Junior sprinter Kelli White returned to her home state and won two events

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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