The final tally is in, and the UT women's track and field program has added another impressive performance to last weekend's NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.
The Lady Vols, who finished fourth in the team standings and posted the school's highest outcome in 17 seasons, collected 13 All-America certificates at the two-day meet to tie the UT women's record for the most ever produced in NCAA Indoor competition.
The mark ties the 1984 squad, which also received 13 citations as it finished second at the NCAA Indoor Championship meet in Oklahoma City. The 1981 Tennessee team, however, holds the overall standard for indoor national meets, having piled up 15 en route to the Lady Vols' second-place effort at the AIAW Championships in Pocatello, Idaho.
Still, the modern day record gave second-year coach J.J. Clark additional satisfaction from his club's display in Fayetteville, Ark., on March 12-13.
"Everyone we brought to the meet who competed (eight athletes) came back as All-Americans," Clark said. "That's very gratifying. We had some make it for the first time, and others were duplicating past achievements.
"It's good to see the progress of our team reflected in our performances and these awards."
Earning three All-America certificates apiece were juniors Nicole Cook and Dee Dee Trotter. Cook won the 800 meters, Trotter took third in the 400 meters and each ran legs on UT's national champion distance medley relay and fourth-place 4x400-meter relay.
Cook and Trotter now have been named All-Americans nine and six times, respectively, in their Lady Vol careers.
Senior Lindsay Hyatt snared a pair of honors and brought her career total to five. The transfer from Stanford anchored the Tennessee distance medley to victory and matched the DMR trophy she helped Stanford win as a freshman in 2000.
Though Hyatt missed making the finals in the mile by one spot and finished 11th overall, as one of the top-eight Americans in the event, she was thus accorded All-America status.
Junior Kameisha Bennett, freshman Leslie Treherne and sophomore Brooke Novak earned their kudos via relays. Bennett garnered her third career All-America citation via the 4x400m relay, as did first-time honoree Treherne, while Novak charted her initial award as the opening leg of the DMR.
Bennett's prior A-A recognition came via the 4x4 as well, as the 2002 quartet she ran on placed sixth indoors and fourth outdoors.
Gaining individual attention and All-America esteem for the first time were junior Toyin Olupona and freshman Tianna Madison. Olupona rocketed to a second-place finish in the 60-meter dash, while Madison leaped to a fifth-place result in the long jump.
With the indoor season complete, Tennessee is now turning its attention to the outdoor portion of the schedule, which begins March 26 and 27 in Raleigh, N.C., at the Raleigh Relays.
Lucky 13: UT garners honors
Published: Thu Mar 18, 2004 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 05:56 p.m.