Not since Feb. 25 at the SEC Indoor Championships had University of Tennessee pole vaulter Christie Elwin eclipsed the 12-foot mark in competition. That six-meet swoon by the defending SEC outdoor champion came to a satisfying end late Saturday night as s
he met the NCAA provisional qualifying standard with a 12-6/3.81-meter clearance at the Mt. SAC Relays.
Competing at Mt. San Antonio College's Hilmer Lodge Stadium, Elwin parlayed a strong week of practice into a successful venture on the runway, tying for ninth place in the University/Open Division at one of the West Coast's most prestigious meets. The Ade
laide, Australia, sophomore's height matched that of 10 other competitors, and only five more cleared the next height of 13-1.75/4.01m. UCLA's Erica Hoerning took top honors by virtue of fewer misses along the way.
For Elwin, the mark tied her second-best clearance as a Lady Volunteer, settling in behind a 12-8.25/3.87m reading that earned her the 2000 SEC outdoor title, a share of the league mark and the UT outdoor record. The performance also signaled her return t
o the list of contenders for this year's conference title, which she will defend on May 10-13 in Columbia, S.C.
Sophomore Kameisha Bennett bounced back from a disappointing effort at the Sea Ray Relays last weekend to post her second-best outdoor 800-meter time as a collegian. The Dayton, Ohio, product crossed the line in 2:09.46 to place fourth in her section and
10th overall in the University/Open Division Saturday evening. Despite cranking out a season best, she missed her outdoor PR by a tenth of a second and was still around two seconds shy of the NCAA provisional.
Auburn first baseman Mary Petrie slugged a school-record three home runs, including the first of consecutive solo blasts in the sixth that broke a 3-3 stalemate, which lifted the Tigers to a 5-3 win over Tennessee.
After Petrie gave the hosts a one-run lead, senior Jen Kraemer ripped junior Nicole Borg's 3-2 offering over the right field fence for an insurance run. The triumph halted a 10-game losing skid for AU (24-26, 7-16 SEC) and prevented the Lady Vols (22-30/7
-15 SEC) from sweeping Saturday's doubleheader on the Plains.
The Lady Vol softball team claimed round one of its critical SEC series with Auburn on Saturday afternoon, as Tennessee plated four second-inning runs en route to a 7-2 caging of the Tigers. Sophomore Stephanie Humphrey (11-9) went all the way in the circ
le to notch her personal-best fourth win in a row and junior Adrianna Wilson slugged a pair of homers.