Kelli White posted a school record, two personal records and two NCAA
automatic qualifying times to lead the 21st-ranked University of Tennessee
women's track and field team to a strong overall performance in the Canon
IV Classic on Saturday in Indianapolis.
White placed second in the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes in 7.24 and 23.41
seconds, respectively, notching times that rank second in the nation in
those events and booking herself a return trip to Indianapolis for the
NCAAs March 5-6 in both races.
Her short sprint time replaced her former school record of 7.29 seconds,
while the longer sprint clocking placed her second at UT behind Sue Walton
Tracy Carrington also claimed a school record by taking second in the pole
vault with a best clearance of 12-2 1/2. That height broke the 12-1 1/2
mark she set on Jan. 23 at the Pepsi Indoor Invitational and tied last
weekend at the Illinois Women's Invitational. She finished behind UCLA's
Tracy O'Hara (12-6 1/4), who is currently ranked No. 2 in the country, and
improved her stock for a provisional bid to the national indoor meet.
Individuals who also had outings worthy of NCAA provisional consideration
include Maureen Ferris, who placed sixth in the mile in a personal record
of 4:47.81.; Sharon Dickie, who was 10th in the 3000 meters in a personal
record 9:36.65; and Lesly Love, who turned in a personal-best 54.22 in the
400 meters to take fifth. The distance medley relay combination of Ferris,
Love, Frenke Bolt and Dickie achieved provisional status, as well, placing
fifth in 11:28.09 and charting the second-fastest indoor DMR time in Lady
Those establishing personal bests were Mindy Watkins in the 5000 meters,
netting a time of 17:13.31 to secure the ninth-best indoor time in UT
annals; and Marquita Knight, who took eighth in the triple jump with a
career-best leap of 38-5.
Other highlights included Andrea Pappas' second-place performance in the
shot put with a heave of 47-1 and the 4x400-meter relay's fourth-place
result of 3:40.94, which was a season-topping run and barely missed the
NCAA provisional cut. Contributing to that effort were Love, Erica Witter,
Janelle Briggs and White.
"This was the best indoor meet we've had since I've been at Tennessee," UT
head coach Myrtle Ferguson said. "We've never had that many people on the
NCAA list. It's a big step for us because it shows we're getting better and
Lady Vols track shines
Published: Tue Feb 09, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:45 p.m.