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Our Scholarship Athletes



Class: Senior         Hometown: Waterford

School: Ursuline    Height: 5'2"  

Event: Sprints                                                        



"A series of hamstring problems sidelined Aoife for the majority of the year in 2001. She has worked hard in rehabilitation and is now stronger and more eager to have the kind of impact season that was planned for last year. Her contribution to the team will be in the 55/60 meters and 100 meters as well as the sprint relays."


55m 7.09
60m 7.57
200m 25.96
100m 11.73
200m 24.50

Aoife saw action in six meets indoors but did not have the impact she wanted due to hamstring problems…She posted her best 55m time at the Tennessee All-Comers in 7.34 to take third…A 7.83 reading in the 60m dash at the SEC Quad was good for seventh…Registered a 7.87 reading in the 60m prelims at SECs but did not advance to the finals…She was also on UT's 4x400m relay at that event…Aoife ran in two meets outdoors before the injury forced her out of action…Her best meet was the SEC Quad, where she provided the Big Orange points in the 100m dash with a fifth-place effort of 12.45 and in the 200 meters with a 26.02 sixth-place result…A 3.75 GPA earned Aoife a spot on the Lady Vol Honor Roll…PRIOR TO TENNESSEE: Aoife came to Big Orange Country from the University of Rhode Island, where she spent the 1999 and 2000 seasons…During her sophomore campaign, she took second in the 55m dash at the Atlantic 10 Conference Indoor Championships with a time of 7.19…It was a bit of a disappointment for her, as she was unable to successfully defend the title she had won as a freshman…Also running the 200m indoors in 2000, Aoife crossed the line eighth in 26.41…Outdoors, her fifth-place effort in the 100m dash (12.31) helped URI tally 157 points and finish second at the league meet…During her inaugural college season, she broke the 55m dash tape first in 7.09 at the 1999 A-10 meet and established a new PR…As a rookie, she also forged an eighth-place finish in the 200m indoors and was second at the league's outdoor competition in the 100m dash…These performances helped her earn Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week and All-Atlantic 10 indoors and out…Other PRs include 7.59 (60m), 24.50 (200m)…She transferred to UT to work with noted sprint guru Myrtle Ferguson…

A product of Ursuline Convent, Aoife had a very successful junior career in track and field that helped write her ticket for a scholarship to the University of Rhode Island before transferring to the University of Tennessee…She also participated with the field hockey team, helping that squad win the Southeast Junior Championship…It was on the track, however, where Aoife made her mark by setting an Irish junior record in 1997 with a reading of 7.73 in a first-place finish in the 60m at the Irish National Junior Championships…She lowered that standard a year later at the BLE International Games, winning the 60m in 7.57…Her present PR in the 100m also came in 1998 at the Scottish Senior Championships, where she crossed the line third in 11.73…Shortly before that, Aoife legged out an 11.58w (+3.3) in a fourth-place effort at the Cork Sports International meet, but it was too windy to stand as her career best mark in the 100m…She would go on to be named the Irish Junior Athlete of the Year for 1998…In 1997, she claimed the 100m title at the Irish National Senior meet and was ranked as her country's number-one senior in that race for both '97 and 1998…For six consecutive years, she won her age group in the 60m at the Irish Junior National Indoor Championships…Aoife was twice a member of Ireland's Europa Cup teams, helping the 4x100m relay to a victory in Lithuania in 1998…Managed a 12th-place, 100m dash effort of 12.23 at the 1997 European Junior Championships in Slovenia…She has ranked as her country's top junior short sprinter since 1993…At every major Irish national meet, her name has filled either the mantle of winner or runner-up…In extracurricular areas, Aoife was active at Ursuline with the Peace & Justice Group and the school bank…

Aoife is pursuing a degree in nutrition…She would like to utilize that training to work in athletics as a nutritional consultant…Aoife Mary Hearne was born Aug. 27, 1979, in Waterford, Ireland…Her parents are Martin and Corinne Hearne.