Dee Dee Trotter's effort in a runner-up finish in the 400-meter dash highlighted a trio of All-America performances by University of Tennessee women Saturday night on the final day of the NCAA championships.
The team compiled 12 points, which were four more than the program had garnered the last three years combined.
Trotter took second in the 400, Nicole Cook was sixth in the 800 and Sharon Dickie finished eighth in the 5000 as the threesome collected All-America acclaim and tallied 12 points to put Tennessee in a tie for 22nd place.
It marked UT's highest point total and finish at the outdoor meet since 1999.
"Dee Dee Trotter stunned a lot of people today with her time in the 400, I believe she's arrived," Clark said.
LSU seized yet another team title, accumulating 64 points to best Texas (5,0) and SEC foe South Carolina (4,7).
Trotter introduced herself to the nation on collegiate track's grandest stage. After making the turn toward the home stretch in what appeared to be fourth or fifth place, the UT record-holder stormed down the final straightaway and nearly caught Texas phenom Sanya Richards at the wire, finishing 8/100ths of a second behind, but lowering her Lady Vol standard yet again (50.66).
Cook finished sixth in the 800 and recorded a time of 2:04.02 to earn her sixth career All-America citation.
Finally, it was Dickie's turn in the night's longest event. The senior was aiming to become the first Lady Vol in program history to earn All-America status for both indoors and outdoors in the 5000 meters.
She got the job done and chipped in a point to UT's team total with an eighth-place time of 16:23.15.
For posting the second fastest time of her career, she picked up a bookend All-America plaque to go with the indoor hardware she earned for also finishing eighth in 2001.
While Dickie and NCAA pole vaulter Christie Elwin watch their Lady Vol careers come to a close, Cook and Trotter will remain in California and compete for another week to compete in the USATF Championships in Palo Alto.
Lady Vols finish strong at NCAA finals
Published: Tue Jun 17, 2003 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 05:10 p.m.