June 25, 2005
CARSON, Calif. -- University of Tennessee freshman sprinter Cleo Tyson won her second junior national title in as many days, and sophomore Tianna Madison finished second in the senior division of the long jump late Friday night at the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships. Because of those showings, both have earned the right to represent their country later this summer in international competition.
After winning a junior national championship in the 100-meter dash Thursday night at the Home Depot Center, Tyson came back on Friday to impressively secure the 200-meter title. After leading all competitors with a 23.43 reading in the preliminary round, the Huntsville, Texas, native cruised to a 22.93 performance in the final to edge Alexandria Anderson of Firestarters Track Club (22.96) for top honors. Tyson has now qualified to compete in both sprint events at the Pan American Junior Athletics Championships in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, on July 28-31.
Madison, meanwhile, tied Nike's Grace Upshaw with a best jump of 21 feet, 11 3/4 inches, but the UT indoor and outdoor record-holder was relegated to second-place and suffered her first defeat of the 2005 outdoor campaign. Upshaw's second-best jump was an inch farther, so she was awarded victory. Both athletes, however, earned the honor of representing the United States at the IAAF World Championships, which will be contested Aug. 6-14 in Helsinki, Finland.
A native of Elyria, Ohio, Madison nearly missed out on the international opportunity. The NCAA Indoor and Outdoor champion in 2005 and the current U.S. leader sailed to her best measurement on her final attempt of the competition to match Upshaw, a veteran of the 2004 Olympiad in Athens, Greece. If not for that clutch effort, Madison would have finished in fifth and out of contention for a spot on the U.S. squad.
A pair of former Lady Vols put themselves in position for trips to the World Championships. Dee Dee Trotter, a 2004 Olympic gold medalist in the 4x400m relay, won heat one of the 400-meter dash semifinals Friday night in 51.18. She will enter Saturday's 5:02 p.m. Eastern Time final with the second-best qualifying time behind heat one winner Sanya Richards of Nike (51.09).
In the 800-meter semifinals, meanwhile, Lady Vol senior Antoinette Gorham (Glenarden, Md.) saw her season come to a close. Her 2:08.75 readout placed her 13th. Ex-UT All-American Kameisha Bennett, though, moved into Sunday's 5:07 p.m. ET money race with a 2:03.16 mark that was second in heat one and second overall. Bennett will be joined by Hazel Clark and Jearl Miles-Clark, sister and wife of UT Head Coach J.J. Clark. Hazel charted the fastest qualifier at 2:02.74, while Jearl was fifth-best of the qualifiers at 2:04.42.
|THURSDAY, JUNE 23 AT THE USATF OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS|
|Junior Discus Throw Final||5:15 p.m. ET|
|1st Shanna Dickenson#||176-2/53.70m!|
|Junior 100m Dash Prelims||5:30 p.m. ET|
|Adv. Cleo Tyson#||11.45p (w: -0.2)/1st, ht. 2|
|400m Dash 1st Round||7:00 p.m. ET|
|Adv. Dee Dee Trotter$||51.81p/1st, ht. 3|
|800m Run 1st Round||7:40 p.m. ET|
|Adv. Antoinette Gorham#||1st Rd. Cancelled|
|Adv. Kameisha Bennett$||1st Rd. Cancelled|
|Junior 100m Dash Final||9:40 p.m. ET|
|1st Cleo Tyson#||11.44 (w: -1.1)|
|5000m Run Final||10:15 p.m. ET|
|14th Sharon Dickie$||16:18.17|
|FRIDAY, JUNE 24 AT THE USATF OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS|
|Junior 200m Dash Prelims||5:40 p.m. ET|
|Adv. Cleo Tyson#||23.43p (w:0.5)/1st, ht 2|
|Long Jump Final||8:10 p.m. ET|
|2nd Tianna Madison#||21-11.75/6.70m (w: 0.5)|
|400m Dash Semifinals||10:00 p.m. ET|
|Adv. Dee Dee Trotter$||51.18p/1st, ht 1|
|800m Run Semifinals||10:20 p.m. ET|
|Adv. Kameisha Bennett$||2:03.16p/2nd, ht 1|
|13th Antoinette Gorham#||2:08.75p/7th, ht 2|
|Junior 200m Dash Final||10:50 p.m. ET|
|1st Cleo Tyson#||22.93 (w: 0.6)|
|SATURDAY, JUNE 25 AT THE USATF OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS|
|Visa 400m Dash Final||5:02 p.m. ET|
|Dee Dee Trotter$|
|SUNDAY, JUNE 26 AT THE USATF OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS|
|800m Run Final||5:07 p.m. ET|
|# - Denotes Current Lady Vols|
$ - Denotes Former Lady Vols