at the Penn Relays on Thursday, Tennessee's Leslie Henley came back on Sunday
to demonstrate that her feat in Philadelphia was no fluke. The senior from
Manchester, Tenn., tied her own school record and broke the Tom Black Track
standard with a first-place leap of 11-11 3/4 at the Knoxville Invitational
and Field Meet.
Henley moved past the previous facility record of 11-7 3/4, set by Melissa
Feinstein of AirTime Athletics on April 12, 1996, on her third attempt.
Teammates Beth Gehring and Tracy Carrington also set personal records
and improved their NCAA chances. Gehring took second with a collegiate-best
11-7 3/4, clearing that height on her third attempt. Carrington, meanwhile,
posted her outdoor best of 11-1 3/4 by tying Auburn's Hannah Johnson for
third-place honors. Both athletes achieved the mark on their second try.
Elsewhere, Michelle Elfervig matched her collegiate outdoor best and
Penn Relays-winning height of 5-8 3/4 to place second behind the unattached
Carol Jenkins (6-2 3/4), and Anissa Campbell notched a pair of first-place
finishes and a second.
The senior from Irontown, Ohio, won the long jump with a wind-aided leap
of 18 feet, which would have been a personal record if not for the strong
breeze. Campbell also won the 100-meter dash in 11.64, a mark that would
have matched her career best if not for the wind. Her second-place showing
came in the 200-meter dash, where she posted a wind-assisted 23.84 to finish
the unattached Chandra Burns.
The Lady Vols will join the men's team in hosting the Gatorade Classic
on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. Tennessee will take part in the four-team meet
Pesek Named SEC Diver of the Year
The Southeastern Conference announced that Kathy Pesek, a junior All-American
from Houston, Texas, was named the SEC Diver of the Year as voted on by
the conference head coaches.
Pesek set a conference record of 658.40 to win the platform title at
the 1998 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships. She also claimed her first
NCAA crown in March on the platform. Her final score of 659.65 set a new
school and career mark for Pesek.
Pesek, who has already qualified for the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials on
the platform and will perform in the Goodwill Games in New York this summer,
will be competing at the U.S.A. Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on
the three-meter springboard and platform May 7-10.
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