Outdoor track championships

Tennessee women's track & field program will have a presence in Indiana this weekend, as the AT&T USA Outdoor Championships and the Finish Line USA Junior Outdoor Championships are held at Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium on the campus of Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

The Lady Volunteers will have one competitor in action in the Finish Line USA Junior Championships, as freshman Lynne Layne takes part in both the 100 and 200 meters. She will be vying for a spot on the U.S. team that will compete in the Pan American Junior Championships, July 6-8, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Current UT performer, sophomore Sarah Bowman, will be in action at the AT&T USA Outdoor Championships. She is slated to run the 1500 meters and will be seeking to earn a position on the U.S. squad for either the Pan Am Games (July 22-29 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), the IAAF World Championships (Aug. 25-Sept. 2 in Osaka, Japan) or the NACAC Championships (July 13-15 in San Salvador, El Salvador).

Layne faces up to four races at the meet including opening round and finals races in the 100m on Thursday (12:10 p.m./2:20 p.m.) and the same two types of rounds in the 200m on Friday (11:05 a.m./2:30 p.m.). Bowman, meanwhile, is scheduled for a first round 1500m race at 5:50 p.m. on Thursday and hopes to advance to Saturday's 2:26 p.m. final.

Bowman was a three-time SEC Indoor champ during the 2007 season, winning the mile and 3000 meters and anchoring UT to victory in the distance medley relay. She earned All-America acclaim indoors in both the mile and DMR and was bestowed that honor outdoors in the 1500 meters.

Layne, meanwhile, picked up her first collegiate All-America nod as part of UT's outdoor 4x100m relay quartet and was an NCAA Outdoor participant in both the 100 and 200 meters.

Three ex-UT All-Americans and NCAA champions also are slated for duty in the AT&T meet along with Bowman. The list includes 11-time All-American and two-time NCAA champ Nicole Cook in the 800 meters, 2005 world champion, six-time All-American and two-time NCAA champ Tianna Madison in the long jump and 2004 Olympic gold medalist, eight-time All-American and 2004 NCAA champ Dee Dee Trotter in the 400 meters.

Tennessee Head Coach J.J. Clark also will have four other Knoxvillians that he coaches competing as well. The group includes his sister, two-time Olympian Hazel Clark in the 800 meters, and former U.S. champ Treniere Clement in the 1500m, alongside Mary Jane Harrelson and Natalie Hughes.

Portions of the meet will be televised by ESPN2 and NBC. The TV schedule includes: June 22, 8-9 p.m., ESPN2; June 23, 2-3 p.m., NBC; June 23, 7-8 p.m., ESPN2; June 24, 1-3 p.m., NBC.


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