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4x1500-meter relay team

4x1500-meter relay team

April 24, 2009

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- For the second time in the past two months, the Lady Vol track & field team is sitting on top of the world.  The women's 4x1500-meter relay team snared Tennessee's second baton event title in as many days at Franklin Field and did so in world-record-setting fashion Friday afternoon in front of a crowd of 39,501 at the 115th Penn Relays.

On March 13, UT's distance medley relay unit smashed the world record en route to an NCAA Indoor Championship in that event. On Friday, the Lady Vol 4x1500m contingent used a blistering time of 17 minutes, 8.34 seconds to unseat Australia's previous 2000 world best of 17:09.75. That effort enabled the Big Orange to win its first-ever 4x15 crown at Penn and card its second victory in as many days, following the distance medley triumph on Thursday. J.J. Clark's squad will go for the trifecta on Saturday, competing in the 4x800m relay at 2 p.m. ESPN2 will have the telecast from 4 to 6 p.m. Eastern Time and may show portions of UT's victorious performances.

Senior Sarah Bowman, who anchored three runner-up UT outfits a year ago, continued to exorcise her 2008 demons one race at a time. After being handed a lead and holding on to win Thursday, Bowman had ground to make up on Friday despite some outstanding legs from her teammates. Following career-best 1500m splits from freshman Chanelle Price (4:19.5), junior Phoebe Wright (4:19.0) and senior Rolanda Bell (4:19.6), Bowman took the baton for the final hitch in fourth place just behind Villanova and Washington and about 15 meters back of Georgetown.

The veteran ran patiently the first lap and began to creep up on the Hoyas' Maggie Infield as she completed the second lap. After contently running just behind Infield on lap three, Bowman moved to her opponent's side as the bell sounded to signify the final lap. With 250 to go, the nine-time Lady Vol All-American attempted to make her move, but Infield held her off. With 200 meters, Bowman tried again with more gusto and utilized her speed to leave the GU runner-up behind, carding a 4:10.2 anchor split. Thanks to Bowman's performance, the second-fastest split in meet history, the Hoyas finished second in 17:11.86.

In addition to rewriting the world mark, Tennessee reset the 2006 American record (Stanford, 17:18.63), the 1990 collegiate mark (Villanova, 17:18.10), the 2007 meet and stadium marks (Michigan, 17:15.62) and the 1989 school record (17:22.82, by Gina Wilbanks, Patty Wiegand, Valerie Bertand and Jasmin Jones).

"The team ran absolutely great, and you saw a different team than you saw out there yesterday," Clark said. "They all ran their personal bests to get the job done. To break world, American and collegiate records is an amazing feat. It really shows you the caliber of young ladies we have.

"When you have Sarah on the anchor leg, it really adds to the power and quality of your team. I'm really proud of what they've all done, and you can't say enough about this group and what has happened over the past several weeks."

Clark also was pleased that a couple of local product seniors in Rolanda Bell (Laurelton, N.Y.) and Kimarra McDonald (Lumberton, N.J.) were part of UT's victories the past two days.

"It is really nice," Clark said. "Kimarra and Rolanda have run here before but haven't won. After the team won yesterday (with McDonald), they said, `let's see if we can get a win and a watch (winner's award) for Rolanda today.' Jackie added to that, too, last night in the 5K. It is very gratifying to see the team put out that kind of effort."

Earlier in the day, in the 4x100m relay, Tennessee generated a fifth-place finish. Posting yet another season-best time, the Lady Vol quartet of senior Celriece Law, freshmen Ashley Harris and Ellen Wortham, and junior Lynne Layne produced a readout of 44.89 seconds.

Individually, Layne made the final in the 100m dash, running 11.70 and finishing fifth in heat two and ninth fastest of the qualifiers. She will not run on Saturday, though, due to UT's travel plans. Also competing was Law in the 100m hurdles, finishing third in heat one and 16th overall in 13.70.

Tennessee will only have its 4x800m relay in action at Franklin Field on Saturday. The throwers, meanwhile, will be in action at the UCSD Triton Invitational in LaJolla, Calif., and pole vaulter Alicia Essex competes at the Western Kentucky Invitational in Bowling Green, Ky.

THURSDAY, APRIL 23 AT PENN RELAYS
EVENT (NCAA DIV. I QUALIFYING MARKS)
(3) Coll. 400mH (Regional: 1:00.82) 10:00 a.m.
33rd Ellen Wortham 1:03.45/5th, ht. 5
48th Amanda Alexander 1:04.73/8th, ht. 1
(12) 4x100m Relay Prelims (Regional: 45.70) 1:00 p.m.
Adv. Celriece Law/Ashley Harris 45.36#/2nd, ht. 4 (7th)
Ellen Wortham/Lynne Layne
(283) Coll. Long Jump (Regional: 19-8.25/6.00m) 4:00 p.m.
12th Lynne Layne 18-10.50/5.75m
19th Celriece Law 18-3/5.56mw
(60) Distance Medley Relay Champ. (Not An NCAA Event) 5:25 p.m.
1st Phoebe Wright/Kimarra McDonald 11:02.11
Chanelle Price/Sarah Bowman
(76) Coll. 5000m (Regional: 16:52.00) 8:30 p.m.
1st Jackie Areson 16:11.71!#
12th Katie Van Horn 16:37.79!#
THURSDAY, APRIL 23 AT PUMPING IRON DISCUS CLASSIC
EVENT (NCAA DIV. I QUALIFYING MARKS)
Discus A Flight (Regional: 155-2/47.30m) 5 p.m.
4th Annie Alexander 180-9/55.09m#
Discus B Flight (Regional: 155-2/47.30m) 5 p.m.
4th Akeela Bravo 140-5/42.80!#
FRIDAY, APRIL 24 AT PENN RELAYS
EVENT (NCAA DIV. I QUALIFYING MARKS)
(116) 4x100m Relay Champ. (Regional: 45.70) 1:10 p.m.
5th Celriece Law/Ashley Harris 44.89#
Ellen Wortham/Lynne Layne
(124) 4x1500m Relay Champ. (Not An NCAA Event) 1:30 p.m.
1st Chanelle Price/Phoebe Wright 17:08.34 wrarcrmrfs
Rolanda Bell/Sarah Bowman
(148) 100m Prelims (Regional: 11.75) 3:35 p.m.
Adv. Lynne Layne 11.70p# (w; 1.2)/5th, ht. 2 (9th)
(137) 100mH Prelims (Regional: 13.92) 3:40 p.m.
16th Celriece Law 13.70p# (w: 0.2)/3rd. ht. 1
FRIDAY, APRIL 24 AT UCSD TRITON INV.
EVENT (NCAA DIV. I QUALIFYING MARKS)
Inv. Hammer (Auto: 5,500; Prov: 5,050) 1 p.m.
23rd Akeela Bravo 156-7/47.74m!
27th Laquoya Kelly 151-1/46.06m
39th Holly Kane 125-9/38.33m
Inv. Discus (Regional: 155-2/47.30m) 5 p.m.
4th Annie Alexander 188-9/57.53m#
45th Akeela Bravo 124-4/37.91m
SATURDAY, APRIL 25 AT PENN RELAYS
EVENT (NCAA DIV. I QUALIFYING MARKS)
(231) 4x800m Relay Champ. (Not An NCAA Event) 2:00 p.m.
Sarah Bowman/Kimarra McDonald or Brittany Sheffey/Chanelle Price/Phoebe Wright
SATURDAY, APRIL 25 AT UCSD TRITON INV.
EVENT (NCAA DIV. I QUALIFYING MARKS)
Javelin (Regional: 142-6/43.45m) 12:30 p.m.
Holly Kane
Brittany Napoli
Inv. Shot Put (Regional: 46-11/14.30m) 6:00 p.m.
Annie Alexander
Laquoya Kelly
Open Shot Put (Regional: 46-11/14.30m) 7:30 p.m.
Akeela Bravo
SATURDAY, APRIL 25 AT WKU INV.
EVENT (NCAA DIV. I QUALIFYING MARKS)
Pole Vault (Regional: 12-7.50/3.85m) 11 a.m.
Alicia Essex
* All Times Eastern
KEY
# - NCAA Regional Qualifier, * - NCAA Automatic Qualifier, + - NCAA Provisional Qualifier, ! - Personal Record (Outdoors), ar - American Record, cr - College Record, 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, mr - Meet Record, nm - No Mark, p - Prelims, s - School Record (Outdoors), wr - World Record.

 

 

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