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

next year."

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.