CARSON, Calif. — University of Tennessee freshman sprinter Cleo Tyson won her second junior national title in as many days, and sophomore Tianna Madison finished second in the senior division of the long jump late Friday night at the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships.
Because of those showings, both have earned the right to represent their country later this summer in international competition.
After winning a junior national championship in the 100-meter dash Thursday night at the Home Depot Center, Tyson came back on Friday to impressively secure the 200-meter title. After leading all competitors with a 23.43 run in the preliminary round, the Huntsville, Texas, native cruised to a 22.93 performance in the final to edge Alexandria Anderson of Firestarters Track Club (22.96) for top honors.
Tyson has now qualified to compete in both sprint events at the Pan American Junior Athletics Championships in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, on July 28-31.
Madison, meanwhile, tied Nike's Grace Upshaw with a best jump of 21 feet, 11 3/4 inches, but the UT indoor and outdoor record-holder was relegated to second-place and suffered her first defeat of the 2005 outdoor campaign. Upshaw's second-best jump was an inch farther, so she was awarded victory. Both athletes, however, earned the honor of representing the United States at the IAAF World Championships, which will be contested Aug. 6-14 in Helsinki, Finland.
Madison nearly missed out on the international opportunity. The NCAA Indoor and Outdoor champion in 2005 and the current U.S. leader sailed to her best measurement on her final attempt of the competition to match Upshaw, a veteran of the 2004 Olympiad in Athens, Greece.
Former Tennessee standout Dee Dee Trotter earned a trip to the IAAF World Championships Saturday, as she raced to a second-place finish in the 400-meter dash.
Trotter, who gave up her final collegiate season of eligibility in 2005 in order to run professionally, rolled to a career-best time of 49.88. Running for adidas, the 2004 NCAA Outdoor 400m champion finished just behind Nike's Sanya Richards (49.28) and will join the ex-Texas All-American in representing the United States at the World Championships.
In the 800-meter semifinals, meanwhile, Lady Vol senior Antoinette Gorham saw her season come to a close. Her 2:08.75 readout placed her 13th.
Several Lady Vols strong at USA Championships
Published: Tue Jun 28, 2005