Those with Tennessee ties fare well Sunday at U.S. Olympic trials

June 29, 2008

Women's Athletics:
Omaha, Neb. -- Lady Vol senior Christine Magnuson posted the best time (57.50) in Sunday's semifinals of the 100 meter butterfly. She is one of eight that will swim tomorrow night in the finals. If Magnuson finishes in the top 2, she will make the U.S. Olympic team.

Former Lady Vol swimmer Jaque Fessel did not advance out of her preliminary heat in the 100 meter butterfly

Track and Field
EUGENE, Ore. -- Former University of Tennessee standout Dee Dee Trotter took care of business in the opening round of the 400-meter dash Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field.

Trotter, the bronze medalist at the 2004 Olympic Trials and fifth-place finisher at the Olympics that season, cruised to a readout of 51.97 seconds to win heat four and advance to Monday’s 10:10 p.m. ET semifinal round. Her time was the sixth fastest of the qualifiers.

In addition to Trotter competing on Monday, former Lady Vols Tianna Madison and Kameisha Bennett-Martin will be in action. Madison will take part in the long jump qualifying round at 10:05 p.m., while Bennett-Martin will aim for her first Olympic Team berth in the finals of the 800 meters at 11:15 p.m. ET. Bennett-Martin was fourth at the Trials in 2004.

Men's Athletics:
Track and Field
Tennessee senior Jangy Addy finished the first day of the decathlon in fourth place Sunday at the US Olympic Trials at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field in Eugene.

“It was a really solid first day for Jangy,” head coach Bill Webb said. “He’s in fourth place among the best decathletes in the United States.”

Addy, a four-time All-America and two-time defending SEC decathlon champion, scored 4,249 points during the first five events of the decathlon. The Norcross, Ga., native began his day with a season-best-tying 10.77 clocking in the 100 before long jumping 23-7 1/2. Addy went on to finish second in the shot put with his 51-3 1/2 mark before tying his season-best clearance of 6-5 in the high jump. The Vols’ team captain ended his day with a 48.61 clocking in the 400.

“It was a solid first day, nothing too high and nothing too low,” Addy said. “I didn’t have any standout events, but I didn’t have any terrible events either, so I stayed consistent.”

Former Vol All-America and current school-record holder Tom Pappas sits third after the first day of decathlon competition with 4,405 points. The 1999 NCAA champion broke the meet record in the decathlon shot put by three feet with his 56-7 1/2 effort. Pappas began the day with a 10.90 clocking in the 100 and a meet-best 25-6 leap in the long jump before extending the meet record. After breaking the record, which had stood since Gary Kinder in 1988, Pappas cleared 6-5 in the high jump and ran 49.80 in the 400.

Yet another former Vol All-America lined up for the decathlon competition. Chris Helwick stands 12th after the first day with 3,910 points. Helwick, the school-record holder in the heptathlon, began his day with an 11.34 time in the 100 and a 22-11 leap in the long jump. He earned a mark of 45-3 1/2 in the shot put before high jumping 6-6 1/4 and running the 400 in 50.20.

Tim Mack, the 1995 NCAA indoor champion and three-time All-America while at Tennessee, finished sixth in the pole vault with his 18-0 1/2 clearance and will not be able to defend his Olympic gold medal from four years ago.

Day two action in the decathlon begins Monday at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time. In addition to the three decathletes, former Vol Garland Porter competes in the qualifying round of the hammer throw beginning at 10 p.m., while former Vol All-America and current volunteer coach Jebreh Harris runs in the 800 final at 11:25 p.m. The top-three finishers in each event that have reached the Olympic ‘A’ standard qualify to represent Team USA in this year’s Summer Olympics in Beijing, China. Live results can be found at, and the USA Network has two hours worth of coverage beginning at 11 p.m.

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