Lady Vols Win Third SEC Indoor Track & Field Title in Five Seasons
Courtesy: Eric Trainer, Tennessee Sports Information
March 1, 2009
LEXINGTON, Ky. – For the third time in the past five seasons, the University of Tennessee women’s track & field team stands atop the league. The second-ranked Lady Volunteers calmly clinched the victory in the second heat of the final event, extinguishing any lingering drama and extending the program’s odd-year run of glory at the SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships on Sunday at Nutter Field House.
Needing to finish no worse than fifth, and running in heat two of a three-section final of the 4×400-meter relay, the quartet of Chanelle Price, Brittany Jones, Kimarra McDonald and Phoebe Wright navigated the oval in three minutes, 39.57 seconds to win heat two with a time also faster than any team in heat one. With only four squads running in the final, including second-place LSU, it meant the Tigers could not overtake UT in the team point standings, even if they won the event.
Tennessee’s final tally of 111 points gave J.J. Clark’s squad SEC Indoor crown number three in a line that started with trophies in 2005 and 2007, as well as the program’s sixth-straight top-three finish at the meet. UT also won the inaugural meet in 1984.
LSU, which wound up fourth in the final heat of the 4×4, finished second with 105 points after beating Team Orange for the league trophy in 2008. Arkansas was third with 97, followed by Florida (94), South Carolina (57), Auburn (54), Kentucky (49.50), Ole Miss (32), Mississippi State (28), Alabama (26.50), Georgia (14) and Vanderbilt (5).