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Lady Vols Give Chase to SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championship
Katie Van Horn

Katie Van Horn

May 13, 2009

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            KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee women's track & field team won its third league indoor trophy in five seasons back in March.  This weekend in Gainesville, Fla., the 12th-ranked Lady Volunteers will try to duplicate that excellence, as they compete in the SEC Outdoor Championships starting Friday at Florida's Percy Beard Track.

The meet will be televised on a tape-delay basis. FOX Sports Net South will carry a two-hour recap, airing at 6 p.m. Eastern Time on May 23.

A season sweep of the league trophies is the goal for Tennessee. If that were to occur, it would mark UT's first time doing that since 1984 and the program's fifth outdoor win following a four-year spree from 1981-84. To accomplish that task, the Big Orange will have to face the gauntlet of conference teams. Among that group are ranked foes No. 4 LSU, No. 14 Auburn and No. 22 Arkansas. Florida and South Carolina also field strong squads.

"The SEC, obviously, is a very difficult conference," UT Head Coach J.J. Clark said. "The team has to be prepared mentally and physically for a great track meet, and we are just looking forward to going down there, doing our best and coming out with a great effort from our team."

Tennessee won five events at the 2009 SEC Indoor meet and fashioned four runner-up finishes. The victors included senior Sarah Bowman in the mile and 3000m, senior Celriece Law in the 60m hurdles, junior Phoebe Wright in the 800m and one by the distance medley relay. The Lady Vols also had runner-up efforts from junior Lynne Layne in the 60m and 200m dashes, junior Jackie Areson in the 3000m and sophomore Annie Alexander in the shot put.

For the outdoor meet, though, there will be no distance medley relay, and some of the race distances are a little longer. Bowman, though, enters as the league leader in the 1500m at 4:16.57, and she will attempt to also run the 800m (2:04.81) and the 5000m (16:20.78), events in which she is qualified for the NCAA Mideast Regional. Law ranks first in the 100m hurdles (13.23), while Alexander stands atop the NCAA and SEC ladder in the discus this season with a best throw of 188-9. Layne (11.28, 100m dash), Areson (16:11.71, 5000m), Alexander (56-0, shot put) and senior Alicia Essex (13-7 1/4, pole vault) also are among the top three in the conference in their respective events.

As she did during the first half of the season, when she recorded her school-best ninth SEC Indoor title, Bowman will be in pursuit of history. With two victories this weekend, she could become the all-time winningest SEC performer in Lady Vol history. Hurdler/sprinter LaVonna Martin stands atop that list with 12 titles. Bowman's outdoor conference resumé includes triumphs in the 1500m in 2006 and 2008 and a runner-up outcome in 2007. Indoors, she pulled off three straight triples, winning the mile, 3000m and DMR from 2007 to 2009.

"Sarah has done a lot before at this meet, and she is going to double as she did as a sophomore," Clark said of his pupil, who finished second in the 1500m and fourth in the 800m in her second season at UT. "Hopefully, she can help provide us some points and leadership that we will need to do well at this event."

Bowman won't be alone in providing leadership. The team has seven seniors who have set the example in their practice, preparation and performance all season long.

"We have some seniors who are concluding their careers with us, notably Sarah Bowman, who is competing in her last SEC meet along with Celriece Law, Rolanda Bell, Kimarra McDonald, Alicia Essex, Katie Van Horn and Amanda Alexander," Clark said. "These are seniors who have scored points for us in the past, so we will definitely miss their abilities to catapult this team to the top. We look for them to make the most of their final opportunity at the conference meet."

Clark said his squad enters the fray with a clean bill of health and is anxious to get the show on the road.

"We're good," Clark said of his team's physical status. "Every team has some knick-knacks at this point, but we are ready to get on the bus, make the trip, lineup and let it go."

For live results from the meet, go to www.utladyvols.com and click on "live results" on the front daily schedule or on the schedule page.

THURSDAY, MAY 14
EVENT (NCAA DIV. I QUALIFYING MARKS)
Heptathlon (Auto: 5,500, Prov. 5,050) 2:30 p.m.
No Lady Vols Entered
FRIDAY, MAY 15
EVENT (NCAA DIV. I QUALIFYING MARKS)
Heptathlon (Auto: 5,500, Prov. 5,050) 1:30 p.m.
No Lady Vols Entered
Hammer Throw Final (Regional: 177-8/54.15m) 5 p.m.
Akeela Bravo
Laquoya Kelly
800m Prelim (Regional: 2:09.80) 6:15 p.m.
Sarah Bowman
Phoebe Wright
Chanelle Price
Kimarra McDonald
Ramzee Fondren
Chelsea Knotts
Kim White
Charity Honeycutt
200m Prelim (Regional: 23.96) 6:50 p.m.
Lynne Layne
Ashley Harris
400mH Prelim (Regional: 1:00.82) 7:35 p.m.
Ellen Wortham
Amanda Alexander
10000m Final (Auto: 33:30.00; Prov. 35:00.00) 8:30 p.m.
Katie Van Horn
Michele Levy
SATURDAY, MAY 16
EVENT (NCAA DIV. I QUALIFYING MARKS)
Discus Final (Regional: 155-2/47.30m) 3:30 p.m.
Annie Alexander
Akeela Bravo
Long Jump Final (Regional: 19-8.25/6.00m) 4:00 p.m.
Lynne Layne
Celriece Law
1500m Prelim (Regional: 4:27.80) 6:15 p.m.
Sarah Bowman
Rolanda Bell
100mH Prelim (Regional: 13.92) 6:45 p.m.
Celriece Law
Chardae Hancock
400m Prelim (Regional: 54.61) 7:20 p.m.
Amanda Alexander
100m Prelim (Regional: 11.75) 7:55 p.m.
Lynne Layne
Ashley Harris
Chardae Hancock
3000m Steeplechase Final (Regional: 10:50.25) 8:30 p.m.
No Lady Vols Entered
SUNDAY, MAY 17
EVENT (NCAA DIV. I QUALIFYING MARKS)
Javelin Final (Regional: 142-6/43.45m) Noon
Holly Kane
Brittany Napoli
Triple Jump Final (Regional: 40-5/12.32m) 1:00 p.m.
Celriece Law
Pole Vault Final (Regional: 12-7.50/3.85m) 3:00 p.m.
Alicia Essex
High Jump Final (Regional: 5-8.75/1.75m) 5:00 p.m.
Ellen Wortham
4x100m Relay Final (Regional: 45.70) 5:10 p.m.
(Celriece Law/Brittany Jones/Ellen Wortham/Lynne Layne/Ashley Harris/Chardae Hancock)
1500m Final (Regional: 4:27.80) 5:30 p.m.
TBA
100mH Final (Regional: 13.92) 5:50 p.m.
TBA
400m Final (Regional: 54.61) 6:10 p.m.
TBA
100m Final (Regional: 11.75) 6:30 p.m.
TBA
Shot Put Final (Regional: 46-11/14.30m) 6:30 p.m.
Annie Alexander
Laquoya Kelly
Akeela Bravo
800m Final (Regional: 2:09.80) 6:50 p.m.
TBA
400mH Final (Regional: 1:00.82) 7:15 p.m.
TBA
200m Final (Regional: 23.96) 7:35 p.m.
TBA
5000m Final (Regional: 16:52.00) 8:05 p.m.
Jackie Areson
Sarah Bowman
Katie Van Horn
Rolanda Bell
Michele Levy
Brittany Sheffey
4x400m Relay (Regional: 3:42.00) 8:50 p.m.
(Phoebe Wright/Chanelle Price/Kimarra McDonald/Brittany Jones/Ellen Wortham/Amanda Alexander)

 

 

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