Tennessee's 23rd-ranked cross country team earned a second-place at the 8K

SEC Championships on Saturday at the Vaughan Creek Course at Percy Warner

Park in Nashville.

Arkansas won the meet for the ninth year in a row. Arkansas posted 17

points while Tennessee tallied 59 points, bettering last years total of 63.

Arkansas' Michael Power won the event with a time of 24:10. The SEC

Championships marked the first time this season that Tennessee had a

five-man spread of less than a minute. The tight spread lead to Tennessee

placing five runners (Anthony Famiglietti, Jon Jamison, Jason Steed, Ryan

Clark and Brad Leach) in the top 15 to make the All-SEC team.

"Our goal at Tennessee is to run for the championship," head cross country

coach George Watts said. "We wanted to continue to close the gap against

Arkansas and we were successful in that. I'm really pleased with our guys

and their effort. We're excited about running at the NCAA Regionals and

trying to qualify for nationals.

Tennessee had the two highest scoring freshman of the day in Ryan Clark and

Colin Rochford."

Six of the eight Vols competing ran season-best times. Familglietti crossed

the line seventh to become the first Volunteer finisher with a time of

24:51. Jamison finished 11th with a season-best time of 25:23. Steed

clocked in at 12th with a season-best 25:27. Clark posted 14th place, with

a season-best 25:40. Leach crossed in 25:41 to finish 15th and make the cut

for All-SEC. Eric Bell finished 20th with a 25:59 to post his season-best

time. Joe Dickson took 25th with a season-best effort of 26:17. Rochford

placed 26th after running the course in a season-best 26:20.

Tennessee's next competition will be the NCAA South Regional in Auburn,

Ala. on Nov. 13.