University of Tennessee women's track and field head coach Myrtle Ferguson

has announced the signing of three athletes to scholarships for the

2000-2001 academic year, bringing the total of newcomers to seven.

Slated to join the Lady Vol program in the fall are freshmen distance

runners Jess Southers and Renn Watkins, and transfer sprinter Aoife

Hearne.

Southers, a graduate of Russell High School in Ashland, Ky., was a

four-time all-conference and all-area selection in cross country and track,

as well as a three time all-state honoree. She established five school

records on her way to claiming state titles in both track and cross

country.

Watkins, meanwhile, was a two-time league MVP in cross country at Wake

Forest-Rolesville High School in Wake Forest, N.C. On the track, she was a

two-time 1600m and 800m champion in the conference, as well as finishing

second in both at state as a senior.

Hearne, originally of Waterford, Ireland, joins the team after two years at

the University of Rhode Island. While at Rhode Island, Hearne claimed the

Atlantic-10 55m dash title as a freshman and lost the title at the end in

2000 on a photo finish. The two-time All-Atlantic 10 selection twice earned

league Rookie of the Week distinction in 1998-99.

The trio joins fall signees Lindsay Eck of Beloit, Kan., Christina Clark of

Madison, Wis., Denita Miller of Liberal, Kan. and Amy Ranker of Liberal,

Kan.

FILSINGER SIGNS WITH BASEBALL VOLS

Head baseball coach Rod Delmonico announced the signing of pitcher Erik

Filsinger from Germantown High School in Germantown, Tenn.

The signing of Filsinger brings the total to 12 signees for the 2001

season.

The hard-throwing rightie, who has a fastball clocked in the 91-94 mph

range, compiled a 5-3 mark as a senior with a 2.89 ERA as Germantown

reached the state semifinals. He was named all-region and all-metro while

being ranked as the No. 5 senior in the Shelby-Metro area by The

Commercial Appeal.

While attending Houston High School as a junior in 1999, he posted a

1.93 ERA while batting .333 as an outfielder as he helped his team reach

the state semifinals.

He chose Tennessee over Texas, Mississippi State and Kentucky.