Lynne Layne to run 100-m for USA

Tennessee freshman Lynne Layne, who last month won the 100-meter dash at the Finish Line USA Junior Track & Field Championships, will trade in her orange singlet for a red, white and blue one Friday, as she represents the United States at the Pan American Junior Athletics Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Layne, from New Rochelle, N.Y., is part of a U.S. contingent of 70 athletes - 35 women and 35 men - that will be competing July 6-8. South Carolina assistant Delethea Quarles is head coach of the women's team, while Illinois aide Tonya Buford-Bailey coaches the sprint area.

The Tennessee standout earned the right to run the 100 meters and 200 meters after winning the shorter race and taking second in the longer one two weeks ago in Indianapolis. Layne, however, will focus on the 100 meters in Brazil.

She is slated to run in the prelims at 1:15 p.m. Eastern Time Friday, while the final is scheduled for 3:35 p.m. ET.

ACADEMIC HONORS: Tennessee senior Katie Flaute has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Team. A first-time recipient of that national honor, the Lady Vol harrier was a second-team selection with her 3.92 grade point average in exercise science.

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Flaute last month made the ESPN The Magazine All-District IV squad for the third straight season after earning second-team honors as a redshirt freshman. Nominees must have sophomore academic standing or above, a year of residency at the school and possess at least a 3.20 GPA.

In addition to her ESPN The Magazine accomplishments, Flaute is a five-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member. Athletically, she is a three-time All-SEC cross country selection, a three-time All-South Region honoree on the trails and a four-time NCAA Cross Country Championships qualifier.

One of only three Lady Vols in program history to accomplish that last feat, she helped Tennessee win four NCAA South Region titles and three SEC Championships in cross country during her stay in Knoxville.

During her track & field career, Flaute was a six-time SEC scorer on the oval, covering 3000 through 10,000 meters. She helped the team win the 2005 and 2007 SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships. UT's previous academic All-Americans in track & field have included Linda Portasik (1982), Patty Wiegand (1989), Leslie Henley (1998) and Christina Billings (2003).


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