Junior thrower Diane Slinden had her best performance of the season in the shot put, placing seventh to lead the University of Tennessee women's track and field contingent Saturday at the Gator Invitational at Florida's O'Connell Center.
The Menomonie, Wis., product posted the second best day of her career indoors, tossing the ball 46-0/14.02m to make the finals and hold on for a top-seven finish. Her best effort of the afternoon came on her second throw and outdistanced her previous longest heave of the day of 45-3.75/13.81m. That mark came on her first try. In the 400m, sophomore 800m ace Kameisha Bennett worked on her speed today by running the open 400m. Her result was a personal best of 56.18 to garner 10th-place honors.
Erin Anderson had a personal best of her own in the mile run, dropping her time from 5:12.54 to 5:05.83 to finish 14th.
Anderson came back about an hour and a half later to record her second personal best of the day. Her 2:21.34 clocking in the 800 meters was an improvement over her 2:23.51 effort at last weekend's Pepsi/Walker Invitational in Johnson City.
In field event action, Mandy Bergey was not able to post a fifth-consecutive PR in the pole vault, settling for a clearance of 11-6.25/3.51m to finish fifth. Meanwhile, Erica Tittsworth managed a leap of 18-9.25/5.72m in the long jump to take 12th.
Six UT representatives were in action in the 200m, and three of them earned PRs. Rashida Dodson was UT's top finisher, crossing the line 24th overall in 25.19.
The Lady Vols will split up next weekend and compete at two separate meets. Selected distance performers will travel to Indianapolis for the Cannon IV Classic, while the remainder of the team will return to Blacksburg, Va., for the second time this season for the Pepsi Invitational at Virginia Tech.