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
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.
U.S. JONES CUP TEAM TAKES GOLD IN TAIWAN
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.
Men's track sending others to Olympics
Published: Tue Jul 25, 2000 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 02:16 p.m.