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TENNESSEE'S COOK, TROTTER MOVE ON TO FINALS AT USATF CHAMPIONSHIPS
Dee Dee Trotter moved on to the finals at the USATF Championships.

Dee Dee Trotter moved on to the finals at the USATF Championships.

June 20, 2003

PALO ALTO, Calif.

University of Tennessee sophomores Nicole Cook and Dee Dee Trotter have proven themselves to be among the best in the United States at their respective events. The youthful Lady Vol duo advanced to the finals Friday night at the USA Track & Field Championships at Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field.

Cook moved on to the championship race of the 800 meters, taking fourth in heat one of the semifinals and finishing seventh fastest among the qualifiers in 2:05.76. She will compete at 1:32 p.m. Pacific Time on Sunday in the finals. The Petersburg, Va., native will be joined in the finals by Jearl Miles-Clark and Hazel Clark, wife and sister of UT Head Coach J.J. Clark. Jearl charted the best qualifying mark thus far, finishing first in heat two in 2:03.23, while Hazel was second in heat one at 2:04.60 and fifth overall.

Trotter, meanwhile rolled to a 52.57 reading in the 400 meters, earning a spot in the finals at 1:32 p.m. PT on Saturday. The Decatur, Ga., product finished third in heat two and was fifth quickest in the semifinal round. The Texas duo of Sanya Richards (51.74) and Moushami Robinson (52.35) crossed the line ahead of the Big Orange standout in section two.

"It is a great day for the Lady Vol program having two sophomores make the finals of the USA Championships," Clark said. "They will both have the opportunity to make the World Championship team. They have done an excellent job, and I expect the same kind of intensity Saturday that they have shown all year."

In the 100-meter dash finals, former Lady Vol Kelli White took advantage of Marion Jones' absence due to pregnancy, ascending to the straight-sprint throne in a career-best 10.93. That mark broke her previous personal-best effort of 10.96 at the Prefontaine Classic a couple of weeks ago. Running into a head wind of -1.1 meters per second, White finished well ahead of Torri Edwards (11.13) and Gail Devers (11.16) to earn her first U.S. outdoor championship. White will return to action on Saturday, competing in the 200-meter dash opening round at 3:45 p.m. PT.

 

 

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 Cook2:05.02p/3rd, ht. 1
400m First Round 7:15 p.m. PT
Adv.Dee Dee Trotter52.63p/2nd, ht. 3
FRIDAY, JUNE 20
800m Semifinals 7:15 p.m. PT
Adv.Nicole Cook2:05.76p/4th, ht. 1
400m Semifinals 8:05 p.m. PT
Adv.Dee Dee Trotter52.57p/3rd, ht. 2
SATURDAY, JUNE 21
400m Finals 1:32 p.m. PT
Dee Dee Trotter
SUNDAY, JUNE 22
800m Finals 1:32 p.m. PT
Nicole Cook

KEY

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)

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