Ellen Wortham garnered Capital One Academic All-District IV kudos.
June 2, 2011
By Eric Trainer, Associate Director of Media Relations
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee led all schools with four honorees Thursday, when the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District IV Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Team was announced by CoSIDA, the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Junior Chanelle Price (Easton, Pa./Easton Area), a second-team honoree in 2010, made the first team this season. Second-team recipients included senior Holly Kane (Knoxville, Tenn./Karns) and juniors Elizabeth Tiller (Tuscaloosa, Ala./American Christian) and Ellen Wortham (Maryville, Tenn./Maryville).
Price owns a 3.92 grade point average in journalism and electronic media. Previously named the 2011 SEC Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the UT middle distance standout swept conference indoor and outdoor titles in the 800 meters this season and was part of Tennessee's SEC meet-record-setting distance medley relay team indoors. The six-time All-American currently ranks No. 8 in the NCAA in the 800 meters with a readout of two minutes, 4.22 seconds with the national championship meet next on her agenda, June 8-11, in Des Moines, Iowa.
Wortham, who owns a 3.85 GPA in psychology, also is eyeing next week's NCAA meet. The five-time All-American currently ranks No. 1 in the NCAA and No. 8 in the world with a time of 55.70 seconds that she recorded to win an SEC title in the 400m hurdles this season. She remains undefeated in eight races in 2011 in the 400 hurdles and also is instrumental in UT qualifying its 4x100m and 4x400m relay units for the NCAA Championships as well. A multi-event athlete, Wortham's efforts this season also included a third-place effort in the pentathlon at SEC Indoors and a finish of eighth at NCAAs.
Tiller made the All-District IV cut with a stellar 3.96 academic record in the double major of public administration and Spanish. The recipient of both a Haslam Scholarship and Peyton Manning Scholarship at Tennessee, Tiller scored for the Lady Vols at the UT-UCLA Dual track meet, with personal bests in the 1500m and 3000m, and counted toward the team's scoring total in every cross country meet this season.
Kane, who posted a 3.80 GPA in journalism and electronic media, ranks No. 9 on UT's all-time performers list in the javelin with a top measurement of 143-1, registered this season at the UCF Invitational in Orlando, Fla. Kane claimed victory at that meet as well as at the UT-UCLA Dual. During her career, she scored in SEC competition (fifth) and qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round in 2010 and competed in the USA Junior Championships in 2008.