Rising University of Tennessee junior Cleo Tyson raced to victory in the 100-meter dash, and rising senior Leslie Treherne advanced to the finals of the 800m run Saturday at the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Under 23 Track & Field Championships at Félix Sánchez Stadium.
Tyson, from Huntsville, Texas, advanced to the final with an 11.45-second readout in the prelims and zipped down the straightaway in 11.25 to walk away with the gold medal. The Lady Vol, who finished eighth at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championships last month, held off fellow American Shalonda Solomon (11.30) as well as Puerto Rico’s Carol Rodriguez (11.40) to secure the win.
Rodriguez, who will be a junior at the University of Southern California, was fourth at the NCAA meet, while Solomon, a junior-to-be at South Carolina, was fifth in Sacramento. They joined Tyson in running the final with a slight 1.0 meters-per-second breeze at their backs.
Treherne, meanwhile, advanced to Sunday’s final in the 800m with a 2:09.63 mark that was the fastest in heat one. The Chesapeake, Va., product ranks second behind only heat two winner Alysia Johnson, who covered the distance in 2:09.52. Johnson, a rising junior from the University of California, was third at the recent NCAA meet, while Treherne was eighth.
Tyson continued her strong performance on Sunday when she helped the United States 4x100-meter relay unit claim gold Sunday at the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Under 23 Track & Field Championships at Félix Sánchez Stadium.
Tyson ran the second leg on the U.S. 4x1 quartet that zipped around the oval in a meet-best 43.53 seconds. The gold was Tyson’s second of the weekend, as Saturday she claimed victory in the 100m dash in a meet-record 11.25.
Aiding the American cause were Brooklynn Morris on the opener, Shareese Woods on the third leg and Shalonda Solomon on the anchor hitch. The U.S. easily defeated runner-up Puerto Rico, which was second in 46.60.
Treherne, meanwhile, came away with a fourth-place result in the final of the 800-meter run. She charted a time of 2:05.74 en route to that outcome on the meet’s final day.
Arrivals Delayed
Brent Vinson, one of Tennessee’s highest-rated football signees in the 2006 class, will not qualify academically and will enroll at Hargrave Military Academy next season.
Despite the delay, Vinson says he remains committed to Tennessee and hopes to enroll in January.
Alcoa High School running back Dustin Lindsey also will not qualify academically and will attend junior college next season.