With only two meets in the rearview mirror, Tennessee's third-ranked track and field team has begun penciling in its NCAA Indoor Championships qualifying list.
The Volunteers, courtesy of wins from pole vaulter Rocky Danners, 60-meter man Jonathan Wade and 400m specialist turned 200m man Gary Kikaya, added three more names to the provisional qualifier list Saturday at the Kroger Invitational held in Virginia Tech's Rector Fieldhouse.
Danners won the pole vault with a season-best, NCAA provisional clearance of 17-6 1/2, nearly a 10-inch improvement from last week's effort on the home runway.
Wade continued improvement in his young track career with a lifetime-best time of 6.70 to secure the 60m dash finals title.
Kikaya, the NCAA Outdoor 400m champion last year, dropped down a notch to win the 200m in 21.23.
Dickie starts off season well at Virginia Tech Kroger Invitational
Senior Sharon Dickie made an impressive 2003 debut Saturday afternoon at Rector Fieldhouse, placing second among collegians and third overall in the 3000 meters and leading the University of Tennessee women's track and field team on the final day of the Virginia Tech Kroger Invitational.
"It was a good start," Lady Vol coach J.J. Clark said. "We came out with four personal bests and an individual winner in Christie Elwin (pole vault on Friday). The next steps are to start qualifying people for nationals and begin preparing for the SEC meet. I look forward to seeing what we can do in Lexington next weekend."
The men and women will return to action Saturday, when they travel to the Southeastern Conference Challenge at Nutter Fieldhouse in Lexington, Ky.
Women's swimming falls to Northwestern
The No. 24 University of Tennessee women's swimming and diving team fell to the Northwestern Wildcats, 204.5-147.5, on Saturday. While UT lost the meet, the Lady Vol divers demonstrated their dominance, placing 1-2-3 on both the 1- and 3-meter springboards.
Sophomore Lauryn McCalley led the way for Tennessee on the three-meter springboard. McCalley won the event with a lifetime-best tally of 326.25.
UT senior Jaime Sanger claimed victory on the one-meter with a season-best total of her own, 298.35.
Tennessee returns to Knoxville for its final home meet of the season when it faces three-time national champion and third-ranked Georgia at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Student Aquatic Center.