The Tennessee track and field team has had a blazing indoor season. They’ve taken down the school record after school record. One of the school records that got taken down this past weekend at the SEC Championships is the 60-meter-dash record. It came shattering down by Joella Llyod.
The redshirt sophomore became the first lady vol to ever win an indoor 60-meter conference title. Llyod clocked 7.15 seconds for a first-place finish. The time actually ties former lady vol Courtney Champion’s record who ran a 7.15 at the 2007 SEC Indoor Championships.
Lloyd’s time is currently the No. 1 mark in the world recorded by any female athlete under 20 years old, this season so far. She is also the second-fastest woman in the NCAA during the 2020-21 indoor season.
The Tennessee track and field media team spoke to head coach Beth Alford-Sullivan about Llyod’s success over the week. Sullivan expressed that, “You have to step back and remember that Joella’s just 18,” Sullivan said. “She joined us at 16 years old, and sometimes we forget that. She’s really come into her own. A year ago, I believe she had some trouble with nerves, and this year, she stepped up against really most of the nation’s best sprinters. It seems strange that it is the first win for the Lady Vols in that event because we’ve had such a great history in her event areas, but she’s certainly a great ambassador to have that title behind her.”
For more information about the Vols Track and Field team’s successful SEC Indoor Champions please visit, www.utsports.com or follow the team on Twitter @Vol_track for live updates.