Feb. 14, 2004


The 4x400m relay unit capped off a strong weekend of action for the fifth-ranked University of Tennessee women's track & field team, as that unit broke a 12-year-old school record and notched a three-second improvement of its NCAA provisional qualifying mark Saturday afternoon at the Tyson Foods Invitational at the Randal Tyson Track Center. The meet, which was to be televised by ESPN2 on Saturday from 9-10:30 p.m. ET, was the third in a series of USA Track & Field Golden Spike events. The Big Orange quartet of freshman Leslie Treherne (Chesapeake, Va.), junior Dee Dee Trotter (Decatur, Ga.), junior Nicole Cook (Petersburg, Va.) and senior Kameisha Bennett (Dayton, Ohio) rolled to a time of 3:35.39 to finish fifth in a "Who's Who" field of U.S. 4x4s. Texas took top honors with a 3:32.22 readout, followed by Florida, Miami (Fla.) and Barton County (Kan.) Community College in 3:33.90, 3:34.45 and 3:35.30, respectively.

In addition to topping the 1992 Lady Vol record of 3:35.80, set by Pat Leroy, Sue Walton, Tisha Prather and Tonya Lee at the NCAA Indoor Championships, the current edition of the Tennessee 4x4 improved considerably its own NCAA stock, rising from a 3:38.34 mark to now having the fourth-fastest Division I clocking in the nation.

"We capped off a very solid weekend with a school record in the 4x4," Head Coach J.J. Clark said. "The school records at Tennessee aren't too shabby, so it shows that the kids are getting things done. When you can leave a meet with a couple of school records, eight provisionals, an automatic qualifier and 13 PRs, it confirms that we are moving in the right direction."



In capsule, the Lady Vols' school records included the 4x4 and Dee Dee Trotter's 400-meter clocking of 52.34. Trotter's mark was an automatic qualifier, while freshman Tianna Madison (Elyria, Ohio) and Toyin Olupona (Orillia, Ontario, Canada) had provisionals in the 60 meters; Treherne, Bennett and senior Lindsay Hyatt (Auburn, Calif.) posted provisionals in the 800; and Hyatt and sophomore Brooke Novak (Kaukauna, Wis.) hit the safety mark in the mile. The NCAA Championship meet will be held in Fayetteville on March 12-13.

The Lady Vols will be in action at home next weekend, as they join the UT men in hosting the Tennessee Indoor Invitational at Stokely Athletics Center on Feb. 20.

3000m Unseeded (Auto: 9:16.00, Prov: 9:35.00)b
1stElizabeth McCalley9:46.97b!
2ndFelicia Guliford9:52.87b!
3rdJessica Southers9:54.72b!
High Jump (Auto: 1.84, Prov: 1.78)
NMEdra Finleymissed at 5-5/1.65m
Long Jump (Auto: 6.40, Prov: 6.20)
11thEdra Finley18-4.25/5.59m!
Wt. Throw (Auto: 19.50, Prov: 18.50)
NMSara Vigil
60m Dash Prelims (Auto: 7.30; Prov: 7.44)
QualifiedToyin Olupona7.38p+/2nd, ht. 4
QualifiedTianna Madison7.42p/3rd, ht. 4
Pole Vault (Auto: 4.20, Prov: 3.95)
6thJessica Reust12-7.50/3.85m!
NMKendra Rhyne missed at 11-7.75/3.55m
800m Unseeded (Auto: 2:05.65, Prov: 2:09.00)b
2ndKameisha Bennett2:08.36b+
3rdLindsay Hyatt2:08.43b+
8thMindy Sullivan 2:10.25b
24thAntoinette Gorham2:17.79b
Shot Put (Auto: 16.50, Prov: 15.20)
NMSara Vigil
Long Jump Invite (Auto: 6.40, Prov: 6.20)
3rdTianna Madison20-2.50/6.16m!
400m Seeded (Auto: 52.90, Prov: 54.50)b
2ndDee Dee Trotter52.34b!*s
5000m (Auto: 16:15.00; Prov: 16:45.00)b
4thMegan Cauble16:47.16b!
9thKatie Flaute17:21.00b!
60m Dash Finals (Auto: 7.30; Prov: 7.44)
3rdToyin Olupona7.35p!+
5thTianna Madison7.42+
800m Seeded (Auto: 2:05.65, Prov: 2:09.00)b
4th Leslie Treherne2:07.66b!+
Triple Jump (Auto: 13.30; Prov: 12.65)
NMEdra Finley
Mile Seeded (Auto: 4:38.50, Prov: 4:48.40)b
1stBrooke Novak4:42.28b!+
5thLindsay Hyatt4:45.59b!+
11thNicole Cook4:56.12b!
4x400mR (Auto: 3:34.50, Prov: 3:40.00)b
14thAntoinette Gorham/Mindy Sullivan/Elizabeth McCalley/Jessica Southers4:02.75b
4x400mR (Auto: 3:34.50, Prov: 3:40.00)b
5thLeslie Treherne/Dee Dee Trotter/Nicole Cook/Kameisha Bennett3:35.39b+

* 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



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