Bill Webb's Tennessee track and field Vols will be split up this weekend, competing in three different events across the country.
Assistant coach George Watts and a quartet of Vols will compete in the adidas Boston Indoor Games at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center. Tennessee has never competed in the event.
Tennessee's distance medley relay team of Paul Cross, Jak Taylor, Frank Francois and Rob Cloutier were invited to the meet along with other collegiate distance powers for the Saturday night event.
"This is unquestionably the hottest distance medley relay in the country this weekend," Webb said. "We're going to try to have a really good time and move closer to qualifying for nationals. We'll be running on a fast track against some great competition."
Webb's decathletes - Blake Sabo, Alex Hritcu, Kevin Yeager and freshman Chris Helwick, will compete in the Clemson Heptathlon today and Saturday at the Tigers' new indoor facility.
"This is the first year for the heptathlon in the SEC," Webb said. "The Big Ten and Big 12 have been running it for years."
Fourteen more Vols will also travel to Kentucky's Rod McCravy Invitational today and Saturday.
Lady Vols travel north
The eighth-ranked Tennessee women's track and field team will be back in competition today and Saturday at the Penn State National Invitational in University Park, Pa.
The Lady Vols, who recorded one NCAA automatic qualifying time and seven provisional marks last Sunday, will try to enlarge their travel roster for the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., on March 12-13.
"We look forward to running at Penn State, stepping outside the conference and seeing some new faces," UT coach J.J. Clark said. "Penn State has good sprinters, and there are solid distance programs entered, so it should be a fun meet."
Among the highlights of the meet should be the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes, which will pit Penn State's Connie Moore against Lady Vol sprint standouts Tianna Madison, Toyin Olupona and Dee Dee Trotter.
Moore won the short sprint over Olupona in 2003 but could have a difficult time repeating, as Madison and Olupona rank third and fourth on the national list in that event.
Trotter, meanwhile, ranks second in the nation in the 200 meters , just ahead of the fifth-placed Moore. Trotter won the duel with Moore a year ago at the same meet.
Also looking to break onto the NCAA lists for UT are sophomore Brooke Novak in the mile run, Trotter in the 60m and 400m and Madison in the long jump as well as senior Lindsay Hyatt and redshirt freshman Mindy Sullivan in the 800 meters.