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J.J. Clark will be calling out times for a pair of transfers this year.

J.J. Clark will be calling out times for a pair of transfers this year.

Sept. 4, 2003

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.

Second-year University of Tennessee Head Coach J.J. Clark has welcomed a pair of transfers to his program, both of whom should provide an immediate impact to the Lady Vol cross country and track & field teams during the 2003-04 campaign.

Lindsay Hyatt, a three-year standout at Stanford University, and Carly Matthews, who made a strong statement as a freshman at Georgia Tech last season, are enrolled at UT and practicing with the cross country squad as it prepares for its home opener, the Tennessee adidas Invitational, at Lambert Acres Golf Club in Maryville on Sept. 12.

"The addition of Lindsay and Carly definitely adds depth and experience to our cross country team," Clark said. "Their presence ensures that we will be contenders for the SEC title in cross country and that we will be able to enhance our ability to score at the SEC and NCAA level in track & field."

Hyatt comes to Big Orange Country after completing a degree in American studies at Stanford last spring and is pursuing a master's in sport management at UT. The Auburn, Calif., native spent three seasons running on the Cardinal's national powerhouse cross country squad and garnered All-America accolades on the track for her performances in the 800 meters and with the distance medley relay during her career there.

Most recently, Hyatt was a 2002 indoor All-American, as she helped her DMR combo to a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships. She also claimed All-America distinction in 2000, placing seventh in the 800 meters at the NCAA Indoor meet.

Even though she is known more for her prowess on the oval, Hyatt contributed to the deep Stanford cross country squad over the past three years. She ran in two meets in 2001 and 2002 and saw duty in five competitions in 2000, finishing among the top 10 in three of those.

Matthews, meanwhile, hails from Winston-Salem, N.C., and joins the UT fold after making her mark on the cross country team as a rookie at Georgia Tech in 2002. In her first collegiate meet, Carly scored in third position for the Ramblin' Wreck and placed 16th at the Bulldog Stampede in Athens, Ga. She would alternate between the No. 2 and 3 scoring positions for the remainder of the regular season.

At the Atlantic Coast Championships, Matthews ascended to team leader status, finishing 41st overall on the 6K trail at 22:39.6. Interestingly enough, she wrapped up her season by running on the home course of what would become her new team, as she recorded a 32nd-place finish as Georgia Tech took seventh at the 6K NCAA South Regional at Lambert Acres. Her 23:14.40 performance was third-best among Tech harriers on that day.

On the track, Matthews ranked second on the team at GT with a 10:09.62 indoor mark in the 3000 meters, which she recorded in finishing sixth at the Gator Invitational. She also rated No. 2 on the Ramblin' Wreck top times list for the indoor mile with a 10th-place, 5:13.75 readout at the Kentucky Invitational.

Hyatt and Matthews join previously-announced distance signee Leslie Treherne (Chesapeake, Va.) on both the Lady Vol cross country and track & field squads.


 

 

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