NASHVILLE The University of Tennessee women's cross country team opened the 2000 season with a third-place finish at the Tennessee Intercollegiate Championship on Saturday.
The 4000-meter race, featuring teams from Western Kentucky, Belmont, Evansville, Tennessee, Tennessee State, Carson-Newman and David Lipscomb, was held at Vaughn's Creek in Percy Warner Park.
The Lady Vols were paced by sophomore Sharon Dickie (Grand Blanc, Mich.) in third place overall with a time of 14:29. The race marked Dickie's return to the course after a year-long absence due to a hip injury. Sophomore Christy Baird (Knoxville) finished fifth with a pace of 15:12 while freshman Jess Southers (Ashland, Ky.) followed close behind with a time of 15:14 in sixth place. The sixth-place finish was Southers' UT debut.
Rounding out the contingent from Tennessee, sophomore Rebecca Colins (Loveland, Ohio) finished 18th with a time of 16:33 while Amber Ayub finished 23rd with a 17:03 clip.
In the overall race, Western Kentucky won the title with a team score of 27 points while Belmont finished second with 52 points. Belmont also won the Tennessee state crown followed by UT in second.
I was pleased with the way we followed our race plan, first-year head coach Rodney Rothoff said. I am also pleased with the way we competed in our first events for both the athletes and myself as a coach. It was good to have three in the top ten and I am looking forward to having everyone healthy later this season. It was also very nice to see Sharon Dickie back in action and wearing a uniform after a year in absence.
The Lady Vols will continue with the 2000 campaign by playing host to the UT Invitational on Friday, Sept. 15, at Lambert Acres in Maryville.
Lady Vols cross finish line in 3rd
Published: Tue Sep 05, 2000 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 03:13 p.m.