Feb. 12, 2005


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Tianna Madison automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships in the long jump, the distance medley and 4x400-meter relays won in impressive fashion, and sprinter Cleo Tyson brought down a pair of freshman records Saturday to pace the third-ranked University of Tennessee women's track & field team at the Powered by Tyson Invitational.

Madison, a sophomore from Elyria, Ohio, took a huge leap forward in the long jump, seizing a resounding victory at the Randal Tyson Track Center with the number-two jump in the world this year. Her mark of 21-11.50/6.69m, ranks second on the planet to only the 22-5.25/6.84m effort registered by Swedish Olympic gold medallist heptathlete Carolina Kluft on Feb. 3.

Madison's measurement, which easily surpassed the NCAA automatic qualifying standard of 21-0/6.40m, moves her back atop the NCAA qualifying list and guarantees her a spot at the NCAA Championships in Fayetteville on March 11-12. The distance also rates as the second-best ever charted indoors by a Lady Vol, ranking behind only the school-record jump of Dedra Davis (22-0.25/6.71m) at the 1994 NCAA Indoor Championships.

The DMR and 4x4 also made moves to secure NCAA berths. The 4x4 closed out the meet with a sensational run of 3:33.82 to claim top honors in a pace that was just off the automatic standard of 3:33.50. The quartet of freshman LaTonya Loche (Bastrop, La.), freshman Courtney Champion (Lawrenceville, Ga.), senior Nicole Cook (Petersburg, Va.) and junior Patricia Hall (St. Ann, Jamaica) reeled off the third best time in the nation and the number-three reading in Lady Vol history.



The victorious DMR combination of junior Brooke Novak (Kaukauna, Wis.), Loche, Cook and sophomore Felicia Guliford (Gallup, N.M.), meanwhile, put together UT's best product of 2005 and its fourth-best in school annals. The first-time quartet hit the tape 34 seconds ahead of runner-up SMU with an NCAA provisional of 11:17.28 that moved the Big Orange to number seven on the national list. UT hopes to defend its 2004 national title in the DMR at the upcoming NCAA meet.

In the 60-meter dash finals, Tyson came on strong over the final 20 meters against an NCAA-caliber field to place third in a career-best and NCAA provisional readout of 7.33. With that gem, the freshman from Huntsville, Texas, became the number-three-ranked short sprinter on UT's all-time performers list and plated a Lady Vol rookie record in the process. Following Tyson across the line in provisional fashion were Madison in fourth at 7.35 and senior Toyin Olupona (Orillia, Ontario, Canada) in fifth at 7.39. Champion was seventh in 7.41.

The Lady Vol sprint corps also looked sharp in the 200 meters, collecting NCAA provisionals from all four entrants and boasting the second UT freshman record of the evening from Tyson. The speedy Texan rolled to a career-topping readout of 23.68 to place fifth and move to eighth on the NCAA list, topping Dee Dee Trotter's UT freshman-best of 23.78 at the 2002 SEC meet. Tyson was followed by Olupona in eighth place at 23.77, Loche in ninth at 23.80 and Champion in 11th at 23.85. All the marks except for Champion's were career bests, and the young Georgian's was her fastest as a Lady Vol.

Junior Jessica Reust (Knoxville, Tenn.) got back on track in the championship division of the pole vault, registering a career best and just missing the school record and an NCAA provisional on her final attempt. The 2004 SEC Outdoor champion cleared 12-8.75/3.88m to tie for eighth this evening and would have raised the UT indoor record to 13-2.50/4.03m if she hadn't barely brushed the bar on her third try at that height.

In the unseeded section of the triple jump, junior Edra Finley (Mobile, Ala.) demonstrated phenomenal improvement, unleashing a career-best leap of 41-1.50/12.53m to place third in her finest performance as a Lady Vol. Entering the evening with a prior PR of 38-9.50/11.82m from last year's SEC Indoor Championships, Finley uncorked a jump Saturday night that moved her from number eight to number two on UT's all-time indoor performers chart in that event and ranks her second on the 2005 SEC performers list. Finley also matched her career best in the long jump Saturday, stretching the tape to 18-10/5.74m and placing fourth in the unseeded section.

In the championship division of the 5000 meters, junior Katie Flaute (Dayton, Ohio) lowered her PR by 10 seconds to 17:03.23 en route to a ninth-place result. In the 800 meters, meanwhile, it was sophomore Leslie Treherne (Chesapeake, Va.), sophomore Mindy Sullivan (Lubbock, Texas) and senior Antoinette Gorham (Glenarden, Md.) crossing the line third, eighth and ninth, respectively, in 2:10.69, 2:13.49, and 2:13.83. Treherne's mark was her season best by two seconds.

In action within unseeded sections, senior Jessica Andrews (Knoxville, Tenn.) soared to a personal-best 12-2.75/3.73m to notch a tie for sixth in the pole vault, while Hall continued her improvement in the 400 meters, grabbing ninth with a season-best time of 54.83. Senior Elizabeth McCalley (Knoxville, Tenn.) was ninth in the championship division of the mile at 5:00.10.

In the throws, junior April Thomas (Albany, Ga.) snared eighth in the shot put at 49-3.75/15.03m while taking 18th in the weight throw with a heave of 55-5/16.89m. Freshman Shanna Dickenson (Cincinnati, Ohio) was 21st in the weight throw at 51-9.75/15.79m but was unable to land a fair mark in the shot put.

At the beginning of the day, in the unseeded section of the 3000 meters, McCalley covered the distance in 9:54.35 to place sixth, sophomore Carly Matthews (Winston-Salem, N.C.) finished ninth in 10:04.50 and sophomore Megan Cauble (Knoxville, Tenn.) was 11th in 10:10.71.

Former Lady Vol All-American and current UT graduate assistant Sharon Dickie snagged second in the championship division of the 3000 meters, finishing in 9:18.93 on the heels of former East Tennessee State standout Catherine Berry (9:18.32).

Tennessee will return to action Friday, as it hosts the Tennessee Indoor Classic at Stokely Athletics Center on Feb. 18. Field events begin at noon, and running events get started at 5 p.m.

Unseeded Pole Vault (Auto: 4.20, Prov: 3.95) 9:00 a.m.
t6thJessica Andrews12-2.75/3.73m!
Unseeded Long Jump (Auto: 6.40, Prov: 6.10) 9:00 a.m.
4thEdra Finley18-10/5.74m!
Unseed. 3000m (Auto: 9:16.00; Prov: 9:35.00)b 9:15 a.m.
6thElizabeth McCalley9:54.34b
9thCarly Matthews10:04.50b
11thMegan Cauble10:10.71b
Unseeded 400m (Auto: 52.40, Prov: 54.40)b 10:45 a.m.
9thPatricia Hall54.83b
Champ. Wt. Throw (Auto: 20.50, Prov: 18.50) 11:00 a.m.
18thApril Thomas55-5/16.89m
21stShanna Dickenson51-9.75/15.79m
60m Prelims (Auto: 7.27; Prov: 7.44) 12:10 p.m.
Adv.Toyin Olupona7.35p+/1st., ht. 3
Adv.Tianna Madison7.35p+/1st, ht. 4
Adv.Cleo Tyson7.36p!+/2nd, ht.1
Adv.Courtney Champion7.39p+/2nd, ht. 2
Champ. Long Jump (Auto: 6.40, Prov: 6.10) 1:00 p.m.
1stTianna Madison21-11.50/6.69m!*
200m (Auto: 23.30; Prov: 23.90)b 2:35 p.m.
5thCleo Tyson23.68b!+/1st, ht. 4
8thToyin Olupona23.77b!+/1st, ht. 7
9thLaTonya Loche23.80b!+/1st, ht. 8
11thCourtney Champion23.85b+/2nd, ht. 4
Champ. Pole Vault (Auto: 4.20, Prov: 3.95) 4:00 p.m.
t8thJessica Reust12-8.75/3.88m!
Champ. Shot Put (Auto: 16.90, Prov: 15.40) 5:00 p.m.
8thApril Thomas49-3.75/15.03m
nmShanna Dickenson
Unseed. Triple Jump (Auto: 13.30, Prov: 12.65) 5:00 p.m.
3rdEdra Finley41-1.50/12.53m!
Champ. 5000m (Auto: 16:10, Prov: 16:45)b 6:50 p.m.
9thKatie Flaute17:03.23b!
Champ. 800m (Auto: 2:05.65, Prov: 2:09.00)b 7:10 p.m.
3rdLeslie Treherne2:10.69b
8thMindy Sullivan2:13.49b
9thAntoinette Gorham2:13.83b
Champ. DMR (Auto: 11:09.00; Prov: 11:28.00)b 7:40 p.m.
1stBrooke Novak/LaTonya Loche/Nicole Cook/Felicia Guliford11:17.28b+
60m Final (Auto: 7.27; Prov: 7.44) 8:35 p.m.
3rdCleo Tyson7.33!+
4thTianna Madison7.35+
5thToyin Olupona7.39+
7thCourtney Champion7.41+
Champ. Mile (Auto: 4:38.50; Prov: 4:47.00)b 8:40 p.m.
9thElizabeth McCalley5:00.10b
Champ. 4x400mR (Auto: 3:33.50; Prov: 3:40.00)b 9:20 p.m.
1stLaTonya Loche/Courtney Champion/Nicole Cook/Patricia Hall3:33.82b+

All Times Listed Are Central Time



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