Dee Dee Trotter advanced to the semifinals of the USATF Outdoor Championships.
June 20, 2003
PALO ALTO, Calif.
It was a good day for the University of Tennessee women Thursday at the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships, as sophomores Nicole Cook and Dee Dee Trotter moved on to the semifinal round at Stanford University's Cobb Track & Angell Field.
Cook finished third in heat three of the 800 meters and recorded the day's fourth-fastest time with a 2:05.02 reading and earned a spot in Friday's 7:15 p.m. PT semifinal. Chantee Earl of Farm Team charted the top qualifying run, winning heat one in 2:04.26. Jearl Miles-Clark (New Balance) and Hazel Clark (Nike), wife and sister, respectively, of Lady Vol Head Coach J.J. Clark, also moved on to the next round, checking in with the number two and three efforts at 2:04.60 and 2:04.73.
In the 400 meters, Trotter advanced with a 52.63 trip around the oval to finish second in heat three. Her effort ranked behind the 52.15 of Nike's Demetria Washington and rated sixth in the first round. The NCAA runner-up in the quarter mile last weekend, Trotter will next compete at 8:05 p.m. PT on Friday in the semifinals.
"Nicole and Dee Dee both ran smart races and are showing a lot of poise, considering the level of competition," J.J. Clark said. "They are both gaining a vast amount of experience and will have to run solid races to make the finals. They are both sophomores, which allows them time to develop even more over the next couple of years."
Former Lady Vol Kelli White (Nike), who entered the meet with the top time in the 100 meters, rolled on to the semifinal round with an 11.00 clocking with an illegal wind of 3.1 at her back. That mark tied Torri Edwards (adidas) for first in heat one and tops among all qualifiers. They will run at 6:10 p.m. PT in the semifinals and then again at 7:40 p.m. PT in the finals, if they qualify.
In the discus, former Lady Vol standout Diane Slinden had to settle for 18th place with a throw of 162-6 on her first attempt. Ex-UT volunteer assistant coach Aretha Hill, however, uncorked a heave of 209-11 to claim the title. It marked the first USA championship for Hill, who represented her country at the 1996 Olympics.
For details on the USATF meet, go to http://www.usatf.org. For results, click on http://www.flashresults.com/2003_meets/outdoor/usaoutdoor.
|THURSDAY, JUNE 19|
|800m First Round 6:35 p.m. PT|
|Adv.||Nicole Cook||2:05.02p/3rd, ht. 1|
|400m First Round 7:15 p.m. PT|
|Adv.||Dee Dee Trotter||52.63p/2nd, ht. 3|
|FRIDAY, JUNE 20|
|800m Semifinals 7:15 p.m. PT|
|400m Semifinals 8:05 p.m. PT|
|Dee Dee Trotter|
|SATURDAY, JUNE 21|
|400m Finals 1:32 p.m. PT|
|Dee Dee Trotter|
|SUNDAY, JUNE 22|
|800m Finals 1:32 p.m. PT|
1 - SC Standard For 10-Foot Pit
2 - SC Standard For 12-Foot Pit
DNF - Did Not Finish
DNQ - Did Not Qualify
DNR - Did Not Run
DNS - Did Not Start
f - Facility Record
h - Hand Times
NH - No Height
NM - No Mark
p - Prelims
sr - School Record (Outdoors)
w - Wind-Aided
# - NCAA Regional Qualifier
* - NCAA Automatic Qualifier
+ - NCAA Provisional Qualifier
! - Personal Record (Outdoors)