Competing on a splendid Saturday afternoon at Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium, the Tennessee track & field teams combined for nine event victories, including six in the higher-caliber “Showcase” races, on the final day of the 46th-annual Sea Ray Relays.
On a day in which 23 UT student-athletes were recognized on Senior Day, Ellen Wortham made her final home appearance one for the record books.
The local product from Maryville cruised to an NCAA-leading and meet-record-tying time of 55.93 seconds to win the Showcase 400m hurdles by three seconds. It marked the third-straight season she won that event at this meet, and she matched the 2005 effort of South Carolina’s Tiffany Ross-Williams to do it.
After running on UT’s victorious 4x400m relay and winning the long jump at 19-11 3/4, Wortham was named the Tony Wilson Award winner for women’s running events for the second year in a row. Wortham joins Aleen Bailey of South Carolina (2002, 2003) as the only two-time winners for running events. Pittsburgh’s Trecia Smith (1999, 2000) and Annie Alexander of Tennessee (2010, 2011) twice won the award for field events.... read the rest of the story by Subscribing now.