as the Lady Vol track and field team wrapped up its spring break trip at
the Stanford Invitational on March 28 and 29. White, a product of James
Logan High School near Oakland, did not disappoint a vocal group of supporters,
which included family members, friends, former coaches and teammates.
After recording the fastest time in the 100-meter dash preliminaries
on Saturday (11.43 seconds), White came back Sunday in the finals to clock
an 11.49 in claiming the title. Both times are NCAA provisional marks. Later
in the day, she met the provisional standard and set a Cobb Track record
in the 200-meter by turning in a 23.36 to capture her second event of the
meet. Her 11.43 in the shorter sprint was .01 of a second shy of her career
best, while her 200-meter clocking was .06 of a second short of a personal
Other strong events for Tennessee included the 400-meter dash, where
Saidah Jones took third (54.01) and Lesly Love came in sixth (54.68) in
a career-best time; the 400-meter hurdles, where Erin Rinear placed fourth
in a personal record 1:01.02; the 100-meter dash, where Anissa Campbell
was fifth in 12.01; the pole vault, where Beth Gehring set a school record
by clearing 11-5 3/4 and taking fifth while Tracy Carrington was ninth in
an outdoor personal best 10-6; the high jump , where Michelle Elfervig checked
in sixth with a personal collegiate-best performance of 5-8; and the 4x400
relay unit of Love, Janelle Briggs, Erica Witter and Jones, which crossed
the line third in 3:40.65 and just missed the provisional cut-off.
The Lady Vol distance brigade did not place high, but progress was evident.
Both Mindy Watkins (500m) and Dorothy Denko (10,000m) registered personal
bests with times of 17:34.67 and 37:55.86, respectively. For Denko, it was
her first race of the 1997-98 campaign, as she did not compete in any indoor
meets. Both runners also ran in cold and wet conditions late in the evening
on Saturday. In the 1,500 meters, Kristen Ritter just missed her personal
record, navigating the distance in 4:30.97.
Coach Myrtle Ferguson's squad will have this weekend off, but will return
to action on April 8-11, as it joins UT's men's team in hosting the Sea
Ray Relays at Tom Black Track.
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