LIVE VIDEO STREAMING
The University of Arkansas in conjunction with the NCAA is providing a live video stream of the entire championship. The feed begins with the start of competition (9:45 a.m. Friday and 11:00 a.m. Saturday). To view the feed go to the NCAA Championships webpage off www.ladybacks.com and click on the live video link. The video feed is free of charge.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Having charted top-four team finishes in three of the past four seasons, including a national championship in 2005, the third-ranked University of Tennessee women are in Fayetteville, Ark., for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships on Friday and Saturday the Randal Tyson Track Center. A school-best 13 Lady Vols traveled to the meet, making this what Head Coach J.J. Clark believes to be his most impressive squad in his six seasons at the helm.
“I think this is the deepest and most talented team I’ve taken to this meet,” Clark said of a unit that returns 21 1/2 of the 30 points UT scored at NCAA Indoors in 2007. “We have people who can win. We have people who can score high. We have people in a lot of different event areas. I think it is a very good team.
“From the year we won (NCAAs), we have a few of those members back in the 60m and 200m. We’ve added to that throughout the event areas, and it has to be the strongest team. We just have to perform that way and make that statement a reality.”
Tennessee will begin trying to do just that on Friday, as Big Orange performers are in action in seven events. Junior Celriece Law (Denver, Colo.) gets the action rolling in the 60m hurdles prelims at 6:20 p.m. Eastern Time (5:20 CT). She enters the meet ranked eighth with a top time of 8.19 seconds, which she achieved at last weekend’s Virginia Tech Last Chance meet. Law finished seventh a year ago at the NCAA Indoor Championships to earn All-America acclaim.
At 6:50 p.m. ET, senior LaTonya Loche (Bastrop, La.) runs in the 400m dash prelims. She has a season best of 53.22, which ranks 13th, and will be making her first NCAA Indoor appearance in the 400. She was eighth in the 200m in 2005 and also has earned All-America acclaim as a relay contributor several times.
Next up at 7:30 p.m. is the 60m dash prelims, where Tennessee will have four entries. Seniors Courtney Champion (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and Cleo Tyson (Huntsville, Texas) rank seventh in the field with identical times of 7.25, while freshman Jeneba Tarmoh (San Jose, Calif.) and sophomore Lynne Layne (New Rochelle, N.Y.) stand 13th and 15th, respectively, with clockings of 7.28 and 7.29. Champion was second in the 60m last season and in 2005 at this meet. Tyson was fifth in 2006.
The number-two ranked mile competitor is junior Sarah Bowman (Warrenton, Va.). The two-time SEC champion in that event enters the fray with a season best of 4:36.51. The 2008 USTFCCCA Indoor Athlete of the Year was sixth last season at this meet and will run in the prelims Friday at 8:05 p.m.
Champion, Tarmoh and Layne face a 200m dash prelim, as well, at 8:35 p.m. Champion, the third-place finisher in this event at the 2007 NCAA meet and runner-up in 2005, enters ranked seventh at 23.23, followed by Tarmoh in eighth at 23.26 and Layne in 15th at 23.68.
There will be finals for the 60m hurdles and 200m dash on Friday at 9:20 p.m. and 10:05 p.m., respectively, while the mile, 400m and 60m finals will be contested on Saturday at 7:25, 8:05 and 8:25 p.m., respectively.
Two more finals will be contested on Friday. Two-event SEC scorer junior Katie Van Horn (Glendora, N.J.) enters ranked 15th in the 5000 meters at 16:24.28 and will run at 9:30 p.m. She is UT’s first 5K participant in the meet since Sharon Dickie in 2001.
UT’s distance medley relay collaboration of freshman Brittany Sheffey (Bellport, N.Y.), freshman Brittany Jones (Pompano Beach, Fla.), sophomore Phoebe Wright (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) and Bowman will hit the track at 10:35 p.m. The go into the meet ranked third at 11:07.89. Tennessee was the runner-up a year ago and won this event in 2004.
In addition to hopefuls in the mile, 400m and 60m finals on Saturday, the Lady Vols will have two more entries on the final day. Freshman Annie Alexander (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago), who enters the shot put competition ranked third at 57-2, will throw at 5:30 p.m. She broke a 26-year-old school record with that measurement and is hoping to become UT’s first indoor All-American in the shot since 1984.
Closing out the meet at 9:20 p.m., UT’s 4x400m relay quartet of Champion, Loche, Jones and Tyson will take to the track ranked ninth with a season-topping mark of 3:36.05. The Big Orange 4x4 slumped to 10th in 2007 at the NCAA meet and hopes for a resurgence in 2008.
“Our team has a lot of confidence going into the NCAA meet,” Clark said. “We are on a roll, and after the SEC meet, I get the sense that our team believes it can compete with any team that is in the forefront. Our goal this weekend is to do what we are capable of doing.”
|FRIDAY, MARCH 14|
|60mH Pre. (Auto: 8.14; Prov: 8.43) 5:20 p.m. CT|
|400m Pre. (Auto: 52.40; Prov: 54.40)b 5:50 p.m. CT|
|60m Pre. (Auto: 7.26; Prov: 7.44) 6:30 p.m. CT|
|Mile Pre. (Auto: 4:40.00; Prov: 4:48.00)b 7:05 p.m. CT|
|200m Pre. (Auto: 23.20, Prov: 23.90)b 7:35 p.m. CT|
|60mH Fin. (Auto: 8.14; Prov: 8.43) 8:20 p.m. CT|
|5000m (Auto: 16:08.00, Prov: 16:45.00)b 8:30 p.m. CT|
|Katie Van Horn|
|200m Fin. (Auto: 23.20, Prov: 23.90)b 9:05 p.m. CT|
|DMR (Auto: 11:09.00; Prov: 11:30.00)b 9:35 p.m. CT|
|Brittany Sheffey/Brittany Jones/Phoebe Wright/Sarah Bowman|
|SATURDAY, MARCH 15|
|Shot Put (Auto: 16.90, Prov: 15.20) 4:30 p.m. CT|
|Mile Fin. (Auto: 4:40.00; Prov: 4:48.00)b 6:25 p.m. CT|
|400m Fin. (Auto: 52.40; Prov: 54.40)b 7:05 p.m. CT|
|60m Fin. (Auto: 7.26; Prov: 7.44) 7:25 p.m. CT|
|4x400mR (Auto: 3:33.00, Prov: 3:40.00)b 8:20 p.m. CT|
|Courtney Champion/LaTonya Loche/Brittany Jones/Cleo Tyson|
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