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UT ROOKIE TYSON STREAKS TO RUNNER-UP FINISH IN NCAA 100-METER DASH FINALS
Cleo Tyson

Cleo Tyson

June 11, 2005

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Freshman Cleo Tyson rolled to a second-place finish in the 100-meter dash final and anchored the 4x100-meter relay team to third in a school-record time Friday, as the University of Tennessee women ended day three with 28 points and stood in second place behind Texas at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Tyson, from Huntsville, Texas, became the best Lady Vol finisher ever in the NCAA 100 meters, legging out an 11.29 readout to cross the line behind only Marshevet Hooker of Texas (11.16) at California State University, Sacramento's Hornet Stadium. The only other UT woman to register a top-three effort in NCAA Outdoor 100m dash history was 1984 Olympic gold-medalist Benita Fitzgerald, who took third at the national meet back in 1982.

"Cleo is running very well," UT Head Coach J.J. Clark said. "For a freshman to come in and do what she is doing is fantastic. She still has some running to do, but she has stepped to the plate.

"The NCAA is a very tough competition, so, if you can run here you are going to be world class. That's what she is showing as a freshman."

Senior Toyin Olupona, meanwhile, closed out her highly-successful collegiate career with a fifth-place outcome in the 100 meters. The product of Orillia, Ontario, Canada, produced an 11.41 output that helped her squad tally 12 points in that event. The All- America result for the two-time NCAA Indoor 60m dash runner-up was also the best NCAA Outdoor showing of Olupona's career, easily besting a 21st-place readout of 11.56 a year ago.

"Toyin's come a long way," Clark said. "She's never made it to the finals, and she could have a big future ahead of her if she chooses."

After eight events scored, Texas is setting the tone in the team scoring with 31, followed by UT, Southern California (18), UCLA (16) and Colorado (14) rounding out the top five. Alabama (13), Florida (11), BYU (11), Butler (10) and Air Force (10) close out the top 10.

 

 

Tennessee began the day in very impressive fashion, zipping to a school record for the second time this season to snag third place and post the highest placing by a UT 4x1 in eight years. The quartet of sophomore Tianna Madison (Elyria, Ohio), freshman Courtney Champion (Lawrenceville, Ga.), Olupona and Tyson circled the track in a very swift time of 43.18 to finish behind Texas (42.87) and South Carolina (43.00) and toss a valuable six points into the Big Orange account.

The Lady Vol readout toppled the previous school mark of 43.58, which the same foursome produced in a second-place outcome at the Penn Relays back in late April. The bronze effort equaled the third-place NCAA performance of Anissa Campbell, Saidah Jones, Heather Sumpter and Kelli White at Bloomington, Ind., in 1997.

"I was proud of what the relay team did," Clark said. "They scored a big six points and got the school record. We believe they are a little better, but we're going to take those points right now and the school record."

In the 400-meter semifinals, freshman LaTonya Loche (Bastrop, La.) and junior Patricia Hall (St. Ann, Jamaica) were unable to continue their competitive journey in Sacramento. Loche, who was sixth in heat two, finished 11th overall with a 53.13 report that mirrored Wednesday's run in the prelims. As one of the top eight finishers from the U.S., however, Loche was bestowed All-America acclaim. Hall, meanwhile, concluded her individual season with a seventh-place mark of 53.32 in heat one that was good for 14th overall.

"I'm a little disappointed in the 400-meter runners," Clark said. "They didn't deliver to our expectations. The meet goes on, and we look forward to the 200, 5000 and 4x4 tomorrow.

"We just need to keep running hard until the meet is over. Right now we're second, but South Carolina has big points coming, and Texas is three points ahead. All we can do is keep running hard and don't quit."

Tennessee will have three events on which to capitalize Saturday, as the Lady Vols feature Tyson in the 200-meter dash final at 7:20 p.m. PT (10:20 p.m. ET), junior Felicia Guliford (Gallup, N.M.) in the 5000-meter run final at 8:10 p.m. PT (11:10 p.m. ET) and the 4x400-meter relay at 8:45 p.m. PT (11:45 p.m. ET).

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8 AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
EVENT (NCAA DIV. I QUALIFYING MARKS)
4x100m Relay Pre. (Regional: 45.80) 4:00 p.m. PT
Adv. Tianna Madison/Courtney Champion/Toyin Olupona/Cleo Tyson 43.75p/1st, ht. 2
800m Pre. (Regional: 2:09.80) 4:35 p.m. PT
Adv. Antoinette Gorham 2:06.26p/5th, ht. 1
100m Pre. (Regional: 11.75) 5:55 p.m. PT
Adv. Cleo Tyson 11.33p/1st, ht. 1(w:-0.3)
Adv. Toyin Olupona 11.44p/2nd, ht. 1(w:-0.3)
400m Pre. (Regional: 54.61) 6:25 p.m. PT
Adv. Patricia Hall 53.48p/2nd, ht. 5
Adv. LaTonya Loche 53.13p/3rd, ht. 3
Long Jump Qual. (Regional: 19-6.25/5.95m) 7:15 p.m. PT
Adv. Tianna Madison 22-0.25/6.71mp (w: 2.1)/1st, ht 2
100m Semis (Regional: 11.75) 7:25 p.m. PT
Adv. Cleo Tyson 11.42p/1st, ht. 1(w: -0.4)
Adv. Toyin Olupona 11.42p/2nd, ht. 1(w: -0.4)
5000m Pre. (Regional: 16:52.00)) 9:40 p.m. PT
Adv. Felicia Guliford 16:26.48/7th, ht. 2
THURSDAY, JUNE 9 AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
EVENT (NCAA DIV. I QUALIFYING MARKS)
Hammer Throw Qual. (Regional: 177-8/54.15m) 1:00 p.m. PT
18th Ariel Brooks 185-1/56.43mp/5th, Flt. 1
200m Pre. (Regional: 23.96) 5:30 p.m. PT
Adv. Cleo Tyson 23.35p/2nd, ht. 2 (w: 0.4)
800m Semis. (Regional: 2:09.80) 6:45 p.m. PT
12th Antoinette Gorham 2:06.06p/6th, ht. 1
200m Semis. (Regional: 23.96) 7:20 p.m. PT
Adv. Cleo Tyson 23.06p/3rd, ht. 2 (w: 0.2)
Shot Put Qual. (Regional: 46-11/14.30m) 8:30 p.m. PT
24th April Thomas 48-4.75/14.75m/
4x400mR Pre. (Regional: 3:42.00) 9:00 p.m. PT
Adv. LaTonya Loche/Patricia Hall/Courtney Champion/Antoinette Gorham 3:30.23p/2nd, ht. 3
Long Jump Fin. (Regional: 19-6.25/5.95m) 9:00 p.m. PT
1st (10 pts.) Tianna Madison 21-10.25/6.66m (w: 1.1)
FRIDAY, JUNE 10 AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
EVENT (NCAA DIV. I QUALIFYING MARKS)
4x100m Relay Fin. (Regional: 45.80) 6:40 p.m. PT
3rd (6 pts.) Tianna Madison/Courtney Champion/Toyin Olupona/Cleo Tyson 43.18s
400m Semis. (Regional: 54.61) 7:40 p.m. PT
11th LaTonya Loche 53.13p/6th, ht. 2
14th Patricia Hall 53.32p/7th, ht. 1
100m Fin. (Regional: 11.75) 8:30 p.m. PT
2nd (8 pts.) Cleo Tyson 11.29
5th (4 pts.) Toyin Olupona 11.41
SATURDAY, JUNE 11 AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
EVENT (NCAA DIV. I QUALIFYING MARKS)
200m Fin. Regional: 23.96) 7:20 p.m. PT
Cleo Tyson
5000m Fin. (Regional: 16:52.00)) 8:10 p.m. PT
Felicia Guliford
4x400mR Fin. (Regional: 3:42.00) 8:45 p.m. PT
LaTonya Loche/Patricia Hall/Courtney Champion/Antoinette Gorham
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