Trotter posts world best

Lady Vol junior Dee Dee Trotter rocketed to victory in the 200-meter dash with the world's fastest time in 2004, breaking the school record and earning an automatic NCAA qualifying time Saturday afternoon, as the eighth-ranked UT women closed out the Penn State National Open in very impressive fashion.

Trotter, who already owned the UT outdoor mark in the 400 meters at 50.66, unleashed a scintillating 200 to out-duel Nike's Rachelle Boone and Penn State All-American Connie Moore with a world-leading time of 23.19. That mark, which bested Boone's 23.35 and Moore's automatic 23.43, enabled the Decatur, Ga., product to unseat previous global-leader Veronica Campbell of Arkansas, who ran a 23.28 on Jan. 23 to also pace the U.S. collegiate ranks.

Trotter's handiwork erases Sue Walton's 23.23 Lady Vol standard from the 1995 NCAA Championship meet in Indianapolis, Ind. It also wiped out Boone's previous record at PSU's Ashenfelter Indoor Track, which the former Indiana standout plated in 2002. Furthermore, it overshadowed career-best outings from her teammates, junior Toyin Olupona (Orillia, Ontario, Canada) and freshman Tianna Madison (Elyria, Ohio), who placed fourth and seventh, respectively, in 24.02 and 24.24.

''Dee Dee is obviously ahead of where she was last year, and that's very encouraging for her development,'' Head Coach J.J. Clark said. ''The time doesn't surprise me, because her short sprints have been going well. When those go well, it usually indicates you are capable of running a fast 200 time.

''She's a very talented, very gifted young lady. We are trying to develop her to be as good as she can be. In turn, that will help our team develop as well.''

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