MARYVILLE Sophomore Sharon Dickie led the UT women's cross country team to a second-place finish at its only home meet of the season, the UT Invitational, on Friday morning. Dickie finished first in the field of 21 runners and marked a time of 17:54.59 on the 5K course at Lambert Acres Golf Course in Maryville.
By taking her first collegiate win, Dickie recorded the third-fastest time by a Lady Vol at the home course.
Florida won the overall event with 25 points, as five of its scoring runners finished in third through seventh positions. The Lady Vols finished with 33 points.
Tennessee took the top two spots as freshman Jessica Southers finished second overall with a time of 18:35.68, marking her highest career finish. Three Lady Vols crossed the line in a group next as Renn Watkins finished ninth with a time of 19:32.64, sophomore Rebecca Collins crossed in 10th with a time of 20:02.93 while Erin Anderson followed in 11th and clocked in at 20:21.63. Both Watkins and Anderson are freshmen who were making their debuts for the Lady Vols. Rounding out the UT contingent was sophomore Amber Ayub in 13th with a mark of 20:51.47.
I was pleased with our performance today, first-year cross country coach Rodney Rothoff said. At this juncture in the season, we have progressed at a rate that I am very satisfied with. As a team, we had an excellent performance with everyone putting forth the maximum effort.
In men's action, the Vols finished third in the Invitational behind Navy and Florida, respectively.
The highest place finisher for Tennessee on the 8K run was Rob Cloutier, who crossed the line in eighth with a time of 26:04.24.
The Midshipmen ran to the overall win with 23 points after their scorers finished second, third, fourth and fifth. Florida's Chris Duncan took home the top individual honor with his 25:30.12 finish.
I was pleased with how our guys ran, Tennessee head coach George Watts said. We made progress from out first meet to the second. Rob Cloutier ran the best collegiate race of his career; it looked like he was going to finish in the top five, but just ran out of gas the last half-mile.
Watts added it was tough running without team leader, Marcus Tanner, who was out for the second consecutive meet with a hip injury.
Scott crossed second for the Vols in 11th place in 26:15.10. Eric Bell finished in 26:19.30 to notch 13th.