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NO. 10 TENNESSEE WOMEN HEADED TO PEPSI FLORIDA RELAYS
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Courtney Champion

April 5, 2007

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee women's track & field team, which is ranked 10th this week in the Trackwire 25 Poll, will spend the third weekend of the outdoor season in Gainesville, Fla. The Lady Vols will take part in the 63rd-annual Pepsi Florida Relays Friday and Saturday at James G. Pressly Stadium and Percy Beard Track.

Typically one of the largest track & field meets in the early stages of the spring, the Pepsi Florida Relays annually draw more than 3,000 collegiate and high school athletes from across the nation. The 2006 season marked the first year that the event wasn't held since 1946, as renovations to surrounding facilities prevented the competition from being contested.

The 2007 edition of the PFR will feature more than 30 college teams, including nationally-ranked squads in No. 3 South Carolina, No. 10 UT, No. 21 Florida and No. 24 Miami (Fla.). Some of the other competing programs include Florida State, North Carolina, Central Florida, Citadel, East Carolina, George Mason, Hampton, Navy, South Florida, UAB and several post-collegiate clubs. Action gets underway for the Big Orange women at 12:25 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday and wraps up around 8:30 p.m. Saturday's slate begins at 12:30 p.m. and runs until about 10 p.m.

The Lady Vols already have qualified seven entries in six different events (100m, 200m, 800m, 1500m, 100mH, discus) for the NCAA Mideast Regional in Columbia, Mo., on May 25-26. Additionally, they boast a provisional qualifier for the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on June 6-10 in Sacramento, Calif.

Among Tennessee's top hopefuls to add their name to the NCAA regional list this weekend are junior Courtney Champion (Lawrenceville, Ga.) in the 100-meter dash, sophomore Celriece Law (Denver, Colo.) and freshman Nia Ali (Philadelphia, Pa.) in the 100-meter hurdles, junior LaTonya Loche (Bastrop, La.) in the 400-meter dash, junior Shanna Dickenson (Cincinnati, Ohio) in the hammer throw and shot put, and UT's entries for the 4x100m and 4x400m relays.

Those who already possess NCAA marks and their events this weekend include sophomore Pavi'Elle "Tiki" James (Miami, Fla.) in the 100-meter hurdles, freshman Rose-Anne Galligan (County Kildare, Ireland) in the 1500 meters, freshman Lynne Layne (New Rochelle, N.Y.) in the 100 meters, sophomore Sarah Bowman (Warrenton, Va.) in the 800 meters and Dickenson in the discus.

The journey to the Pepsi Florida Relays also marks the end of a three-weekend road swing, as Tennessee returns to Knoxville to play host to the Sea Ray Relays on April 11-14 at Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium.

FRIDAY, APRIL 6
100mH (Regional: 13.92) 12:25 p.m.
Celriece Law
Nia Ali
Pavi'Elle "Tiki" James
Shot Put "B" (Regional: 16.90m) 1:30 p.m.
Amara McKell
Long Jump "B" (Regional: 19-8.25/6.00m) 1:30 p.m.
Pavi'Elle "Tiki" James
Lynne Layne
Brittany Daniels
1500m (Regional: 4:27.80) 1:50 p.m.
Rose-Anne Galligan
Jackie Areson
Rolanda Bell
400m (Regional: 54.61) 2:30 p.m.
LaTonya Loche
Phoebe Wright
100m (Regional: 11.75) 4:00 p.m.
Courtney Champion
Lynne Layne
800m (Regional: 2:09.80) 4:30 p.m.
Sarah Bowman
Pole Vault "A" (Regional: 12-5.50/3.80m) 5:30 p.m.
Alicia Essex
Hammer Throw "A" (Regional: 177-8/54.15m) 6 p.m.
Shanna Dickenson
4x200m Relay (Not An NCAA Event) 6:55 p.m.
Lady Vol Lineup TBA
4x1600m Relay (Not An NCAA Event) 7:55 p.m.
Lady Vol Lineup TBA
SATURDAY, APRIL 7
Shuttle Hurdle Relay (Not An NCAA Event) 12:30 p.m.
Lady Vol Lineup TBA
Javelin "B" (Regional: 142-6/43.45m) 12:30 p.m.
Amara McKell
Triple Jump "B" (Regional: 40-5/12.32m) 1:30 p.m.
Brittany Daniels
Distance Medley Relay (Not An NCAA Event) 2:15 p.m.
Lady Vol Lineup TBA
3000mSC (Regional: 10:50.25) 2:45 p.m.
Jackie Areson
Kelly Parrish
Discus "A" (Regional: 155-2/47.30m) 3:30 p.m.
Shanna Dickenson
Amara McKell
4x100m Relay (Regional: 45.70) 4:10 pm.
Lineup TBA
Shot Put "A" (Regional: 16.90m) 4:30 p.m.
Shanna Dickenson
4x800m Relay (Not An NCAA Event) 6:00 pm.
Lineup TBA
200m Invite (Regional: 23.96) 6:30 p.m.
Nia Ali
4x400m Relay (Regional: 3:42.00) 9:25 p.m.
Lineup TBA

 

 

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