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Essex Second in Vault to lead No. 2 UT



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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Alicia Essex’s runner-up finish in the pole vault was the top performance Friday night for the second-ranked University of Tennessee women’s track & field team, as the Lady Vols enjoyed a very light schedule on the first day of the Rod McCravy Memorial at Kentucky’s Nutter Field House.

Essex, from Purcellville, Va., cleared the second-best height of her career, 12 feet, 7 1/2 inches, on her second attempt to finish behind only Florida’s Lori Bowen. The Gator vaulter also cleared the same measurement, doing so on her first try to give her what proved to be the winning edge. The SEC rivals each missed on their three stabs at an NCAA provisional height of 12-11 1/2. They now are tied for the fourth-best clearance this season among league vaulters.

Two other Lady Vols also were in action in the pole vault. Sophomores Katie O’Connell (Collierville, Tenn.) and Jennifer Lewellen (Kernersville, N.C.) placed 14th and 15th, respectively, with clearances of 10-8 and 10-2. O’Connell’s effort was a personal best, improving upon her previous indoor PR of 10 feet even.

In the weight throw, senior Shanna Dickenson (Cincinnati, Ohio) was Tennessee’s top finisher, winding up fourth at 60-8 3/4. Freshman Taylor Rotella (Knoxville, Tenn.) also was in action, placing 21st at 41-4 1/2. Freshman Annie Alexander (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago) had been listed as an entrant in the weight throw, as well as in the indoor discus competition along with Dickenson and senior Amara McKell (Nashville, Tenn.), but they were scratched from those events and will focus all of their energy on Saturday’s shot put at 10:30 a.m.

On day two, J.J. Clark’s squad will have athletes competing in nine other events, as well, starting at 10:30 a.m. and concluding around 5 p.m. In addition to the shot, those events include the long jump, 60m hurdles, 60m dash, mile run, 400m dash, 800m run, 200m dash, 3000m run and 4x400m relay. Among the teams on hand are No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 10 South Carolina, No. 11 Florida and a host of others.

FRIDAY, FEB. 1
EVENT (NCAA DIV. I QUALIFYING MARKS) 
Wt. Throw (Auto: 21.00, Prov: 18.75) 6:00 p.m.
4thShanna Dickenson60-8.75/18.51m
21stTaylor Rotella41-4.50/12.61m
Pole Vault (Auto: 4.20, Prov: 3.95) 6:00 p.m.
2ndAlicia Essex12-7.50/3.85m
14thKatie O’Connell10-8/3.25m!
15thJennifer Lewellen10-2/3.10m
SATURDAY, FEB. 2 
EVENT (NCAA DIV. I QUALIFYING MARKS) 
Shot Put (Auto: 16.90, Prov: 15.20) 10:30 a.m. 
Annie Alexander
Shanna Dickenson
Amara McKell
Long Jump (Auto: 6.35, Prov: 6.10) 10:30 a.m.
Lynne Layne
Celriece Law
60mH Prelims (Auto: 8.14; Prov: 8.43) 12:30 p.m.
Celriece Law
Leigh Ann Burton
60m Prelims (Auto: 7.26; Prov: 7.44) 12:50 p.m.
Cleo Tyson
Lynne Layne
Jeneba Tarmoh
LaTonya Loche
Janea Grimes
Leigh Ann Burton
Mile (Auto: 4:40.00; Prov: 4:48.00)^ 1:15 p.m.
Sarah Bowman
Brittany Sheffey
Rolanda Bell
Katie Van Horn
60mH Final (Auto: 8.14; Prov: 8.43) 1:55 p.m.
Celriece Law?
Leigh Ann Burton?
60m Final (Auto: 7.26; Prov: 7.44) 2:00 p.m.
Cleo Tyson?
Lynne Layne?
Jeneba Tarmoh?
LaTonya Loche?
Leigh Ann Burton?
Janea Grimes?
400m (Auto: 52.40, Prov: 54.40)^ 2:15 p.m.
Kimarra McDonald
Phoebe Wright
Alyssa Bryant
Kim White
Tyler Barnes
800m (Auto: 2:05.00, Prov: 2:09.00)^ 3:00 p.m.
Sarah Bowman
Brittany Sheffey
Rolanda Bell
Katie Van Horn
Tyler Barnes
Jena’ Murphy
Kim White
200m (Auto: 23.20, Prov: 23.90)^ 3:35 p.m.
LaTonya Loche
Jeneba Tarmoh
Cleo Tyson
Celriece Law
Kimarra McDonald
Phoebe Wright
Janea Grimes
Leigh Ann Burton
Jena’ Murphy
Kim White
3000m (Auto: 9:15.00, Prov: 9:34.00)^ 4:15 p.m.
Katie Van Horn
4x400mR (Auto: 3:33.00, Prov: 3:40.00)^ 4:50 p.m.
Lineups TBA
KEY
b - Banked Track Qualifying Standard, dnf - Did Not Finish, dnr - Did Not Run, f - Facility Record, fts - Flat Track Qualifying Standard, m - Meters, mr - meet Record, nm - No Mark Recorded, p - Prelims, s - School Record (Indoors), u - Undersized Track Qualifying Standard, * - NCAA Automatic Qualifier, + - NCAA Provisional Qualifier, ! - Personal Record (Indoors), ^ - Oversized Track Qualifying Standard


 

 

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