Kelli White and Maureen Ferris closed out the second day of the NCAA Indoor
Track and Field Championships with All-America honors, giving Tennessee its
first trio of individual indoor award winners since 1987.
Their contributions, along with those of All-American Tracy Carrington,
helped the Lady Vols tally six points and finish in a tie for 22nd place at
the RCA Dome.
It was their highest finish since an 18th-place result in 1995.
White took fifth in the 60-meter dash finals in 7.42 seconds, earning the
11th national accolade of her career, and fifth indoors. Her overall total
ties her with Jasmin Jones as the ninth-most decorated Lady Vol in UT track
and field history.
As for Ferris, the senior from Cleveland, Ohio, placed 10th in the mile
finals in 5:00.76, but was among the top eight Americans and thus, garnered
the first certificate of her career.
On Friday, Tennessee had All-America performances from two athletes, as
senior captains White and Carrington secured eighth-place finishes in the
200-meter dash and pole vault, respectively. Ferris, also a senior captain,
notched a personal best in the mile prelims, charting the seventh fastest
qualifying time in 4:45.12.
As for the Oakland, Calif., native, White rang up the 10th All-America
accolade of her career as she ran the 200 meters in a career-best 23.36.
Though she wasn't pleased with her place, White couldn't argue with the
personal record and improvement over last year's seventh-place result of
Earlier in the day, she checked in at 7.42 in the 60-meter dash finals to
earn a ticket to Saturday night's finals as the fifth-fastest
Carrington, meanwhile, brought home the first All-America certificate of
her career. The Ft. Worth, Texas, product sailed over a personal-best 12-7
1/2 to tie with seven others for the fifth-highest clearance of the
evening. However, she received eighth place based on her number of attempts
at previous altitudes.
She cleared 11-7 3/4 and 12-1 1/2 on her first tries, sailed over 12-7 1/2
on her second attempt and missed three times at 12-11 1/2.
The former distance runner at the University of Colorado became UT's second
vaulter to earn national distinction, following in the footsteps of 1998
outdoor honoree Leslie Henley.
In the final event of the evening on Friday, the distance medley relay unit
of freshman Sharon Dickie, Lesly Love, Janelle Briggs and Ferris crossed
the line in its slowest time of the season. The 11:49.12 reading placed the
contingent 12th out of as many teams.
Tennis squad has Big Ten's number
The Lady Vols tennis team recorded its sixth consecutive victory, and
its fourth against Big Ten Conference competition, with a 7-2 victory over
Illinois on Sunday in Champaign, Ill.
The win improves the Lady Vols to 8-2 overall (1-2 SEC), while Illinois
falls to 3-7 on the season.
Agnes Wiski, Dana Noel, Emily Woodside and Candy Reid won singles matches
for Tennessee. The Lady Vols also swept all three doubles matches in
notching the victory over the Illini.
Tennessee will next be in action on Tuesday when they host Mississippi
State at the UT Varsity Courts at 2 p.m.
Lady Vols earn track honors
Published: Tue Mar 09, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:47 p.m.