March 12, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Track & Field News' etrack Newsletter is picking the University of Tennessee women to win a pair of events and to capture the team title at this weekend's NCAA Indoor Championships at Texas A&M's Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium at the McFerrin Athletic Center.
The Lady Vols, who enter the meet ranked number two in the USTFCCCA Rankings behind the host Texas A&M Aggies, are projected in TFN's newsletter to score 47 points and capture the program's third overall national championship and second indoor title following the initial NCAA victory in 2005. A&M is picked to finish second with 34 points, followed by Texas Tech in third with 32, Michigan in fourth with 30 and Florida State in fifth with 25.
UT is predicted to collect a victory in the mile run from senior Sarah Bowman and win the distance medley relay (DMR) for the second consecutive season. The DMR enters with the top time in the field, while Bowman ranks third.
The Lady Vols also are expected to score in the 60 meters (Lynne Layne, 5th), 200 meters (Layne, 5th), 800 meters (Phoebe Wright, 2nd), 60m hurdles (Celriece Law, 4th) and shot put (Annie Alexander, 3rd).
The meet starts Friday morning and concludes on Saturday night. It will be carried live on ESPN360.com, while ESPN2 will carry a recap show on March 23 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time.