The 15th-ranked University of Tennessee women's track and field team

continues to get better and better.

On Saturday, the Lady Vols took another step in the right direction as they

posted a second-place finish at the Illinois Women's Invitational.

UT accumulated 141 points on the day to finish second, only six points

behind the host Illinois at the U of I Armory Fieldhouse. Miami (Fla.), the

22nd-ranked team in the nation, placed third with 103 points while Clemson

took fourth with 89. The runner-up finish snapped the Big Orange's two-meet

victory string in regular-season scored events.

While Tennessee may not have brought home the gold in the team competition,

the Lady Vols did find lots of treasure at the third meet of the season. A

total of 10 personal bests were achieved, three school records were met or

broken, three NCAA provisional qualifying standards were equaled and one

facility record was established. To boot, UT was the top finisher in seven

events in the Land of Lincoln.

Senior Kelli White was responsible for two of those victories, as she tied

her school record and personal best in the 60-meter dash with a 7.29

clocking that was just one-one hundredth of a second off the NCAA automatic

qualifying time. She also crossed the line first in the 200 meters,

circling the track in a provisional clocking of 23.82.

For the second time in a row, Tracy Carrington cleared 12-1 1/2 in the pole

vault, repeating her school and personal record and notching another

provisional mark. What's more, she posted another track record,

establishing a new vault at the Armory Fieldhouse. Her latest record could

have been five-and-a-half inches higher, but she brushed the bar with her

ribs on the way over an attempt at 12-6 and had to settle for a duplication

of last week's clearance.

Throws specialist Andrea Pappas was responsible for the third school

record, as she bested Kelly Smith's old mark of 49-1 3/4

(2-22-97/SECs/Gainesville, Fla.) in the weight throw by taking second with

a heave of 49-7 3/4. She also came back later in the day and took first in

the shot put with a best toss of 46-8 3/4. That equals two shot put

victories in three meets for the junior transfer from the College of San

Mateo (Calif.).

Other firsts came from Maureen Ferris, who ran a personal-record 2:11.46 in

the 800 meters; Lesly Love, who navigated the track in the 400 meters in

56.46; and the distance medle y relay, which posted the sixth-fastest

reading in Lady Vol history at 11:43.29. That unit consisted of Angie

Pothier, Janelle Briggs, Ferris and Sharon Dickie.

Also noteworthy were second-place outings by Frenke Bolt in the long jump

(18-3 1/4) and high jump (5-6 1/2); Dickie in the mile in a personal record

of 4:51.99; and the 4x400-meter relay of Briggs, Heather Sumpter, Erica

Witter and Love in 3:51.52. Anchoring that squad, Love ran a sensational

leg in rocketing UT back from a distant fourth-place position.

Additionally, Love cleared 9-10 to take third in the first pole vault

competition of her life.

Next week, the Lady Vols will travel to Indianapolis to compete in the

Cannon IV Classic at the National Institute of Fitness and Sport on Friday

and Saturday.