March 3, 2009
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee's third Southeastern Conference Women's Indoor Track & Field title in five years, as well as Lady Vol event championships in five events, will be among the highlights Sunday, March 8, as FOX Sports Net South presents a recap of the 2009 league indoor meet at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
The FOX SNS broadcast team of Bernie Guenther, Missy Kane and Courtney Jones will provide play-by-play, color analysis and feature stories from the SEC competition, which was held at the University of Kentucky's Nutter Field House in Lexington on Feb. 28-March 1. During that meet, seventh-year UT Head Coach J.J. Clark's squad, ranked second in the nation this season, walked away with the program's fourth victory since 1984, the inaugural year of that event. UT was crowned champion in 1984, 2005, 2007 and 2009.
Among the victors for Tennessee was senior Sarah Bowman (Warrenton, Va.), who won the mile and 3000 meters for the third straight season. She also anchored the Lady Vols to a win for the third year in a row in the distance medley relay (DMR). None of those three-peats, much less the combination of them, had ever been accomplished by a woman during the history of the SEC Indoor meet, until Bowman did it. For her official count of 22.50 points, she was named the winner of the Cliff Harper Trophy, which goes to the women's high-point scorer at the meet.
Other champions included senior Celriece Law (Denver, Colo.) in the 60-meter hurdles and junior Phoebe Wright (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) in the 800 meters, with senior Rolanda Bell (Laurelton, N.Y.), freshman Ellen Wortham (Maryville, Tenn.) and freshman Ramzee Fondren (Detroit, Mich.) carrying the baton before Bowman on the first-place DMR.
Law became UT's first (and only) indoor hurdles champ since LaVonna Martin in 1987 and 1988, while Wright ran the best 800m time by an American this season (2:02.39) and the No. 2 all-time mark by a Lady Vol. The triumphs in the DMR and 3000m marked the fifth time in past six seasons that the Lady Vols had claimed those events at the SEC Indoor Championships.
SEC-TV MENTION AS WELL: This week's edition of SEC-TV will also have a recap of the SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships. The show will air Thursday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Carolinas and FOX Sports Tennessee as well as on Friday, March 6, at 9:30 a.m. ET on SportSouth.