UT's 4x1500-Meter Relay Breaks Meet, Track Records

April 11, 2009

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee women's 4x1500-meter relay team turned in a record-breaking performance on Saturday afternoon at Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium, and that effort helped the fifth-ranked Lady Volunteers finish the 43rd Sea Ray Relays with a program-best eight event victories for the meet.

"We had a good week," UT Head Coach J.J. Clark said. "We got some more regional marks and improved on some personal bests, which we are always trying to do. Those things led to some wins at this meet.

"It was our best showing yet at Sea Rays, with eight wins, so it was a good solid meet. We got a lot of work in for down the road with athletes running in several different events. I believe it was an exciting time for our group to get as much work in as they did and run the times they were able to run."

After winning the 3000m, pole vault, 100m hurdles, 400m, and 200m on Friday, UT collected triumphs in the 4x100m relay, shot put and 4x1500 on Saturday to wrap up the Lady Vols' best Sea Rays in school history. The 4x1500 added the icing on the cake by breaking the meet, facility and facility collegiate records.

The quartet of freshman Chanelle Price, senior Rolanda Bell, junior Phoebe Wright and senior Sarah Bowman covered the distance in 17 minutes, 51.71 seconds to win by a minute. Price, Wright and Bowman, three-fourths of UT's world-record distance medley unit from the indoor season, snapped the previous 4x1500 mark of 18:05.32, which had been set by Michigan on April 9, 2004.

"The 4x1500-meter relay went out, got some good work in and broke the meet and track records," Clark said. "It was exciting to see, and they looked very good doing it. The team as a whole performed well."

The 4x100-meter relay quartet of senior Celriece Law, freshman Ellen Wortham, freshman Ashley Harris and junior Lynne Layne cruised around the track in 45.95 to hand the Lady Vols their third consecutive 4x1 win at Sea Ray Relays and their eighth in meet history. Charlotte was second in 46.06, as UT's Layne provided a blistering anchor leg to lead the home team from behind down the homestretch.

Some of the same folks who won the 4x1 came back to card a fourth-place outcome in the 4x200m relay later in the afternoon. The foursome of Layne, Law, junior Chardae Hancock and Harris moved the stick around the oval two times in 1:39.63. For her efforts on both sprint relays on Saturday and her win and runner-up finishes in the 200m and 100m, respectively, on Friday, Layne was voted the Tony Wilson Award winner for female running events. Oregon's Rachel Yurkovich claimed the award for field events with her meet and facility record of 190 feet in the javelin Friday night.

"Lynne has been doing a great job," Clark said. "She deserves the award for putting a lot of work in to perform at the level that she's been demonstrating. It's just exciting that she got that award, and we look forward to her continuing with that sort of progress."

Sophomore Annie Alexander had the third UT first-place finish of the day. Her effort of 55 feet, two inches was good enough to win the shot put after she took first in the invitational discus a year ago. She came up short of repeating in the invitational discus, though, charting a third-place finish with a throw of 174 feet, two inches.

In UT's final relay of the meet, senior Amanda Alexander, Price, Bowman and Bell closed things out with a regional qualifying 3:40.48 mark in the 4x400m event. UT's previous best this season had been a 3:42.55 count.

Elsewhere, Layne and Law finished sixth and eighth, respectively, in the long jump. Layne posted a mark of 19-2, while Law jumped 18-11 1/4. UT's "B" lineup of freshman Ramzee Fondren, freshman Elizabeth Altizer, senior Kimarra McDonald and sophomore Kim White came home seventh in the 4x800m relay. Their time was 9:11.96.

In a result from late on Friday night, sophomore Holly Kane uncorked a personal-best fling of 137-2 in the javelin to finish seventh.

The Lady Vols will compete at home again next weekend, as they take part for the first time in the Volunteer Track Classic on Friday and Saturday. Prior to this season, the meet was confined to high school athletes.

Open Hammer (Auto: 5,500; Prov: 5,050) 8 p.m.
nm Laquoya Kelly
nm Holly Kane
nm Christine Coppola
Open 3000m (Not An NCAA Event) 12:35 p.m.
1st Jackie Areson 9:42.29!
High Jump (Regional: 5-8.75/1.75m) 1:00 p.m.
t9th Ellen Wortham 5-5/1.65m
Pole Vault (Regional: 12-7.50/3.85m) 1:00 p.m.
1st Alicia Essex 13-7.25/4.15m!#
100mH (Regional: 13.92) 2:00 p.m.
1st Celriece Law 13.23!# (w: 1.6)
nm Chardae Hancock DQ
100m (Regional: 11.75) 2:45 p.m.
2nd Lynne Layne 11.28w# (w: 3.8)
7th Celriece Law 11.73w# (w: 3.9)
10th Ellen Wortham 11.88w (w: 4.9)
14th Ashley Harris 11.99w (w: 3.9)
22nd Chardae Hancock 12.08w (w: 4.9)
Open Discus (Regional: 155-2/47.30m) 2:45 p.m.
nm Christine Coppola
400m (Regional: 54.61) 3:35 p.m.
1st Phoebe Wright 54.43!#
nm Kim White FS
400mH (Regional: 1:00.82) 7:45 p.m.
9th Ellen Wortham 1:02.55
11th Amanda Alexander 1:03.13!
200m (Regional: 23.96) 8:30 p.m.
1st Lynne Layne 23.87# (w: 0.2)
9th Ashley Harris 24.82 (w: 0.6)
25th Amanda Alexander 26.07! (w: -0.6)
26th Chardae Hancock 26.10! (w: -0.6)
800m (Regional: 2:09.80) 9:20 p.m.
3rd Chanelle Price 2:05.54#
4th Sarah Bowman 2:05.73#
9th Kimarra McDonald 2:10.46!
17th Ramzee Fondren 2:13.30
35th Jackie Areson 2:19.05
40th Charity Honeycutt 2:20.34!
41st Kim White 2:20.89!
45th Chelsea Knotts 2:23.53!
1500m (Regional: 4:27.80) 9:50 p.m.
4th Rolanda Bell 4:24.84
12th Katie Van Horn 4:31.96!
40th Michele Levy 4:52.46!
44th Elizabeth Altizer 4:54.27
Inv. 5000m (Regional: 16:52.00) 10:20 p.m.
19th Elizabeth Tiller 20:00.05!
Javelin (Regional: 142-6/43.45m) 10:20 p.m.
7th Holly Kane 137-2/41.82m!
nm Brittany Napoli
Inv. Discus (Regional: 155-2/47.30m) 12:45 p.m.
3rd Annie Alexander 174-2/53.09m#
Long Jump (Regional: 19-8.25/6.00m) 1:30 p.m.
6th Lynne Layne 19-2/5.84m (w: 0.8)
8th Celriece Law 18-11.25/5.77m (w: 0.0)
4x100m Relay (Regional: 45.70) 2:00 p.m.
1st Celriece Law/Ellen Wortham 45.95
Ashley Harris/Lynne Layne
Shot Put (Regional: 46-11/14.30m) 2:30 p.m.
1st Annie Alexander 55-2/16.81m#
28th Laquoya Kelly 42-7/12.98m
4x800m Relay (Not An NCAA Event) 3:20 p.m.
7th Ramzee Fondren/Elizabeth Altizer 9:11.96
Kimarra McDonald/Kim White
dnf Charity Honeycutt/Michele Levy
Chelsea Knotts/Katie Van Horn
4x200m Relay (Not An NCAA Event) 4:00 p.m.
4th Lynne Layne/Celriece Law 1:39.63
Chardae Hancock/Ashley Harris
4x1500m Relay (Not An NCAA Event) 4:40 p.m.
1st Chanelle Price/Rolanda Bell 17:51.71
Phoebe Wright/Sarah Bowman
4x400m Relay (Regional: 3:42.00) 5:25 p.m.
3rd Amanda Alexander/Phoebe Wright 3:40.48#
Brittany Jones/Kimarra McDonald
11th Ellen Wortham/Chanelle Price 3:48.82
Sarah Bowman/Rolanda Bell
# - NCAA Regional Qualifier, * - NCAA Automatic Qualifier, + - NCAA Provisional Qualifier, ! - Personal Record (Outdoors), dnf - Did Not Finish, dnq - Did Not Qualify, dnr - Did Not Run, dns - Did Not Start, dq - Disqualified, f - Facility Record, fs - False Start, h - Hand Times, nm - No Mark, p - Prelims, s - School Record (Outdoors).





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