May 1, 2004
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tianna Madison took first in the long jump and Elizabeth McCalley set a meet record in the 3000-meter steeplechase, as the University of Tennessee women began the first day of the Gatorade Classic in positive fashion Saturday evening at Tom Black Track.
Madison, who ranks fourth on the NCAA national list in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, nine-and-one-quarter inches at last Sunday's Knoxville Invitational, took aim at improving on that wind-aided effort. The freshman from Elyria, Ohio, was unable to do so, but she still managed to win with a respectable effort of 20 feet, three inches. Her mark of record came on her third jump, and it was the third time in five outdoor meets this season the rookie took first and the fourth time she charted a jump above the NCAA regional qualifying standard.
"We got this meet started in a positive fashion, and hopefully there will be a lot more of that tomorrow," UT Head Coach J.J. Clark said. "We're pleased with the progress Tianna is making and happy to see her consistently hitting 20-foot-plus jumps. We certainly look for her to go much farther than that in the future."
Clark was especially pleased with McCalley, the junior from Knoxville's Karns High School. Without anyone challenging her, McCalley won the steeplechase in a time of 10:47.08, a mark that replaced the 2002 Gatorade Classic record of 11:14.04 by Vanderbilt's Kylene Kownurko. McCalley also came close to surpassing her week-old school record of 10:46.99. Auburn's Kylee Swanson was a distant second in 11:12.58.
"I was impressed to see Elizabeth clock a 10:47 while basically running alone," Clark said. "Without someone challenging her, it was a really good effort."
Junior Sara Vigil (Tucson, Ariz.) began the meet by taking third in the hammer throw with a season-best heave of 162 feet, 10 inches. Some technical adjustments that throws coach Cathrine Erickson had initiated apparently paid off, as Vigil posted five measurements during her series that bettered any previous mark she had recorded in 2004. Auburn's Ronda Gullatte won the competition with a regional-qualifying fling of 178-9.
"It was very nice to see Sara throw better today than she had all season," Clark said. "She has put herself in a position to hit a regional qualifying mark, and we look for her to do just that."
Sunday's full slate of action gets underway at 1:30 p.m. with the 4x100m relay and is expected to conclude around 5:45 p.m. with the 4x400m relay.
SATURDAY, MAY 1 AT THE GATORADE CLASSIC (WOMEN'S EVENTS/LADY VOL ENTRIES)
EVENT (NCAA DIV. I QUALIFYING MARKS) Hammer Throw (Regional: 173-4/52.84m) 4:10 p.m. 3rd Sara Vigil 162-10/49.64m
3000mSC (Regional: 10:57.18) 7:50 p.m. 1st Elizabeth McCalley 10:47.08#mr
SUNDAY, MAY 2 AT THE GATORADE CLASSIC (WOMEN'S EVENTS/LADY VOL ENTRIES)
EVENT (NCAA DIV. I QUALIFYING MARKS) 4x100m Relay (Regional: 45.80) 1:30 p.m. Tianna Madison/Toyin Olupona Dee Dee Trotter/Leslie Treherne
Discus (Regional: 152-10/46.58m) 1:40 p.m. No Lady Vols Entered
Triple Jump (Regional: 40-2.75/12.26m) 2:45 p.m. Edra Finley
400mH (Regional: 60.82) 4:15 p.m. No Lady Vols Entered
4x400mR (Regional: 3:43.03) 5:35 p.m. Lineup TBA