Tennessee junior forward Ron Slay will be out of the lineup for at least two weeks with a stress fracture of the fibula in his right leg.
The injury, which was discovered during practice on Sunday, has the Nashville native on crutches and in a walking boot. He will be re-evaluated by a team orthopaedist in two weeks. A third team All-SEC selection last year, Slay was second on the team with 12.9 points per game while averaging 5.3 rebounds off the bench in 2000-01.
"Yesterday we were scrimmaging and he said that his foot was hurting so we pulled him out of the scrimmage," first-year head coach Buzz Peterson said following Monday's practice at Thompson-Boling Arena. "Afterwards, (UT trainer) Chad (Newman) told me the bad news. The best thing about it is that we are getting it out of the way now and this gives a lot of players the chance to learn other positions."
Slay joins two other Vols currently on they injured list. Sophomore forward Andy Ikeakor remains out of the lineup after suffering a mid-foot injury in his left foot nearly two weeks ago. Freshman Brandon Crump remains day-to-day with a sprained left ankle suffered Oct. 24.
The rash of injuries leaves the Vols with seven scholarship players for Thursday's exhibition game against EA Sports. Tipoff for the exhibition game is 7:30 p.m. at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Tennessee runners finish high at SECs
With its best finish in a decade, the University of Tennessee women's cross country team finished second at the 2001 Southeastern Conference Championships on Monday at the Indian Pines Golf Course. Junior Sharon Dickie led the way as she finished third for the second consecutive season in the 6,000-meter event.
"I am happy that I was able to come out here and do my best today," Dickie said. "To go from eighth last year to second this year as a team, it shows that we are an awesome team. We really have the drive to be better and we are right there. This second-place finish really motivates us more for regionals and nationals."
The Lady Vols took second with 71 total points and all five point-scoring runners in the top 25. Arkansas won its fifth straight title with 35 points while Florida was in third with 118 and Auburn was fourth with 120. The finish was the best since Tennessee won the conference meet in 1990.
Tennessee, picked seventh in the coaches' preseason poll, surprised the field with the runner-up finish after taking eighth last year. The Lady Vols had three runners finish with All-SEC honors, including Dickie in third followed by freshman Brooke Novak in 10th and sophomore Jessica Southers in 13th. UT has not had three all-conference performers since 1990 when the team had four make all-league on the way to earning the SEC crown.
With Dickie in third overall and recording a personal-best time of 19:36.28, she lead all of the UT runners to 6K best times. Novak was 10th with a tally of 20:04.79 while Southers crossed the line in 20:17.86 for 13th. Tennessee's next finisher was sophomore Christy Baird who finished 20th with a clocking of 20:39.24 in her first conference meet after redshirting the 2000 season with an injury.
The men's team cross country squad raced Conference Championships took bronze at the SECs with 92 points, pleasantly distanced from last year's seventh-place, 163-point Vols SEC finish.
Arkansas raced to the team title with a strong 24-point performance. Alabama's David Kimani proved he is among the nation's best by earning individual medalist honors courtesy of a 23:46.93 clocking.
"I'm very pleased with the poise and determination of our team today," cross country coach George Watts said. "We experienced tremendous improvement over last year's SEC Championships and since our last race (the Furman Invitational Oct. 13)."
The South Region Championships arrive Nov. 10 as the next stop on the championship portion of the schedule for the Vol harriers. The South Region Championships have been moved to Tuscaloosa, Ala., after originally being scheduled for Birmingham, in the first 10K race of the year for Tennessee. The top two teams from the South Region Championships will advance to the NCAA Championships Nov. 19 at Furman. The Vols are currently ranked fourth in the Oct. 16 U.S. Cross Country Coaches Association South Region rankings behind Alabama, Florida State and Florida.
Slay joins injured list with fracture
Published: Wed Oct 31, 2001 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 03:53 p.m.