Jan. 14, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee women's track & field team lost Tianna Madison to the professional ranks earlier this week, but the Lady Vols quickly returned the roster total to 29 athletes with the addition of a transfer. Head Coach J.J. Clark announced Friday that distance runner Katie Van Horn had joined the Big Orange after spending the first semester at the University of Richmond.
Van Horn, who hails from Glendora, N.J., ran cross country this fall for the Spiders and was an All-Atlantic 10 selection and a three-time A-10 Rookie of the Week choice in her first collegiate season. She turned in a clocking of 18:26.7 to place eighth at the 5,000-meter A-10 race and was 28th in 21:14.7 at the 6K NCAA Southeast Regional, just missing all-region status. She is eligible to compete immediately for the defending NCAA Champion Lady Vol track & field team and will be a freshman this season.
The graduate of Triton Regional High School was an all-state performer in both track & field and cross country. She won the 2005 New Jersey Group IV title in the 3200 meters with a career-best time of 10:40, claimed the 3200m title at the Meet of Champions in 10:44 and took second at the group meet in the 1600m in a personal-record 4:59. A seventh-place finisher in the 3000 meters at the Penn Relays, her 10:08 reading ranked her seventh nationally among high school seniors, and her 3200m clocking placed her ninth among prep seniors.
Her addition to the squad only deepens UT's strong distance corps on the oval and will strengthen a Big Orange cross country program that has won four straight NCAA South Region titles and three consecutive Southeastern Conference Championship meets.
"Katie is very, very talented, and she is going to bring some more depth to our program in the distance area," Clark said. "She was a state champion in New Jersey and has the abilities to help us both in cross country and on the track. We're very happy to have Katie with us and look forward to getting her into the group and running very fast."