Tennessee's track and field program kept its Olympic pipeline open for the

2000 Games courtesy of performances by Lawrence Johnson, Tom Pappas and

Tony Cosey at the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials in Sacramento,


Johnson won the pole vault with a 19-1 1/2 clearance on July 16.

Pappas took top honors in the decathalon with 8,467 points on Friday. While

he did not claim first in any one event, his ability to perform at a

consistently high level wrote his ticket to the Olympic Games.

Pappas finished second in five events - shot put, high jump, 110M hurdles,

pole vault and javelin. He finished third in the other two events - 100M

dash and the long jump.

Cosey grabbed the final Sydney berth by clocking in at 8:21:41 in the

steeplechase Thursday.

The quest to compete in Sydney didn't end as well for other former


Dawane Wallace, Tennessee's second-fastest hurdler, missed qualifying for a

spot on the U.S. team by .03 of a second. Wallace clocked a 13.22 in the

finals to take fourth.

In the discus, former Vol Kevin Fitzpatrick took 10th with a throw of


Three Volunteers will compete for the U.S. team in Sydney in September.

Tennessee placed an all-time high of five current or former athletes on the

1992 team. More recently, three Vols made the 1996 team.

With the exception of the 1988 Games in Seoul, South Korea, Tennessee has

had a representative on each U.S. team since 1976.


With a 79-24 win over Malaysia, the Jones Cup team finished undefeated in

the tournament to take first place.

The team, which included four players who competed in the national

championship game, including Lady Vol Michelle Snow, plowed through their


While going 4-0 in tournament play, the team defeated China 85-53, Korea

73-49 and Japan 83-80.

In the final game, the U.S. opened on an 8-0 run and Malaysia was never a


At the half, the Jones Cup team led 38-14.

The dominating performance did not end there, as the team went on a 10-0

run to start the second half.

Snow saw 22 minutes of action in the final game and made her presence known

by pulling down 11 rebounds.

Her 11 rebounds nearly equaled Malaysia's team total of 18.

During the competition, Snow averaged 19 minutes per game. She pulled down

21 total rebounds, three blocks and knocked down seven points per


With this gold-medal performance, the United States now has nine gold, four

silver and four bronze finishes in its history.