Tracy Carrington was the star of the show on Friday night, but it was
fellow senior and captain Kelli White who took center stage on Saturday, as
both athletes headlined the University of Tennessee women's track and field
team's performance at the Pepsi Indoor Invitational at Virginia Tech's
Rector Field House.
A native of Oakland, Calif., White turned in an impressive performance on
the final day of the meet, taking first in the 200-meter dash, second in
the 60-meter dash and anchoring the 4x400-meter relay unit to second place
to lead the Lady Vols. White met the NCAA provisional qualifying standard
in the 200 meters at 23.70 seconds and recorded a season-best time to win.
In the 60-meter dash, the nine-time All-American matched her prelims time
of 7.36 to provisionally qualify and grab second-place honors in the short
In Saturday's final event, White joined Lesly Love, Erica Witter and
Janelle Briggs to navigate the oval in 3:42.34. On the anchor leg, White
took the baton well behind first-place George Mason University and closed
the gap before being fought off down the stretch by the victors, who won in
a time of 3:42.25.
Other top performances on the second day included freshman Sharon Dickie,
who was third in the 3000 meters in a personal record 9:49.46; Maureen
Ferris, who was fifth in the mile in a personal best 4:56.18; and Erica
Witter, who crossed the line fifth in the 200 meters in 24.41.
Also notching personal bests were Diane Slinden (shot), Angie Pothier
(3000m) and Frenke Bolt (60-meter hurdles).
Friday, on the other hand, belonged to Carrington. The Ft. Worth, Texas,
native made it two weeks in a row that Lady Vols have established school
and track records there in the vault. The senior tied Beth Gehring's
week-old mark by sailing over 11-9 3/4 on her first try and then cleared
12-1 1/2 on her first attempt for a new personal best, a UT record, and a
Rector Field House best.
Carrington also improved her NCAA provisional qualifying stock and earned
herself a trip to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Feb. 26-27 for the USA Track
and Field Championships with her first-place performance.
Carrington's outing wasn't the only impressive showing by UT on day one, as
the distance medley relay quartet of Ferris, Love, Briggs and Dickie
circled the track in a sixth-place time of 11:48.31. That was the
sixth-fastest indoor reading ever in that event by a Lady Vol
Lady Vols impress track crowd at Virginia Tech
Published: Mon Jan 25, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:52 p.m.