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Go, Ellen, Go!

Maryville graduate enters Olympic Trials nation’s fourth-ranked hurdler

By Stefan Cooper
Editor
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University of Tennessee and Maryville High graduate Ellen Wortham gets set for another sprint during training at Tom Black Track on Thursday. Photos by Jolanda Jansma

KNOXVILLE – She could really do this.

When Ellen Wortham opens qualifying in the 400-meter hurdles at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., next Thursday, the University of Tennessee and Maryville High graduate will be looking to do more than bring a successful track and field career to a close.

Wortham, the two-time defending Southeastern Conference champion in the event, enters the trials ranked fourth-fastest among American women this season. Her Lady Vol record for the distance, 55.55 seconds, is only .37 hundreds of a second out of third, .67 off the fastest time.

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