AUSTIN, Texas - Sophomore Diane Slinden, the lone woman representing the

University of Tennessee track and field team at the Texas Relays, placed

sixth in the shot put and 12th in the discus on Friday.

Slinden, a product of Menomonie, Wis., took sixth in the B section of the

university/college women's shot-put competition, recording a best heave of

45-5.25. Her top effort on the day, which was her third best of the season,

came on her second attempt. She opened with a throw of 44-4.25 and had a

throw of 44-8 before fouling on her final three tries.

Geraldine George of Abilene Christian took top honors with an effort of


In the discus competition, Slinden did not have one of her better days,

settling for a measurement of 142-11 on her second flip. Her other marks

included a foul on the first throw and a third toss of 140-9. Aretha Hill

of U.S. West Track Club was the top finisher at 193-6, while Bowling

Green's Lori Williams had the best collegiate mark at 166-10.

Slinden's best effort in the shot put came earlier this season at the Baldy

Castillo Invitational on March 25, when she registered a throw of 46-0.75.

In the discus, her career best is 172-0, while her season best of 170-0

came at the Arizona State University/USTCA Invitational on March 18.

Former Lady Vol Tracy Carrington was also in action on Friday, clearing

12-7.5 to tie for fourth in the pole vault competition with the University

of Arizona's Andrea Neary. Rhian Clarke of Houston won the competition with

a vault of 13-7.25.