Running in the final cross country race of his career, Tennessee senior
Doug Ellington finished 36th to lead the Vols to a 21st-place tie in their
first NCAA Championship since 1995.
Ellington ran the 10-K course in 31:11 to earn All-America honors and
junior Anthony Famiglietti finished 75th (31:48) to help UT tie Iowa and
beat nine other teams in Lawrence, Kan.
Arkansas won the event with 97 points, led by fifth-place finisher Ryan
Kerr. Defending champion Stanford took second and Colorado, led by overall
winner Adam Goucher (29:26), finished third. Michigan and Oregon finished
fourth and fifth, respectively.
Tennessee tied with Iowa and beat regional foes UT-Chattanooga and South
Florida. Juniors Jon Jamison finished 126th, Brad Leach took 180th and Joe
Dickson finished 200th to complete Tennessee's scoring.
"Doug did great. He finished his cross-country career with strong showings
at the SECs, the regional and here at the NCAAs," head coach George Watts
said. "Doug is a great team leader and helped his team finish strong."
Lady Vols finish 31st at NCAAs: The Lady Volunteer cross country team
ran as an at-large qualifier at the 1998 NCAA Championships Monday at Rim
Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kan. It was the first time UT had sent a team to the
NCAAs since 1990.
Tennessee finished in 31st place overall and was led by freshman Sharon
Dickie, who finished in 74th place with a time of 18:02.65. Finishing
second for the Lady Vols was Mindy Watkins (18:41.18), crossing the line in
153rd. Angie Pothier followed Watkins in third position for UT in 176th
place with a time of 18:56.20. Kristen Ritter finished fourth for the Lady
Vols in 196th place with a time of 19:09.10. Scoring in fifth place for UT
was senior Dorothy Denko (19:12.98) in 205th position overall.
Also finishing for Tennessee were junior Meghan Mantlo (19:39.05) in 228th
place and senior Maureen Ferris (20:06.30) in 239th place. After a strong
start, Ferris was inadvertently spiked by another runner at the one-mile
mark and consequently lost her shoe. The delay cost her any chance of a
high finish in the field of 255 runners.
"We wanted the girls to have a chance to see competition at the highest
level," said head coach Brenda Webb. "We ran against some great competition
today, and the course was certainly a challenge, but I think our team has
had a great season and they now have the experience of competing in a
national championship. That definitely gives us something to build on for
Villanova took the team championship, scoring 106 points. Brigham Young
took second and Stanford took third, with 110 and 111 points, respectively.
Senior Katie McGregor from Michigan was the individual champion, finishing
the Rim Rock course in a scorching 16:47.21.
Cross-country teams end record seasons
Published: Wed Nov 25, 1998 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:42 p.m.