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SEC Selects Alexander for Frosh Honors

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- University of Tennessee freshman thrower Annie Alexander is quickly making a name for herself, and for the third time this season she has been recognized for her prowess in the shot put by being named the Southeastern Conference Female Freshman of the Week.

Alexander, from Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, received the distinction after unleashing a near-school-record and near-NCAA automatic qualifying effort at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet in Blacksburg, Va., on Feb. 9.  Her throw of 55 feet, 5 inches, which came on her final attempt of the competition, was the best toss by a Lady Vol in the shot put in 26 years and vaulted her ranking to No.1 in the SEC and No. 3 in the NCAA this season.

With that measurement, which ranks number two all-time in UT history, Alexander notched an NCAA provisional mark that was only a half inch off the automatic standard of 55-5 1/2, and she came up just 2 3/4 inches shy of matching Rose Hauch’s Lady Vol best of 55-7 3/4, charted, ironically enough, in Blacksburg back on Jan. 29, 1982.

Furthermore, three of Alexander’s tosses during her series of six attempts at Virginia Tech were among the top 10 all-time best marks in the shot put by a UT woman.  Those measurements included 53-9 1/4 on her second attempt, 54-5 1/4 on her fifth try and 55-5 on her final effort.  They enabled her to finish as the top collegian and second overall behind professional thrower Cleopatra Borel, also of Trinidad & Tobago, with an effort of 59-11.

The SEC rookie of the week award is the third this season for Alexander. She also was bestowed the distinction on Jan. 15 and Jan. 29 after performances at the Kentucky Invitational and the Penn State National Open.  The Lady Vol standout won the shot at both of those meets and also has an indoor discus victory to her credit at the Ky. Invite.

Alexander and her teammates will return to action on Friday and Saturday, as they travel to Fayetteville, Ark., to compete in the Tyson Invitational at the Randal Tyson Track Center and Walker Pavilion on the campus of the University of Arkansas.



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