Plenty of Vols to ‘track’ as elite
Posted: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 9:09 pm
By: UT Sports Information
KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee will be well-represented by present and past members of the Big Orange track and field program this weekend at the USA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore.
Up to 10 current members of the program will be in action in Eugene — five of those student-athletes competing in the senior division and the other five taking part in the junior (under 20) competition.
As many as 11 former UT standouts could take part in the senior level meet, which will be televised by ESPN2, NBC and Universal.
Current team members taking part in the senior portion of the meet include Lady Vol junior Ellen Wortham, last year’s eighth-place finisher who enters ranked No. 5 in the 400-meter hurdles, as well as teammates junior Chanelle Price (800-meter) and senior Liz Costello (10,000-meter or 5,000-meter).
Lady Vol Brittany Sheffey (1,500-meter) received word of her acceptance into the championships late Monday night, while Vol Joe Berry (pole vault) is still awaiting word from USA Track and Field as to whether he has been accepted into the meet.
In the junior division, Lady Vols Kianna Ruff, Brittney Jackson and Ty-Vonna Johnson will all run the 800 meters, while Linda Hadfield competes in the pole vault.
Tavis Bailey, a transfer from Lenoir-Rhyne College who already has enrolled at UT, will compete in the men’s discus throw and represent the Vols as the seventh-ranked contestant.
Among former Tennessee standouts, Aries Merritt and Phoebe Wright enter with the highest profiles.
Merritt ranks No. 2 in the men’s 110-meter hurdles with a best time of 13.12, while Wright enters the meet with the No. 2 readout in the women’s 800-meter at 1:58.22.
Olympians Justin Gatlin and DeeDee Trotter also are among the top entrants in their events. Gatlin ranks fifth in the 100-meter race (9.97) and eighth in the 200-meter sprint (20.20), while Trotter is sixth in the 400-meter dash (51.36.).
Other former Vols expected at Hayward Field include Garland Porter in the hammer throw5, Chris Helwick in the decathlon, Rubin Williams in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and Evander Wells in the 200-meter. Wells is awaiting word as to whether he has been accepted into the 100-meter dash.
Former Lady Vol Jackie Areson is declared in both the 1,500 and 5,000 meters, while Kimarra McDonald is entered in the 800-meter. Celriece Law is awaiting confirmation in the 100-meter dash.