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UT's Law Hurdles Way to Sea Ray Victory



Results | Revised Saturday Schedule 

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The third day of the 2008 Sea Ray Relays came to an early end Friday evening, but not before the 11th-ranked Tennessee women secured a victory in the 100m hurdles and a runner-up effort in the 3000m at Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium.

Intermittent thunderstorms from a dangerous system moved into the Knoxville area and halted the meet at 5:11 p.m. Eastern Time. Two hours and 56 minutes later, at 8:07 p.m., a decision was made to move Friday’s remaining 18 events to Saturday, beginning with the women’s 10,000m at 8 a.m.

Junior Celriece Law (Denver, Colo.) became the first Lady Vol since LaVonna Martin in 1988 and only the second in the history of the meet to win the 100m hurdles at the Sea Ray Relays, taking the title in a wind-aided 13.24 seconds with a 4.0 meters-per-second gust at her back. Only Martin (1986, 1988) and Benita Fitzgerald (1980, 1981, 1983) previously won Sea Rays 100m hurdles titles while representing UT.

Law came back only 45 minutes later to finish fourth in the 100m dash in 11.67, running with a wind of 5.3 mps at her back. Janea Grimes (Newport, Tenn.) was 32nd at 12.24.

In the 3000 meters, UT junior Sarah Bowman (Warrenton, Va.) led the entire race by a sizeable margin before giving way to three-time U.S. 1500m champion Treniere Clement over the final 75 meters. Clement, also coached by UT Head Coach J.J. Clark, crossed the line in 10:00.12, with Bowman taking second in 10:02.09 in her first collegiate outdoor 3K race. Sophomore Jackie Areson (Delray Beach, Fla.) covered the distance in 10:28.56 to finish fifth.

LaTonya Loche (Bastrop, La.) held her own in a very competitive 400m dash, finishing sixth in 54.42. World leader Mary Wineberg of Nike held off former UT Olympian Dee Dee Trotter, now running for adidas, for the title. Wineberg crossed the finish line in 52.23, with Trotter finishing her trip around the oval in 53.00.

In the invitational hammer throw on Friday morning, defending champion Shanna Dickenson (Cincinnati, Ohio) faced a stiff challenge repeating from a very competitive field and wound up seventh with a toss of 185 feet, three inches. Amber Campbell of Mjolnir Thro, with a Sea Ray Relays and Tom Black Track record throw of 224-8, seized the title. Her mark bested the old standard of 223-6, set by Anna Norgren Mahon on April 12, 2002.

Junior Alicia Essex (Purcellville, Va.) matched her personal best in the pole vault, clearing 12-7 1/2 to tie for 10th place. Sophomore Katie O’Connell (Memphis, Tenn.) was 26th in a career-best 10-11 3/4, while sophomore Jennifer Lewellen (Kernersville, N.C.) no-heighted. Winner Erin Asay of Sheffield Elite Track Club cleared 14-3 1/4 to set meet and facility records, while runner-up Stephanie Chin of Indiana and third-place finisher Stephanie Bagan sailed over 13-11 1/4 to each set the Tom Black Track collegiate mark.

“It was just a training meet for us today,” Clark said. “Celriece is running very consistently for us. Sarah went out a little hard, but we put her in there to do a training run, and the winds were extremely high.

“Overall, there was the victory in the hurdles, Celriece came back and ran well in the 100 meters and Alicia matched her PR in the pole vault. Then the weather kind of took over, and we really didn’t have a chance to do what we are capable of doing as a team. Tomorrow we’ll look for better weather and hopefully get things done.”

On Saturday, Tennessee will have entrants in 15 different events, including Friday’s postponed 4x200m relay, 800m, javelin throw and 1500m run, as well as the regularly scheduled invitational discus, distance medley relay, long jump, 4x100m relay, shot put, invitational 3000m steeplechase, invitational 100m, 4x800m relay, invitational 200m, invitational 5000m and 4x400m relay.

FRIDAY, APRIL 11 AT SEA RAY RELAYS
Open Hammer (Regional: 177-8/54.15m) 8:45 a.m. 
nmTaylor Rotella
Inv. Hammer (Regional: 177-8/54.15m) 10:45 a.m. 
7thShanna Dickenson185-3/56.47m#
Open 3000m (Not An NCAA Event) 12:55 p.m. 
2ndSarah Bowman10:02.09
5thJackie Areson10:28.56
Pole Vault (Regional: 12-7.50/3.85m 1:00 p.m.
t10thAlicia Essex12-7.50/3.85!#
26thKatie O’Connell10-11.75/3.35m!
nhJennifer Lewellen
100mH (Regional: 13.92) 2:30 p.m.
1stCelriece Law13.24w# (w: 4.0)
dnfJena’ Murphy
Open 100m (Regional: 11.75) 3:15 p.m.
4thCelriece Law11.67w# (w: 5.3)
32ndJanea Grimes12.24w (w: 5.5)
400m (Regional: 54.61) 4:05 p.m.
6thLaTonya Loche54.42#
dnfJanea Grimes
SATURDAY, APRIL 12 AT SEA RAY RELAYS
4x200m Relay (Not An NCAA Event) 9:50 a.m. 
Lady Vol Lineup TBD
800m (Regional: 2:09.80) 10:20 a.m.
Kimarra McDonald
Tyler Barnes
Kim White
1500m (Regional: 4:27.80) 11:10 a.m.
Brittany Sheffey
Rolanda Bell
Jackie Areson
Inv. Discus (Regional: 155-2/47.30m) 11:30 a.m.
Annie Alexander, Shanna Dickenson, Amara McKell
Shuttle Hurdle Relay (Not An NCAA Event) 12:40 p.m. 
No Lady Vols Entered
Javelin (Regional: 142-6/43.45m) 12:45 p.m.
Holly Kane
Brittany Napoli
Distance Medley Relay (Not An NCAA Event) 1:20 p.m. 
Lady Vol Lineup TBD
Long Jump (Regional: 19-8.25/6.00m) 1:30 p.m.
Lynne Layne
4x100m Relay (Regional: 45.70) 2:00 p.m.
Lady Vol Lineup TBD
Shot Put (Regional: 46-11/14.30m) 2:30 p.m.
Annie Alexander, Amara McKell
Inv. 3000mSC (Regional: 10:50.25) 2:50 p.m.
Jackie Areson
Inv. 100m (Regional: 11.75) 3:20 p.m.
Jeneba Tarmoh
4x800m Relay (Not An NCAA Event) 3:35 p.m.
Lady Vol Lineup TBD
Inv. 200m (Regional: 23.96) 4:15 p.m.
Lynne Layne, LaTonya Loche
Inv. 5000m (Regional: 16:52.00) 4:40 p.m.
Katie Van Horn
4x400m Relay (Regional: 3:42.00) 5:25 p.m.
Lady Vol Lineup TBD

KEY 


# - NCAA Regional Qualifier, * - NCAA Automatic Qualifier, + - NCAA Provisional Qualifier, ! - Personal Record (Outdoors), dnf - Did Not Finish, dnq - Did Not Qualify, dnr - Did Not Run, dns - Did Not Start, dq - Disqualified, f - Facility Record, fs - False Start, h - Hand Times, nm - No Mark, p - Prelims, s - School Record (Outdoors).


 

 

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