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    Ole Miss's SEC champs site. Nothing about their new facility. This is what I'm talking about. ... edule.html

    Below is story from Knoxville paper, probably written by Mike Strange, who does a great job. But it appears that the paper didn't send him to Oxford for the meet. Looks like I'll have to write another stinging email to sports editor John "We're Trying To Cut Back" Adams. ;-)

    UT's Smith shatters SEC record
    Arkansas rolls to 12th title

    By News Sentinel staff
    May 17, 2004

    Leigh Smith went out with a bang Sunday at his last SEC outdoor track and field championships. And Paul Cross came in with a bang.

    Boosted by victories from a senior and a freshman, Tennessee's men finished fourth with 108 points as the nation's top track and field conference closed its meet at the Ole Miss Track and Field Complex in Oxford, Miss.

    Arkansas dominated the title race with 183 points, winning the outdoor title for the 12th time in 13 years since joining the SEC.

    Florida (120) was second and Georgia (115) third.

    Smith, no surprise, won his third SEC javelin title in four years, but this was his best. He shattered the school and SEC meet record with a throw of 257 feet, 10 inches.

    Smith's throw was a personal best by 8 feet. Only one other American, four-time U.S. champion Breaux Greer, has thrown farther this season.

    Smith broke the meet record set by one of his mentors, Tom Pukstys of Florida, in 1990.

    The UT record, 254-4, by John Richardson had stood since 1990.

    Cross, a rookie from Pembroke Pines, Fla., stole the 800-meter race, running the best time of his young career, 1:46.60. Defending champion Marc Sylvester was third in a season-best 1:47.01 as the Vols picked up 16 points.

    The Vols got a second-place finish from Brett Frykberg in the high jump at 6-103/4. Sean Lambert was third in the 100 meters at 10.37, breaking up a 1-2-4 Arkansas finish.

    Freshman Aries Merrit was third in the 110 hurdles and seventh in the 400 hurdles.

    Jeremy Burton, another freshman who just became eligible prior to the meet, took sixth in the 400 hurdles.

    The Vols also scored in the 200, with Jonathan Wade fifth and Lambert sixth.

    As for the relays, the 4x100 unit finished fourth, ending a three-year run as champions. The 4x400 team was also fourth.

    Tennessee was in a nip-and-tuck battle with Florida for second place until the next-to-last running event, the 5,000 meters. The Gators earned five points and Georgia got 13 from three scorers to drop the point-less Vols to fourth.

    The final event was the 4x400 relay and Florida won it to clinch second place.

    It was the UT men's lowest finish since they were fourth in 1998.

    LSU finished fifth with 93 points.

    Arkansas was too much, at almost every turn. In addition to their traditional distance dominance, the Razorbacks ruled the sprints.

    Tyson Gay, a junior-college transfer, won the 100 and 200 and helped Arkansas win the 4x100 relay. The Razorbacks went 1-2 in both the 100 and 200.

    Senior Alistair Cragg, one of the greatest SEC distance men of all time, recovered from his 10,000-meter win Friday to win the 1,500 and the 5,000.

    The Vols got three points from Jeff Trembley of Maryville in the pole vault. The sophomore finished sixth, his first score at an SEC meet.

    Women Sixth: The Lady Vols wound up sixth with 78.5 points as Arkansas (124) won its third SEC title and ended Florida's two-year reign.

    The highlights for Tennessee were second-place finishes in the 400 by Dee Dee Trotter and in the 800 by Kameisha Bennett.

    The Lady Vols piled up 17 points in the 800 with three scorers. Bennett, the fifth-year senior, lowered her personal-best to 2:02.53 in finishing second behind Mississippi State's Tiffany McWilliams. Nicole Cook was third (2:03.21) and Leslie Treherne got sixth.

    In the 400, defending-champion Trotter was beaten by LSU's Hazelann Regis despite running an impressive 50.69, the second-fastest time in school history behind her NCAA runner-up clocking last year.

    The middle-distances were UT's strength. Brooke Novak took third in the 1,500 with a strong personal-best and Lindsay Hyatt took fifth.

    However, the Lady Vols got only two points from the three short sprints: 100, 200, 100 hurdles. They also didn't score in any of the day's three field events.

    Veronica Campbell of Arkansas won the 100 and 200.