After charting a reaction time of 2.11 in running 11.53 in the prelims, Layne was out of the starting blocks in 1.76 in the final. That initial burst helped the Big Orange rookie shatter her previous personal record of 11.31, which she established at the USA Junior Championships two weeks ago.
Layne's mark also tied for the third-best ever run by a Lady Vol in the 100 meters. Only Cleo Tyson (11.10, 2006 NCAA Mideast Regional) and Kelli White (11.20, 1999 NCAA Championships) ran faster. Tyson also logged an 11.24 readout at the 2006 SEC Championships.
In addition to matching Tyson's 11.24 clocking, Layne also followed in her teammate's footsteps by claiming gold at the Pan Am Junior meet for the U.S. During her freshman season of 2005, Tyson also pulled off the same feat and went on to aid a gold-medal-winning American 4x100m relay unit as well. Layne, however, is not expected to run on the 4x1 this week as the U.S. utilizes fresh legs on its baton tandems.
"I am so very proud of Lynne for the great job she has done," UT Head Coach J.J. Clark said. "It is really impressive that she has run so well so late in the season. The fact she's run this consistently makes me believe there is more to Lynne Layne in the future. As it is, she has just put a cap on a great freshman year."