Track & field team heads to Nebraska

The University of Tennessee women's track & field team, ranked 11th in this week's USTFCCCA Poll and 13th in the Trackwire 25, heads to Lincoln, Nebraska, this weekend to compete in the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational. The meet is scheduled to take place Friday and Saturday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on the University of Nebraska campus.

The Lady Volunteers are coming off a strong performance at the Penn State National Invitational last weekend, where they recorded 16 marks that met the NCAA provisional qualifying standard.

They will attempt to continue that surge of momentum in the Cornhusker State, as they face a field that includes ranked programs Iowa (18th/14th), Kansas State (15th/12th), Nebraska (19th/NR), Oregon (16th/18th) and Washington State (NR/18th).

Head Coach J.J. Clark is slated to take a squad of 23 athletes to Lincoln, including the current Southeastern Conference Female Runner of the Week, Katie Van Horn.

The sophomore from Glendora, N.J., is coming off a victorious performance in the 5000 meters last weekend at PSU, where she logged a career-best and SEC-leading time of 16 minutes, 34.09 seconds that was, at the time, first nationally on the NCAA provisional qualifying list. As of Thursday, she led the SEC in that event and ranked fifth among collegiate women.

In addition to Van Horn's placement on the national list, Tennessee can boast seven other athletes in seven different individual events and one relay (DMR) earning NCAA provisional qualification.

Junior Courtney Champion continues to lead the collegiate ranks in the 60-meter dash with an automatic time of 7.26, and she is closely trailed by teammate Cleo Tyson, who is tied for third in the NCAA with a provisional clocking of 7.28.

Also qualified provisionally are Champion (23.56) and Tyson (23.65) in the 200 meters, sophomore Sarah Bowman and senior Leslie Treherne in the 800 meters at 2:08.18 and 2:08.82, respectively; Bowman in the mile (4:43.08), freshman Nia Ali and sophomore Celriece Law in the 60m hurdles at 8.21 and 8.37, respectively; Law in the triple jump (41-9 1/4) and junior Shanna Dickenson in the weight throw (62-10 1/2).

Tennessee also has qualified one of its two relays and two additional athletes for the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville , Ark. , on March 9-10.

The distance medley relay quartet of freshman Rose-Anne Galligan, junior LaTonya Loche, Treherne and Bowman uncorked a provisional time of 11:14.01 at Penn State last weekend that stands as the number three readout in the land and tops in the SEC.

The strongest possibilities of joining the qualifying list this weekend include junior Loche in the 400 meters, senior Katie Flaute and Van Horn in the 3000 meters, sophomore Alicia Essex in the pole vault, sophomore Brittany Daniels in the triple jump and the combination of Champion, Loche, Treherne and Tyson in the 4x400m relay.

All but Law are slated to make the trek to the Husker Invitational, where the Devaney Center's hydraulic banked track will offer a similar venue to what the Lady Vols excelled on last Friday and Saturday. Action gets underway at 7 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday and 1 p.m. ET on Saturday.


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