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LADY VOLS WIN SEVEN EVENTS, CHART EIGHT NCAA QUALIFYING MARKS AT SEC INVITE
Nicole Cook booked an automatic ticket to the NCAA Indoor Championships today.

Nicole Cook booked an automatic ticket to the NCAA Indoor Championships today.

Jan. 25, 2004

Complete Results

GAINESVILLE, Fla.

The University of Tennessee women's track & field team, ranked 11th in the latest Trackwire 25 indoor poll, lived up to that billing Sunday afternoon at the SEC Invitational, as the Lady Vols walked away from the non-scored meet with victories in seven events and bagged eight NCAA qualifying marks, six SEC-leading times and one clocking that tops the U.S. collegiate ranks. Even more impressive, is the fact the squad accomplished those feats against No. 2 Florida, No. 18 South Carolina, Auburn and Ole Miss.

Leading the parade of stars was junior Nicole Cook (Petersburg, Va.), who booked an automatic ticket to the NCAA Indoor Championships for the third-straight season, cranking out a victorious run of 2:05.60 in the 800 meters. Not only does that reading lead the Southeastern Conference, it also heads the national collegiate list as well. Freshman Leslie Treherne (Chesapeake, Va.) finished close behind in second place, making a nice debut in orange with a provisional time of 2:08.56.

Speaking of newcomers, rookie Tianna Madison (Elyria, Ohio) made her first collegiate meet one to remember, as she seized first place in two events and became the fourth-ranked long jumper and 55m dash sprinter in UT history. Madison began the afternoon by leaping to an SEC-leading measurement of 20-1.50/6.13m in the long jump and later edged junior teammate Toyin Olupona (Orillia, Ontario, Canada) for the 55-meter dash crown and a spot atop the SEC list with an NCAA provisional of 6.83. Olupona, who bested Madison in the prelims, 6.85 to 6.93, could not hold off the hard-charging rookie at the line in the finals and settled for second with a provisional pace of 6.84. Junior Dee Dee Trotter (Decatur, Ga.) made it a 1-2-3 Lady Vol sweep in the straight sprint, taking third in a career-best 6.96.

 

 

Trotter later joined the NCAA provisional list and zipped to the second-best 200m time in the SEC this season, when she beat conference leader Erica Whipple of South Carolina with a 23.72 output. Madison took fifth in a career-best 24.52, while Olupona was seventh in 24.63.

In the mile, Lindsay Hyatt (Auburn, Calif.) plated yet another NCAA provisional for Team Orange, as the former Stanford standout rolled to a career-topping 4:47.25 to claim victory. The senior's mark is the fastest in the SEC this season and ranks her as the eighth-best miler ever at UT. Four other orange-clad runners achieved personal records, including junior Elizabeth McCalley (Knoxville, Tenn.), who was third in 4:57.35; redshirt freshman Mindy Sullivan (Lubbock, Texas), who was fourth in 4:58.06; sophomore Katie Flaute (Dayton, Ohio), who was fifth in 4:59.82; and redshirt freshman Megan Cauble (Knoxville, Tenn.), who was 10th in 5:13.11.

The distance success continued in the 3000 meters, as UT monopolized the top four spots, drawing PRs from the entire quartet. Flaute (Dayton, Ohio) picked up her first career victory, finishing in 9:53.97 to move to the top of the SEC performers list. She was followed by Cauble in 9:54.60, junior Jessica Southers (Ashland, Ky.) in 10:01.03 and McCalley in 10:01.58.

Three key components of Tennessee's 2003 SEC cross country championship team also helped deliver a win in the distance medley relay. Hyatt, Sullivan and sophomore Brooke Novak (Kaukauna, Wis.) joined forces with senior Kameisha Bennett (Dayton, Ohio) to reel off an NCAA provisional and SEC-leading time of 11:25.45, a mark that happens to be the second best ever recorded by a UT DMR.

Hyatt ran the leadoff 1200m, staking Tennessee to a comfortable lead. Bennett's 400 meters widened the gap, and Sullivan and Novak finished things off in strong fashion with 800- and 1600-meter installments to give the Lady Vols their seventh and final victory of the day.

The Big Orange wrapped things up by notching the seventh NCAA provisional of the afternoon. While it wasn't the victory the coaching staff had hoped for, the UT 4x400m relay did manage to cover the distance in a provisional effort of 3:40.24. The lineup included Trotter, Cook, Olupona and junior Antoinette Gorham (Glenarden, Md.).

"It was a good start, but we still have a long season," Clark said. "It definitely showed we're moving in the right direction. We had an automatic mark and several provisionals, and we'd like to add to those numbers as the year goes on. Overall, the excitement of the team was good, and everyone competed well."

Tennessee will return to action next weekend, as the squad travels to University Park, Pa., to compete in the Penn State Invitational on Jan. 30 and 31.

EVENT (NCAA DIV. I QUALIFYING MARKS)
High Jump (Auto: 1.84, Prov: 1.78) Noon
10thEdra Finley5-1/1.55m
NMCaitlin Ward
Wt. Throw (Auto: 19.50, Prov: 18.50) App. 12:30 p.m.
12thSara Vigil50-6.25/15.40m
55m Hurd. Trials (Auto: 7.61; Prov: 7.87) 1:00 p.m.
QualifierCaitlin Ward9.05p
55m Dash Trials (Auto: 6.79; Prov: 6.93) 1:20 p.m.
QualifierToyin Olupona6.85p!+/1st, ht. 1
QualifierTianna Madison6.93p!+/1st, ht. 2
QualifierDee Dee Trotter7.00p/2nd, ht. 2
55m Hurd. Finals (Auto: 7.61; Prov: 7.87) 2:00 p.m.
8thCaitlin Ward8.90!
Long Jump (Auto: 6.40, Prov: 6.20) App. 2:00 p.m.
1stTianna Madison20-1.50/6.13m
6thEdra Finley17-9.50/5.42m
Pole Vault (Auto: 4.20, Prov: 3.95) App. 2:00 p.m.
6thKendra Rhyne11-2.25/3.41m
55m Dash Finals (Auto: 6.79; Prov: 6.93) 2:25 p.m.
1stTianna Madison6.83!+
2ndToyin Olupona6.84!+
3rdDee Dee Trotter6.96!
Mile (Auto: 4:39.10, Prov: 4:49.00) 2:45 p.m.
1stLindsay Hyatt4:47.25!+
3rdElizabeth McCalley4:57.35!
4thMindy Sullivan4:58.06!
5thKatie Flaute4:59.82!
10thMegan Cauble5:13.11!
400m (Auto: 53.20, Prov: 54.80) 3:05 p.m.
9thCaitlin Ward59.07
800m (Auto: 2:06.05, Prov: 2:09.40) 3:40 p.m.
1stNicole Cook2:05.60*
2ndLeslie Treherne2:08.56!+
5thKameisha Bennett2:13.04
10thAntoinette Gorham2:16.94!
Shot Put (Auto: 16.50, Prov: 15.20) App. 4:00 p.m.
9thSara Vigil40-3.50/12.28m
11thCaitlin Ward36-7/11.48m
200m (Auto: 23.70, Prov: 24.20) 4:05 p.m.
1stDee Dee Trotter23.72+
5thTianna Madison24.52!
7thToyin Olupona24.63
3000m (Auto: 9:16.80, Prov: 9:35.80) 4:15 p.m.
1stKatie Flaute9:53.97!
2ndMegan Cauble9:54.60!
3rdJessica Southers10:01.03!
4thElizabeth McCalley10:01.58!
Triple Jump (Auto: 13.30; Prov: 12.65) App. 4:30 p.m.
2ndEdra Finley37-8/11.48m
DMR (Auto: 11:17.00, Prov: 11:38.00) 4:45 p.m.
1stLindsay Hyatt/Kameisha Bennett/Mindy Sullivan/Brooke Novak11:25.45+
4x400mR (Auto: 3:35.70, Prov: 3:41.20) 5:15 p.m.
3rdDee Dee Trotter/Nicole Cook/Toyin Olupona/Antoinette Gorham3:40.24+

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

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