April 14, 2009
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A pair of University of Tennessee women's track & field athletes have been honored by the Southeastern Conference for their efforts over the weekend at the 43rd-annual Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville. Junior Lynne Layne was named the SEC Female Runner of the Week, while rookie Chanelle Price was selected as the SEC Female Freshman of the Week, the league announced Tuesday.
Layne, from New Rochelle, N.Y., was voted the Tony Wilson Award winner for women's running events at the Sea Ray Relays after her fantastic performance. She earned the honor out of more than 600 female athletes competing at the event.
Layne won the 200-meter dash with a season best and NCAA regional qualifying time of 23.87 seconds and anchored Tennessee's 4x100m relay team to a scintillating come-from-behind victory in a season-best 45.95, giving the Lady Vols their third straight meet triumph in that event and eighth 4x1 win in Sea Rays history.
She also added a runner-up finish in the 100-meter dash with a season best and NCAA regional mark of 11.28, ran the opening leg on UT's fourth-place 4x200m relay unit, and carded a sixth-place outcome in the long jump with a season-best leap of 19-2.
Price, meanwhile, came in third in the 800 meters with a season best and NCAA regional time of 2:05.54. She also ran the opening leg on Tennessee's 4x1500m relay quartet, which set meet and facility records with its victorious clocking of 17:51.71. That mark ranks No. 3 all-time in school history.
Layne and Price will be back in action this Friday and Saturday, as the Lady Vols host the college division of the Volunteer Track Classic at UT's Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium. The Big Orange women will do battle with Alabama, Kentucky and Ohio State.