Dec. 17, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee track and field's sprint medley relay team, comprised of Lady Vol senior Martinique Octave and recent alums Brittany Jones, Chanelle Price and Ellen Wortham will be honored by Accusplit at the USTFCCCA Convention on Tuesday in Orlando, Fla.
The Big Orange foursome will be recognized as the top collegiate women's sprint medley relay (SMR) team of the 2012 outdoor season, posting a time of three minutes, 43.79 seconds to win the event at last season's Penn Relays.
The mark ranks third-best in Tennessee history and earned the Lady Vols their 20th overall baton-event title at the Penn Relays and the 12th under Director of Track & Field J.J. Clark. UT holds the collegiate record in the women's event with a time of three minutes, 41.78 seconds set in 2004.
The SMR features a mixture of sprint and middle distance with two 200-meter sprints, one 400m hitch and concludes with an 800m leg.
This is the 31st time Accusplit will honor the nation's best collegiate relay teams and their coaches in Division I, and the second time for NCAA Divisions II and III. This year marks the second in which the ceremony will take place at the USTFCCCA Convention.
The Southeastern Conference owns three of the eight fastest women's relay times in the NCAA last year and six of the eight on the men's side. For a complete list of the relay teams being honored click here.
Accusplit has been the leader in the professional stopwatch and timing industry since 1972 with its invention of the first digital stopwatch. The company's name is based on the stopwatch's function of "accurately splitting" the time.
Widely recognized as the professional sports timing brand in the United States, Accusplit has worked with elite athletes, such as Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith and Olympians Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Dan O'Brien and Ed Burke. The Northern California-based company was the Official Supplier to the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996.
Accusplit carried its reputation for quality, innovation and leadership to the health and wellness industry with a patented accuracy method for pedometers in 1987. It was also one of the first companies in America to introduce the 10,000 Steps-A-Day for wellness concept that originated in Japan in 1965.
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ABOUT THE USTFCCCA
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is a non-profit professional organization representing cross country and track & field coaches of all levels. The organization represents over 8,000 coaching members encompassing 94% of all NCAA track & field programs (DI, DII, and DIII) and includes members representing the NAIA as well as a number of state high school coaches associations. The USTFCCCA serves as an advocate for cross country and track & field coaches, providing a leadership structure to assist the needs of a diverse membership, serving as a lobbyist for coaches' interests, and working as a liaison between the various stakeholders in the sports of cross country and track & field.