Jan. 9, 2004

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Junior sprinter Toyin Olupona had the best opening night of her career and the pole vault crew charted three personal-best marks to highlight the University of Tennessee women's track & field team's performance at the Tennessee All-Comers Meet Friday night at Stokely Athletics Center.

Although the field was a small one, Olupona made her 2004 debut the most productive in her three seasons at UT by rolling to a 6.98 reading to easily win heat one of the 55-meter dash. In the finals, the Orillia, Canada, product wasn't able to match that time, but her 7.04 output was speedy enough to earn her third career victory in the short sprint. Olupona's previous 55m best in an opening race was 7.05 at the 2002 Tennessee All-Comers.

In the pole vault competition, junior Kendra Rhyne (Andersonville, Tenn.) nabbed her initial collegiate victory by clearing an indoor and outdoor career-best height of 11-11.75/3.65m. Junior Jamie Rebella (Merrill, Wis.) and sophomore Jessica Reust (Knoxville, Tenn.) each sailed over 11-5.75/3.50m to tie for second and register their best-ever indoor marks, while sophomore Jessica Andrews (Rockford, Tenn.) navigated the bar at 10-6 to place fourth.

"It was a fun home meet and a chance to get some anxiety out," second-year Lady Vol Head Coach J.J. Clark said. "The pole vaulters produced three personal records and showed some potential for scoring in the future, and Toyin demonstrated that she will definitely be a factor in the Southeastern Conference.



"In the finals, she had some flaws that we still have to work out, but it was a positive first run for her tonight. Overall, we're still developing in some of the other areas, but I look forward to seeing our continued progress."

Other noteworthy personal bests on the evening came from sophomore Lindsey McFarland (Austin, Texas), who won the weight throw competition with a heave of 42-1.50/12.84m, and second-year multi-eventer Caitlin Ward (Gibsonia, Pa.)l, who walked away with a win in the high jump with a leap of 5-1.75/1.57m. Also claiming victories in the 2004 lid-lifter were sophomore Sara Vigil (Tucson, Ariz.), a transfer from Central Arizona who won the shot put in her first meet as a Lady Vol at 42-0.75/12.82m, and junior Nicole Cook (Petersburg, Va.), who coasted to the 400-meter title in 59.41.

In the final event of the evening, while running unattached, Tammy King-Foster raced to a Stokely-record time of 2:11.79 to win the 800 meters. She broke the old mark of former Lady Vol Maureen Ferris, a 2:16.24 performance on Feb. 20, 1998.

Clark's Tennessee squad will not return to action until Jan. 25, when it travels to Gainesville, Fla., to compete in the SEC Invitational at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.


Wt. Throw (Auto: 19.50, Prov: 18.50) 1:45 p.m.
1stLindsey McFarland42-1.50/12.84m!
2ndSara Vigil41-1.75/12.54m
Long Jump (Auto: 6.40, Prov: 6.20) 2:00 p.m.
No Lady Vols Entered
High Jump (Auto: 1.84, Prov: 1.78) 3:45 p.m.
1stCaitlin Ward5-1.75/1.57m!
Pole Vault (Auto: 4.20, Prov: 3.95) 4:00 p.m.
1stKendra Rhyne11-11.75/3.65m!
t2ndJamie Rebella11-5.75m/3.50m!
t2ndJessica Reust11-5.75m/3.50m!
4thJessica Andrews10-6/3.20m
Shot Put (Auto: 16.50, Prov: 15.20) 4:40 p.m.
1stSara Vigil42-0.75/12.82m
2ndLindsey McFarland41-4.50/12.61m
4thCaitlin Ward33-8.75/10.28m
55m Dash (Auto: 6.79; Prov: 6.93) 6:25 p.m.
1stToyin Olupona7.04
dnqCatherine Wright7.90p
55mH (Auto: 7.61; Prov: 7.87) 7:25 p.m.
2ndCaitlin Ward9.03
5thCatherine Wright9.28
Triple Jump (Auto: 13.30; Prov: 12.65) App. 7:45 p.m.
No Lady Vols Entered
400m (Auto: 53.50, Prov: 55.10) u 8:20 p.m.
1stNicole Cook59.41u
2ndAntoinette Gorham60.31u
3rdMindy Sullivan60.66u
5thJessica Southers65.92u!
6thElizabeth McCalley65.98u!
800m (Auto: 2:06.60, Prov: 2:09.40) u 8:30 p.m.
No Lady Vols Entered

b - Banked Track Qualifying Standard
dnf - Did Not Finish
dnq - Did Not Qualify
dnr - Did Not Run
fr - Facility Record
nm - No Mark Recorded
p - Prelims
sr - School Record (Indoors)
u - Undersized Track Qualifying Standard
* - NCAA Automatic Qualifier
+ - NCAA Provisional Qualifier
! - Personal Record (Indoors)
^ - Oversized Track Qualifying Standard



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