The University of Tennessee Lady Vol cross country team has been selected

as an at-large qualifier for the 1998 NCAA Championships to be held Monday

at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kan., at 10:30 a.m.

By finishing in third place at the NCAA South Regional on Nov. 14 and

earning a No. 24 national ranking, the Lady Vols impressed the selection

committee enough to secure their first NCAA Championship team bid since

1990.

"We were very pleased when we heard the announcement," said head coach

Brenda Webb. "This team has proven that they deserve to go, and this is a

great first step in the right direction for our program."

The 1998 championship field will be primarily comprised of automatic

qualifiers from each of nine regions as well as 13 at-large teams.

Each team will send seven runners to Lawrence, with the top five

participants from each squad scoring in the race. In addition, individual

qualifiers from each region will race and factor into the individual

results. The championship field should consist of over 250 runners.

Baseball team signs six

Head baseball coach Rod Delmonico announced the signing of six players

during the early signing period for the 2000 season. Of the six, five are

pitchers and one is an infielder. Five will be incoming freshmen with one

junior college transfer.

The three right-handers are Judson Brownell, Brandon Crowe and Charlie

Thames, with the two left-handers being Jeff Randazzo and Richard Rundles.

Knoxville native Hunter Rigsby is the lone position player.

"I am excited about this class," Delmonico said. "We are pleased that five

of the six signees are freshmen that will help us in the long run. We have

three kids that throw 90 (mph) consistently in Brownell, Crowe and Thames,

and those are all good two-way players."

Tennessee opens the 1999 season against Georgia State Feb. 12-14 in

Atlanta.