April 16, 2005

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- University of Tennessee standouts Tianna Madison and Toyin Olupona produced victories against world-class competitors in the long jump and invitational 100-meter dash, respectively, on Saturday to close out a very productive weekend for the Lady Vols at the 39th-annual Sea Ray Relays.

Sea Ray Relays

Madison, the current world leader in the long jump at 22 feet, 4 1/2 inches, grabbed the women's Tony Wilson Award for Field Events with her second-straight long jump victory at Sea Rays, despite suffering the effects of a cold. The sophomore from Elyria, Ohio, accomplished that feat with a leap of 21 feet, 8 1/4 inches to defeat 2004 U.S. Olympian and Olympic Trials runner-up Grace Upshaw, who entered the meet ranked fourth in the world in 2005. Jumping unattached, Upshaw stretched the tape to 21-6 1/4 on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Tom Black Track. UT sophomore Edra Finley (Mobile, Ala.) wound up 13th with a career-best leap of 19-0.75/5.81m.

After winning the open division of the 100-meter dash on Friday, Olupona came back a day later to seize the championship in the invitational 100 meters from an impressive list of runners in 11.40. South Carolina's Shalonda Solomon was second in 11.42, Speed Elite's Consuella Moore was third in 11.45 and Nike's Monique Hennagan was fourth in 11.52. Moore was a U.S. Olympic 4x100m relay alternate in Athens last summer, while Hennagan won gold with UT's Dee Dee Trotter on the American 4x400m relay team.

For the second day in a row, Olupona charted a career-best effort. The Orillia, Ontario, Canada, native's regional-qualifying trip down the track topped yesterday's 11.47 jaunt and gave UT its first invitational 100m victor at Sea Rays since Kelli White won back to back championships in 1999 and 2000. Freshman Cleo Tyson (Huntsville, Texas) flashed her potential for greatness later in the day, taking fourth against a strong field in the invitational 200m dash in a career-best and NCAA regional time of 23.34.

Tennessee began the day with a runner-up effort in the distance medley relay. The quartet of sophomore Mindy Sullivan (Lubbock, Texas), junior Patricia Hall (St. Ann, Jamaica), senior Antoinette Gorham (Glenarden, Md.) and junior Brooke Novak (Kaukauna, Wis.) covered the distance in 11:27.44, finishing behind victorious Cornell. The Big Red triumphed in 11:23.96 and collected its third Sea Ray Relays DMR title in the past five years after CU anchor Sarah Coseo out-dueled UT closer Novak over the final 1600 meters.

Senior Elizabeth McCalley (Knoxville, Tenn.) also wound up with a second-place finish, running the 3000-meter steeplechase in 10:40.20 to qualify for the NCAA regional meet. Sophomore Carly Matthews (Winston-Salem, N.C.) was sixth in 11:05.98. McCalley nearly became UT's first-ever Sea Rays champ in the steeplechase, but she appeared to stumble as she approached a barrier about 600 meters before the finish. Charlotte's Tsehaye Dagnachew took advantage of the opportunity, moving ahead of the UT runner to victory in 10:34.70.

The Big Orange's fifth top-two finish came in the 4x800m relay, where the foursome of Hall, Novak, Sullivan and Gorham crossed the line second in 8:59.62. As with the DMR, Cornell once again took top honors ahead of the hosts, registering a clocking of 8:38.21 to win for the third time in meet history.

"Patricia Hall had a good day in the relays, giving some strong efforts," Lady Vol Head Coach J.J. Clark said. "Toyin won her second 100-meter dash title in two days, and that was also impressive. I am happy with the way we competed and that we were able to win a couple of events today, but I know we can do better."

UT also logged a pair of fifth-place outcomes to wrap up the meet, getting a throw of 47-11 in the shot from junior April Thomas (Albany, Ga.) and a mark of 3:37.63 from the weary 4x400m relay collaboration of Olupona, Tyson, junior Caitlin Ward (Gibsonia, Pa.) and Hall.

"We had some people sick and nursing minor injuries, so we had to hold some people out," Clark said. " I look forward to getting everyone back the next couple of weeks. We'll keep training and getting everyone ready to perform at the conference meet."

South Carolina continued its strong showing on the weekend, charting meet and facility records in the shuttle hurdle relay after doing the same in the 4x200m relay on Friday. The Gamecocks also came back to win the 4x100m title as well. USC sprinter/hurdler Tiffany Ross-Williams carted the Tony Wilson Award for Running Events home to Columbia after winning the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles on Friday and contributing to two relay victories and a runner-up finish on Saturday.

Late Friday night on the West Coast, a pair of Tennessee women were in action at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. Junior Felicia Guliford (Gallup, N.M.) became the 12th UT woman to earn a trip to the NCAA regional meet, charting a career-best time of 16:23.73 to place 14th in the invitational division of the 5,000-meter run. That mark ranks her seventh on UT's all-time performers list in that event. Classmate Katie Flaute (Dayton, Ohio), meanwhile, logged a personal-record time of 34:59.62 (28th) in the invitational 10,000 meters, which was good enough to get her on the provisional list for the NCAA Championships. The 10K uses an automatic/provisional format for qualifying rather than regional standards.

The Lady Vols are idle next weekend before returning to action on April 27-30 at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa.

Open Hammer Throw (Regional: 177-8/54.15m) 8:45 a.m.
NoMark Shanna Dickenson
NoMark April Thomas
Inv. Hammer Throw (Regional: 177-8/54.15m) 10:45 a.m.
2ndAriel Brooks189-3/57.69m!#s
Open 3000m (Not An NCAA Event) 12:55 p.m.
No Lady Vols Entered
High Jump (Regional: 5-8.75/1.75m) 1:00 p.m.
No Lady Vol Entered
Pole Vault (Regional: 12-5.50/3.80m) 1:00 p.m.
2ndJessica Reust12-11.50/3.95m#
t20thKendra Rhyne10-11.75/3.35m
No MarkJessica Andrews
1500m (Regional: 4:27.80) 1:40 p.m.
14thMindy Sullivan4:33.06!
100m Hurdles (Regional: 13.95) 2:30 p.m.
32ndCatherine Wright16.14 (w: 2.2)
dnfEdra Finley
Discus (Regional: 155-2/47.30m) 2:45 p.m.
4thAriel Brooks156-5/47.69m#
9thShanna Dickenson143-11/43.87m
No MarkApril Thomas
No MarkAmara McKell
Open 100m (Regional: 11.75) 3:15 p.m.
1stToyin Olupona11.47!# (w: 0.0)
2ndCleo Tyson11.48# (w: 0.0)
Triple Jump (Regional: 40-2.75/12.26m) 4:00 p.m.
4thEdra Finley40-4.75/12.31m# (w: 0.1)
400m (Regional: 54.61) 4:05 p.m.
2ndPatricia Hall52.97!#
4thAntoinette Gorham53.78#
400mH (Regional: 60.82) 4:55 p.m.
No Lady Vols Entered
4x200mR (Not An NCAA Event) 5:40 p.m.
No Lady Vols Entered
800m (Regional: 2:09.80) 6:10 p.m.
No Lady Vols Entered
Javelin (Regional: 141-7/43.15m) 7:00 p.m.
10thAmara McKell91-6/27.90m
4x1500mR (Not An NCAA Event) 7:00 p.m.
No Lady Vols Entered
10,000m (Auto: 34:10.00; Prov: 35:15.00) 7:45 p.m.
dnfMegan Cauble
Shuttle Hurdle Relay (Not An NCAA Event) 12:40 p.m.
No Lady Vols Entered
Distance Medley Relay (Not An NCAA Event) 1:20 p.m.
2ndMindy Sullivan/Patricia Hall
Antoinette Gorham/Brooke Novak
Long Jump (Regional: 19-6.25/5.95m) 1:30 p.m.
1stTianna Madison21-8.25/6.61m# (w: 0.0)
13thEdra Finley19-0.75/5.81m! (w: 0.0)
No Mark Caitlin Ward
4x100m Relay (Regional: 45.80) 2:00 p.m.
No Lady Vols Entered
Shot Put (Regional: 46-11/14.30m) 2:30 p.m.
5thApril Thomas47-11/14.60m#
13thAriel Brooks42-11.50/13.09m
18thAmara McKell41-11.25/12.78m!
No MarkShanna Dickenson
Inv. 3000mSC (Regional: 10:52.10) 2:50 p.m.
2ndElizabeth McCalley10:34.70#
6thCarly Matthews11:05.98!
Inv. 100m (Regional: 11.75) 3:20 p.m.
1stToyin Olupona11.40!#
4x800mR (Not An NCAA Event) 3:35 p.m.
2ndPatricia Hall/Brooke Novak
Mindy Sullivan/Antoinette Gorham
Inv. 200m (Regional: 23.96) 4:15 p.m.
4thCleo Tyson23.34!# (w: 1.5)
Inv. 5000m (Regional: 16:52.00) 4:40 p.m.
No Lady Vols Entered
4x400mR (Regional: 3:42.00) 5:25 p.m.
5thToyin Olupona/Cleo Tyson
Caitlin Ward/Patricia Hall
26thBrooke Novak/Mindy Sullivan
Edra Finley/Elizabeth McCalley





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