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
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
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
"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
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
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
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.
Three Lady Vols prepare for track championship
Published: Wed Mar 03, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:47 p.m.