Heidi Magill transfers to UT

Heidi Magill, an All-American middle distance runner on the track and an NCAA All-Mountain Region performer in cross country at BYU, is transferring to the University of Tennessee. She will be able to compete for the Big Orange beginning in the fall and will have two years of eligibility remaining at UT.

Magill, who hails from Orem, Utah, will bolster a Big Orange cross country program that has won four of the past five NCAA South Regional titles and three of the past five SEC Championships as well as making it to the NCAA Championship meet five years in a row. She will also strengthen a track & field program that won an NCAA Indoor National Championship in 2005 and claimed SEC Indoor trophies in 2005 and 2007.

"We are very fortunate to add Heidi Magill to our program," Coach J.J. Clark said. "Her talents are very well known in our sport, and her range is wide, allowing her to run everything from a 400 on a 4x4 to a time that is nearly enough to earn All-America honors in cross country. She will add a great deal of needed depth and consistency to our team.

"I've had a chance to spend some time with her, and she has displayed great character and confidence. Those are the kinds of attributes we are looking for in Lady Vols. We welcome her and look forward to her being a part of our program."

On the cross country team at BYU, Magill was sixth as a freshman and fourth as a sophomore at the NCAA Mountain Regional before redshirting in 2006. She charted a 58th-place finish at the NCAA Championships as a rookie and improved to 39th the second time around. Additionally, she was a two-time All-Mountain West Conference choice, earning MWC Runner of the Year acclaim in 2005 and MWC Freshman of the Year status in 2004. Her victorious 20:42.4 readout in 2005 was an MWC meet record.

On the oval, Magill was a two-time All-American as a freshman, finishing sixth in the mile at the 2005 NCAA Indoor Championships and taking fifth in the 1500m at the NCAA Outdoor meet. That season, she also won the 1500m and placed second in the 800m at the MWC Outdoor Championships before going on to take second in the 800m at USA Juniors (2:04.99) and the Pan Am Junior Championships (2:04.12).

After redshirting indoors and out in 2006, Magill returned to the track in 2007 and began working her way back toward the elite level she displayed as a rookie. Indoors, she was part of a league record-setting DMR unit and won the mile at the MWC Championships en route to All-MWC honors. Outdoors, she was second in the 1500m at both the MWC and West Regional and qualified for the NCAA Championships, where she was 20th.

She also anchored BYU's 4x1500m relay to a runner-up showing and ran the Cougars' first leg on a sixth-place 4x800m relay effort at the Penn Relays.

Magill, whose impressive list of personal bests includes 54.58 in the 400 meters, 2:04.12 in the 800 meters and 4:15.57 in the 1500 meters on the track and 20:32.8 for 6K in cross country, will join a strong Tennessee freshman class that includes spring throws signees Annie Alexander (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago), Brittany Napoli (Howell, N.J.) and Taylor Rotella (Knoxville, Tenn.) as well as fall recruits in sprinters Brittany Jones (Pompano Beach, Fla.) and Jeneba Tarmoh (Stockton, Calif.), and middle distance runner Brittany Sheffey (Bellport, N.Y.).

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