Tennessee's 22nd-ranked cross country squad will have to wait to learn its
chances for making the NCAA Championships field because the Vols did not
finish in the top two of the NCAA South Region Championship. Tennessee
finished its first 10 K race of the season in fourth in a field of 23 with
113 points at the Indian Pines Golf Course in Auburn, Ala.
"We didn't run bad," cross country head coach George Watts said. "We just
did not run up to the level needed to qualify for nationals. Obviously we
are disappointed. However we did have three guys make All-Region."
The three runners to qualify for All-region were Anthony Famiglietti, Jason
Steed and Ryan Clark.
Southern Mississippi won the event with 67 points while Alabama took second
with 83 points. The two top squads automatically advance to the NCAA
Championship on Nov. 22 in Bloomington, Ind. In addition, 13 other squads
throughout the nation will be selected on Nov. 15 for an at-large berth in
the NCAAs. Individually, David Kimani of South Alabama won the race with a
time of 29:16.40.
Senior co-captain Famiglietti crossed the line first for Tennessee in a
time of 29:44.50 to place fifth in the field of 161, earning a spot in the
NCAA championships. Steed, a junior from Jackson, finished 20th in
30:46.96. Clark, a freshman, placed 24th in a time of 30:56.63. Senior Jon
Jamison crossed in 31:13.22 to finish 28th. Freshman Colin Rochford rounded
out the Tennessee scoring by finishing 37th with a time of 31:24.67.
X-country team hopes for NCAA berth
Published: Mon Nov 15, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 02:03 p.m.