Feb. 13, 2004
Dee Dee Trotter's school record and NCAA automatic-qualifying time in the invitational 400 meters was the marquee moment, but Brooke Novak managed to grab a share of the headlines with an upset victory in the mile for the fifth-ranked University of Tennessee women's track & field team Saturday at the Razorback-Tyson Invitational.
Trotter, a junior from Decatur, Ga., brought down Delisa Walton's 21-year-old UT standard of 53.04 with a 52.34 outburst that punched her ticket to the NCAA Indoor Championships. That meet will be held March 12-13 on the very same Randal Tyson Track Center oval where Trotter ran tonight. The Big Orange standout is now automatically qualified for the meet in three events, adding to her previous accomplishments in the 200 meters and distance medley relay. She also possesses three school records, adding to her prior efforts in the outdoor 400m in 2003 and the indoor 200m two weekends ago.
The only thing missing for Trotter on this night was a victory, as she settled for a runner-up finish behind Sanya Richards of Texas (51.45), just as she did at the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Championships. But, in her initial indoor quarter mile race since Feb. 9, 2003, Trotter shaved more than two seconds off her career best and booked the ninth-fastest time in the world this season.
While Trotter came up short of a win, Novak shocked the track-savvy crowd by out-kicking and defeating
Mississippi State's Tiffany McWilliams, the NCAA runner-up in the mile a year ago and the 2003 NCAA Outdoor
champ at 1500 meters. A gutsy career-best run of 4:42.28 by the Kaukauna, Wis., native enabled her to take over the
SEC lead in that event and suddenly push her name into the national picture. Her mark, which edged McWilliams's
4:42.58, is the eighth-quickest ever by a Lady Vol and shoots her to third on the all-time performers list at UT. Senior
Lindsay Hyatt (Auburn, Calif.) and junior Nicole Cook (Petersburg, Va.) also ran well. Hyatt finished fifth and improved
her provisional standing with a 4:45.59 outing, while Cook had a career best of 4:56.12 to place 11th.
After posting times of 7.38 and 7.45, respectively, during the morning's preliminary rounds of the 60-meter dash, junior Toyin Olupona (Orillia, Ontario, Canada) and freshman Tianna Madison (Elyria, Ohio) came back in the evening session to finish third and fifth in the finals at 7.35 and 7.42. Olupona's time, which ranks her high on the NCAA provisional list, is a career best and is the second-fastest 60 run at UT by anyone other than Kelli White.
Madison also turned in a third-place performance in the invitational long jump, stretching the tape measure to 20-2.50/6.16m on her third attempt to finish ahead of eight All-America-caliber or world-class contestants in an elite field of 12. Former Auburn national champion Elva Goulbourne and Victoria Rybalco of Nike were the only athletes to post better marks, charting leaps of 21-8/6.60m and 20-3.75/6.19m to place first and second.
Freshman Leslie Treherne (Chesapeake, Va.) bagged yet another NCAA provisional for Tennessee, finishing first among collegians and fourth overall in the invitational 800 meters. Her 2:07.66 showing was an improvement over her 2:08.16 converted clocking from the SEC Invitational on Jan. 25 and boosts her to seventh on the all-time indoor performers list at Rocky Top.
Earlier in the day, seniors Kameisha Bennett (Dayton, Ohio) and Lindsay Hyatt (Auburn, Calif.) took second and third in the unseeded section of the 800m and more importantly landed NCAA provisionals with times of 2:08.36 and 2:08.43, respectively. Redshirt freshman Mindy Sullivan (Lubbock, Texas) and junior Antoinette Gorham (Glenarden, Md.) were 10th and 24th, respectively, in 2:10.25 and 2:17.79.
In the 5000 meters, redshirt freshman Megan Cauble (Knoxville, Tenn.) just missed an NCAA provisional in her first try at the indoor 5K, checking in fourth in 16:47.16 and coming up shy of the provisional cutoff by a mere 2.16 seconds. Sophomore Katie Flaute (Dayton, Ohio) knocked nearly 29 seconds from her previous PR, covering the distance in 17:21.00 to wind up ninth. Cauble's readout was the ninth fastest in Lady Vol history.
Pole vaulter Jessica Reust (Knoxville, Tenn.) continued to display her rapid improvement, raising her personal record for the third-consecutive meet. Her 12-7.50/3.85m clearance was good for sixth and ties her with Tracy Carrington at number two on UT's all-time indoor performers list. The height also matched Carrington's 12-7.50 vault in 1999 for the fifth-highest ever by a Tennessee athlete. Only 2003 graduate and school-record-holder Christie Elwin has done better.
In the first event of the day, junior Elizabeth McCalley (Knoxville, Tenn.), redshirt freshman Felicia Guliford (Gallup, N.M.), and senior Jessica Southers (Ashland, Ky.) each recorded career-best times en route to finishing 1-2-3 in the unseeded section of the 3000 meters. McCalley set the pace at 9:46.97, followed by Guliford at 9:52.87 and Southers in 9:54.72.
In the only other noteworthy effort, freshman Edra Finley (Mobile, Ala.) finished 11th in the open section of the long jump with a career-best leap of 18-4.25/5.59m.
On Saturday, Tennessee will send its "A" 4x400-meter relay team into action in the elite division at the Tyson Foods Invitational in Fayetteville. The third stop on USA Track & Field's Indoor Golden Spike Tour, the meet will be broadcast that night from 9-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time, on ESPN2.
DICKIE WINS 5000m: Former Lady Vol Sharon Dickie, the 2003 SEC Outdoor champ in the 5000 meters, won that event Saturday night at the Razorback-Tyson Invitational in 16:30.97.
|EVENT (NCAA DIV. I QUALIFYING MARKS)|
|FRIDAY, FEB. 13|
|3000m Unseeded (Auto: 9:16.00, Prov: 9:35.00)b|
|High Jump (Auto: 1.84, Prov: 1.78)|
|NM||Edra Finley||missed at 5-5/1.65m|
|Long Jump (Auto: 6.40, Prov: 6.20)|
|Wt. Throw (Auto: 19.50, Prov: 18.50)|
|60m Dash Prelims (Auto: 7.30; Prov: 7.44)|
|Qualified||Toyin Olupona||7.38p+/2nd, ht. 4|
|Qualified||Tianna Madison||7.42p/3rd, ht. 4|
|Pole Vault (Auto: 4.20, Prov: 3.95)|
|NM||Kendra Rhyne||missed at 11-7.75/3.55m|
|800m Unseeded (Auto: 2:05.65, Prov: 2:09.00)b|
|Shot Put (Auto: 16.50, Prov: 15.20)|
|Long Jump Invite (Auto: 6.40, Prov: 6.20)|
|400m Seeded (Auto: 52.90, Prov: 54.50)b|
|2nd||Dee Dee Trotter||52.34b!*s|
|5000m (Auto: 16:15.00; Prov: 16:45.00)b|
|60m Dash Finals (Auto: 7.30; Prov: 7.44)|
|800m Seeded (Auto: 2:05.65, Prov: 2:09.00)b|
|Triple Jump (Auto: 13.30; Prov: 12.65)|
|Mile Seeded (Auto: 4:38.50, Prov: 4:48.40)b|
|4x400mR (Auto: 3:34.50, Prov: 3:40.00)b|
|14th||Antoinette Gorham/Mindy Sullivan/Elizabeth McCalley/Jessica Southers||4:02.75b|
|SATURDAY, FEB. 14|
|4x400mR (Auto: 3:34.50, Prov: 3:40.00)b|
* All Times Central
* - 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