Lady Vol track legend Joetta Clark honored

Joetta Clark, one of the all-time greats in University of Tennessee Athletics history, has been named to 21-member U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Silver Anniversary Team as its selectee for the 800-meter run, the organization announced today.

The squad was chosen after the recent NCAA Outdoor meet in Sacramento by a panel of USTFCCCA coaches to commemorate 25 years of women competing at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships.

Clark, whose younger brother, J.J., is the decorated head women's track & field and cross country coach at Tennessee, competed at UT from 1981-84 and was a 15-time All-American, nine-time national champion and 10-time Southeastern Conference champ during her illustrious career in orange.

Inducted with the inaugural class into the Lady Vol Hall of Fame in 2001, Clark post-collegiately won 11 U.S. titles and competed in four Olympiads, including the 2000 Games, where she was coached by J.J. and was a member of the American 800m contingent along with her younger sister, Hazel Clark, and J.J.'s wife, Jearl Miles-Clark.

Selection to the Silver Anniversary Team is based on performances at the NCAA Division I Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which saw their genesis in 1982 at Provo, Utah. The team consists of the outstanding individuals in each event as well as the top coach and most successful school over the past 25 years.

Members of the team include: 100m (Angela Williams, USC), 200m (Dawn Sowell, LSU), 400m (Suziann Reid, Texas), 800m (Joetta Clark, Tennessee), 1500m (Suzy Favor, Wisconsin), 3000m steeplechase (Elizabeth Jackson, BYU), 5000m (Lauren Fleschman, Stanford), 10,000m (Amy Skieresz, Arizona), 100m hurdles (Virginia Powell, USC), 400m hurdles (Sheena Johnson, UCLA), 4x100m relay (LSU), 4x400m relay (Texas), long jump (Sheila Echols, LSU), triple jump (Sheila Hudson, California), high jump (Amy Acuff, UCLA), pole vault (Tracy O'Hara, UCLA), shot put (Regina Cavanaugh, Rice), discus (Seilala Sua, UCLA), hammer (Dawn Ellerbe, South Carolina), javelin (Valerie Tulloch, Rice), heptathlon (Jackie Joyner, UCLA).

Former LSU skipper Pat Henry was honored as top coach, and LSU was chosen as the best program of the first 25 years.


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