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UT'S MADISON SOARS TO LONG JUMP CROWN AT SEC TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Tianna Madison

Tianna Madison

May 14, 2005

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- World-leader Tianna Madison soared to victory in the women's long jump with the longest mark in meet history Saturday, and Elizabeth McCalley broke her own school record en route to a second-place outcome in the 3000m steeplechase, headlining Tennessee's third day at the 2005 Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Bolstered by those performances and a seventh-place outing in the discus throw by Ariel Brooks, Tennessee stands third with 32 points heading into the final day. Arkansas moved out front with 52.20 points, followed by Georgia with 46.20. UT is trailed by Auburn (31), LSU (22), Alabama (21), South Carolina (20.20), Florida (18), Ole Miss (12.40), Mississippi State (9), Vanderbilt (5) and Kentucky (4).

Like she did when she claimed the SEC Indoor title earlier this season, Madison seized victory when she unleashed the best jump of her career on her very first attempt of the competition. The Elyria, Ohio, product's measurement of 22 feet, 8 1/2 inches (6.92m) easily bested the 21-4.75 effort of runner-up Tina Harris of LSU and gave her the first indoor/outdoor sweeps of SEC long jump titles in Lady Vol history. It also replaced a 1993 jump of 22-6 1/4 by LSU's Daphnie Saunders as the farthest in the 25-year women's history of SEC Outdoor Championships.

The sophomore's mark, which came as a storm front was moving its way through the area, is not eligible to stand as the world-leading mark or the conference and school records due to a slightly illegal wind gust of 2.2 meters per second. It is, however, the best jump ever produced by a UT woman and the best leap in the world in 2005, wind-aided or not. Additionally, Madison became the third Lady Vol to win an SEC Outdoor long jump title. She joins Sharrieffa Barksdale (1981, 1983) and Dedra Davis (1994) as Big Orange SEC Outdoor long jump champions.

 

 

Madison, who also sailed to 22-3.25/6.79m and 21-7.75/6.60m in the prelims, chose to stand pat and not take her jumps in the finals. It proved to be a wise move, as thunderstorms interrupted the competition and delayed the conclusion of the event by more than four hours. While Madison was back at the hotel resting for her later race in the 100-meter dash, Harris came up with the second-place jump. By that point, with the storm front out of the area, Harris's jump came under calm conditions and was long enough and legal to stand, ironically, as a Vanderbilt Track Complex record.

"It was very good to see Tianna come through with the win and continue to show consistency," UT Head Coach J.J. Clark said. "She had a step problem, and Coach (Caryl Smith) Gilbert got her outside Monday and worked on that. Coach (Charlie) Simpkins got her landing together, and now she's producing big marks."

"To be the only Lady Vol to ever sweep indoors and outdoors at the conference meet is a tremendous accomplishment. Tianna is going to be in some nice company as she continues to perform well during the coming years."

McCalley closed the evening by supplying Team Orange eight more points. She did so by erasing her previous UT best of 10:36.39, set at this meet a year ago, by taking second in a field of 15 in a time of 10:27.65. The senior from Knoxville finished two seconds behind Maureen Scott of Arkansas, who triumphed in 10:27.29. McCalley's teammate, junior Carly Matthews (Winston-Salem, N.C.), managed a 10th-place performance in only her second career steeplechase. Her time was 11:12.29.

Brooks chipped in the other two points on Saturday, as the junior from Miami, Fla., wound up seventh in the discus with a heave of 154-2/46.98m. Freshman Shanna Dickenson (Cincinnati, Ohio) was 11th at 148-8/45.31m., junior April Thomas (Albany, Ga.) was 13th at 142-9/43.52m and freshman Amara McKell (Nashville, Tenn.) was 17th with a career best of 135-5/41.28m.

Tennessee competed in three preliminary events on Saturday and advanced five more athletes to the finals on Sunday.

In the 1500 meters, two Lady Vols who missed the 800m cut on Friday night found redemption on Saturday evening. Junior Brooke Novak (Kaukauna, Wis.) and sophomore Mindy Sullivan (Lubbock, Texas) both automatically moved on to Sunday's final by finishing among the top three in their respective heats. Novak won heat three and led all qualifiers with a 4:27.74 readout, while Sullivan took second in heat one in 4:35.48. Novak was fifth in this meet as a freshman and third as a sophomore, while Sullivan will run in her first SEC Outdoor final.

Freshman Cleo Tyson (Huntsville, Texas) and senior Toyin Olupona (Orillia, Ontario, Canada) earned lanes in the 100-meter dash finals, while Madison was one spot off the cut and freshman Courtney Champion (Lawrenceville, Ga.) joined her in missing advancement. Tyson moved on with a career best of 11.38, while Olupona clocked in at 11.51. Madison and Champion, meanwhile, posted times of 11.63 and 11.82, respectively.

In the final prelim, junior Patricia Hall (St. Ann, Jamaica) found a way to run on Sunday, logging a 53.82 output in the 400 meters. Freshman LaTonya Loche (Bastrop, La.) was not quite as fortunate, as her outdoor personal best of 54.57 left her 10th and missing the finals cut by two.

Tennessee will begin action at 3 p.m. Central Time on Sunday, as Pearl-Cohn product McKell throws the javelin. The Lady Vols' potential will rest on 24 athletes competing in 12 different events.

THURSDAY, MAY 12 AT THE SEC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Heptathlon (Auto: 5,500, Prov: 5,000) 4 p.m. CT
5thCaitlin Ward3168!/First Day Score
(100mH: 9th/15.02!/w: -0.5/839; HJ: 9th/5-4.25/1.63m/771;
SP: 4th/37-10/11.53m/630; 200m: 3rd/24.56/w: 0.4/928)
FRIDAY, MAY 13 AT THE SEC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Hammer Throw (Regional: 177-8/54.15m) 1 p.m. CT
8th (1 pt.)Ariel Brooks183-9/56.01m#
17thApril Thomas167-1/50.94m!
21stShanna Dickenson149-3/45.50m
Heptathlon (Auto: 5,500, Prov: 5,000) 4 p.m. CT
4th (5 pts.)Caitlin Ward5108!+/Final Score
(LJ: 10th/17-4.25/5.29m/w: 0.4/640; JT: 9th/93-8!/28.54m/449; 800m: 1st/2:18.01!/851)
800m Pre. (Regional: 2:09.80) 7:15 p.m. CT
Adv.Nicole Cook2:06.34p#/2nd, ht. 3
Adv.Antoinette Gorham2:07.72p!#/2nd, ht. 4
18thRobin Mortel2:12.19p
20thMindy Sullivan2:12.74p
23rdBrooke Novak2:15.34p
200m Pre. (Regional: 23.96) 7:50 p.m. CT
Adv.Cleo Tyson23.31p!#/1st, ht. 4 (w:0.4)
Tianna Madison23.68p#/2nd, ht. 1 (w:0.9)
Courtney Champion24.10/3rd, ht. 1 (w:0.9)
LaTonya Loche24.16/3rd., ht. 4 (w:0.4)
400mH Pre. (Regional: 60.82) 8:35 p.m. CT
Adv.Patricia Hall61.17p/3rd, ht. 2
Caitlin Ward67.47p!/4th, ht. 2
10,000m Fin. (Auto: 34:10.00, Prov: 35:15.00) 9:30 p.m. CT
3rd (6 pts.)Felicia Guliford34:44.97!+
10thKatie Flaute37:01.17
SATURDAY, MAY 14 AT THE SEC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Long Jump (Regional: 19-6.25/5.95m) 1 p.m. CT
1st (10 pts.)Tianna Madison22-8.50/6.92m#
Discus (Regional: 155-2/47.30m) 5 p.m. CT
7th (2 pts.)Ariel Brooks154-2/46.98m
11thShanna Dickenson148-8/45.31m
13thApril Thomas142-9/43.52m
17thAmara McKell135-5/41.28m!
1500m Pre. (Regional: 4:27.80) 7:15 p.m. CT
Adv.Brooke Novak4:27.74p#/1st, ht. 3
Adv.Mindy Sullivan4:35.48p/2nd, ht. 1
400m Pre. (Regional: 54.61) 8:20 p.m. CT
Adv.Patricia Hall53.81p#
10thLaTonya Loche54.57p!#
100m Pre. (Regional: 11.75) 8:55 p.m. CT
Adv.Cleo Tyson11.38p!# (w: 0.0)
Adv.Toyin Olupona11.51p# (w: 0.0)
9thTianna Madison11.63p# (w: 0.0)
15thCourtney Champion11.82p (w: 0.0)
3000mSC Fin. (Regional: 10:52.10) 9:30 p.m. CT
2nd (8 pts.) Elizabeth McCalley10:27.65!#s
10thCarly Matthews11:12.29
SUNDAY, MAY 15 AT THE SEC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Javelin (Regional: 141-7/43.15m) 3 p.m. CT
Amara McKell
Pole Vault (Regional: 12-5.50/3.80m) 5 p.m. CT
Jessica Reust
Kendra Rhyne
Jessica Andrews
4x100m Relay (Regional: 45.80) 6:10 p.m. CT
Lady Vol Lineup TBA (CC/LL/TM/TO/CT)
1500m Fin. (Regional: 4:27.80) 6:30 p.m. CT
Brooke Novak
Mindy Sullivan
Shot Put (Regional: 46-11/14.30m) 7 p.m. CT
April Thomas
Ariel Brooks
Amara McKell
Shanna Dickenson
400m Fin. (Regional: 54.61) 7:10 p.m. CT
Patricia Hall
100m Fin. (Regional: 11.75) 7:30 p.m. CT
Cleo Tyson
Toyin Olupona
800m Fin.(Regional: 2:09.80) 7:50 p.m. CT
Nicole Cook
Antoinette Gorham
400mH Fin. (Regional: 60.82) 8:15 p.m. CT
Patricia Hall
200m Fin. (Regional: 23.96) 8:35 p.m. CT
Cleo Tyson
5000m Fin. (Regional: 16:52.00)) 9:05 p.m. CT
Felicia Guliford
Katie Flaute
Brooke Novak
Elizabeth McCalley
Carly Matthews
4x400mR (Regional: 3:42.00) 9:35 p.m. CT
Lady Vol Lineup TBA (CC/AG/PH/LL/TM/TO)

KEY
# - NCAA Regional Qualifier, * - NCAA Automatic Qualifier, + - NCAA Provisional Qualifier, ! - Personal Record (Outdoors), cr - Collegiate 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, m - Meet Record, nm - No Mark, p - Prelims, s - School Record (Outdoors), w - Wind-Aided

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