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
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
Lady Vols prove to be on right track
Published: Tue Feb 02, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:44 p.m.