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Pole Vaulter Sets Record

April 14, 2001

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Georgia pole vaulter Thorey Elisdottir won her ninth straight meet and set a Sea Ray Relays record Friday, and Tennessee’s Leonard Scott won two races with career-best times.

Elisdottir cleared 13 feet, 9 1/4 inches to break the meet and track record of 13-4 1/2 set in 1999 by Kristen Quackenbush.

Elisdottir, who set the nation’s best outdoor mark this season at 14-3 1/2 this month, attempted 14-4 but missed all three tries.

Scott matched his career best of 10.13 in the 100 set last month at the Baldy Castillo Invitational in Arizona and won the 200 in 20.38. His 10.13 is the second-fastest time this season. Kim Collins of TCU had a 9.99 in the Texas Relays.

``I think I could have run a whole lot faster. I ran a 10.13 in Arizona and that was bad run. I got out slow,″ Scott said. ``I’m tired of 10.13.″

He was more pleased with the 200 result.

``I didn’t expect to run that fast,″ Scott said.

Cydonie Mothersill of Clemson and Donica Merriman of Ohio State ran the nation’s fastest times this season in their events, and three-time Olympian Jearl Miles-Clark won the 400 in 51.80 seconds and placed 11th in the 200 in 24.07.

Mothersill, the 200 indoor champion, won the 200 in 22.67 seconds for the best time so far this season.

Merriman tied the season’s best mark in the 100 hurdles with a 12.95, tying Perita Felicien of Illinois’ time earlier this month.

Merriman beat Felicien for the 60 hurdles indoor championship.

Four other athletes set meet and track records.

Aretha Hill, a 1996 Olympian and volunteer assistant coach at Tennessee, threw the discus 201 feet, breaking the record of 187-9 set by Denise Wood in the 1981 meet.

Briana Shook of Toledo ran the 3,000 steeplechase invite in 10:37.52, breaking Andrea Ripley’s 1996 meet mark of 11:14.96.

Anna Norgren, competing for SoBe Track, threw the hammer 219 feet, 5 inches to break Lisa Misipeka’s 1999 meet record of 218-5.

Dawane Wallace, a former Vol, ran a 13.30 in the 110 hurdles to break Duane Ross’ 1995 track record of 13.32 and tie Keith Talley’s 1990 meet mark.

Tennessee’s Stephen Harris won the decathlon with 7,804 points, and Maria Derezinski of Central Michigan took the heptathlon with 5,182 points on Thursday.

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