trotter was born on Dec. 8, 1982, in Twentynine Palms, Calif....Parents are Debra Holden and Tony Trotter.



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