Lady Vols quartet earns honors

For its come-from-behind triumph at last weekend's 113th running of the Penn Relays, the University of Tennessee women's distance medley relay team has earned Lady Vol Athlete of the Week honors, as chosen by the UT media relations staff.

The quartet of freshman Rose-Anne Galligan (County Kildare, Ireland), junior LaTonya Loche (Bastrop, La.), senior Leslie Treherne (Chesapeake, Va.) and sophomore Sarah Bowman (Warrenton, Va.) rolled to a time of 11 minutes, 9.16 seconds to win the distance medley relay Championship of America in front of an announced crowd of 23,996 at Philadelphia's Franklin Field last Thursday.

The victory was the Big Orange's third in that event at the meet, adding to titles won in 1983 and 2004.

The Penn Relays baton event victory was the fifth during the Clark era and the 13th overall for the Lady Volunteers. The clocking, which was good enough to topple 10-time victor, defending champion and home-standing Villanova (11:10.19), ranked as the fifth fastest in school history.

After Galligan, Loche and Treherne provided their anchor with a solid lead, Bowman ran conservatively and afforded Villanova's Frances Koons a window of opportunity to get back into the race.

With the home fans cheering her on wildly, Koons did just that, overtaking the Lady Vol standout on the penultimate lap. Bowman stayed on the Villanova runner's hip, though, and with 120 meters to go began a kick that would slingshot her past Koons and down the homestretch to her fourth personal Penn Relays prize to go along with a sprint medley crown a year ago and high school mile titles in 2004 and 2005.

UT's relay splits were 3:26.0 for Galligan's 1200m leg, 52.9 for Loche's 400m hitch, 2:08.8 for Treherne's 800m turn and 4:41.4 for Bowman's 1600m anchor leg.


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