A year ago, Tennessee sprinter Kelli White was the only member of her team

to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. This

season, the 60- and 200-meter dash automatic qualifier won't be going

alone.

Fellow senior captains Tracy Carrington (pole vault) and Maureen Ferris

(mile) will be joining her on March 5 and 6 at the RCA Dome in

Indianapolis.

The NCAA announced its list of qualifiers Monday evening and Carrington and

Ferris earned their first-ever trips to postseason competition. White,

meanwhile, merited her third straight indoor appearance.

At the 1998 indoor meet, she took fourth in the 55-meter dash (6.84

seconds) and seventh in the 200 meters (23.63) to earn a pair of

All-America certificates and single-handedly put UT in 31st place with

seven points.

"Those three have displayed a strong work ethic, consistency and

dedication, and it just so happens that they are our team captains," UT

head coach Myrtle Ferguson said. "It is a well-deserved honor and a right

they have worked hard to earn. I think they will perform well."

White is a senior and nine-time All-American from Oakland, Calif. The James

Logan High School product enters her final NCAA indoor competition ranked

fourth nationally in both events with top times of 7.24 (60m) and 23.52

(200m). In addition to last season's All-America honors at Indianapolis,

White also repeated national honors indoors in the 200 meters in 1997.

Carrington enters the meet with the eighth-highest vault in the nation and

owns the Lady Vol indoor record as well as facility records at Illinois and

Virginia Tech.

The Ft. Worth, Texas, native has a best clearance of 12-6 1/4, which she

achieved at the Kroger Collegiate Indoor Invitational in February. A

graduate of Ft. Worth Country Day, Carrington transferred to Tennessee

prior to the 1998 season after spending two seasons at the University of

Colorado as a distance runner.

As for Ferris, this opportunity appeared unlikely two seasons ago. Hailing

from Cleveland, Ohio, Ferris was forced to redshirt the 1997 indoor and

outdoor seasons due to plantar fascitis, a nagging injury that causes

extreme pain in the foot.

After taking a year off from track, she began running again in 1998 and has

earned her first trip to nationals. A product of Magnificat High School,

Ferris recorded the best mile time of her career at the Cannon IV Classic

in Indianapolis in February, circling the track in 4:47.81 to take fourth

against a top-notch field.

The meet begins Friday at 3:30 p.m.

UT golfers finish 11th in tourney

The University of Tennessee men's golf team slipped seven places to finish

11th after the final round of the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate. The Vols fired

rounds of 298-309-307--914 at Queen's Harbor and Yacht Club in

Jacksonville, Fla.

Sophomore Andy Brimer posted the best marks for the Orange and White with

scores of 73-77-75--225 to finish tied for 25th. Junior Derrick Centers

fired rounds of 73-78-76--227 to hold the second-best Vol score, tying for

34th.

The University of Florida took its second title of the season shooting only

one-over-par, 865. The Gators shot scores of 286-294-285 to put host North

Florida in second place by only one stroke, 291-298-277--866.

South Carolina (881), Florida Southern (898) and East Tennessee State (900)

rounded out the top five teams.

Florida's Steve Scott secured his title with rounds of 69-72-72--213,

three-under-par. North Florida's Kevin Mock, 72-73-69--214, and David

Bennett, 74-76-65--215, placed second and third for the individuals.

The Vols will travel to Tallahassee, Fla., for their inaugural appearance

at the Florida State Invitational March 9-10.