Junior All-American Sharon Dickie won her first individual title of the 2001 season to pace the University of Tennessee women's cross country team to a fourth-place finish at the Vanderbilt Invitational on the 5K course at
Percy Warner Park.
In the team standings, Western Kentucky won the overall crown with 50 points followed by Belmont University with 53, Vanderbilt with 89 and Tennessee with 111. There were a total of 240 runners competing and 25-plus teams, but team scores were tallied bas
ed on teams with Division I standing.
"I felt like we did a good job executing our plan for this race," Lady Vol cross country coach Rodney Rothoff said. "The athletes really followed our race plan and it proved to be successful for us."
Dickie's clocking of 18:05 is one of the top 10 times ever run on the course at Percy Warner Park and marks the season debut for the Grand Blanc, Mich., native who sat out the first race of the year on Aug. 31.
The rest of the Lady Vols also fared well in the event as freshman Elizabeth McCalley, a native of Knoxville, earned the first top-10 finish of her career when she took 10th in a time of 19:00.
Two of Tennessee's top runners, freshman Brooke Novak and sophomore Jessica Southers, as well as five other members of the UT team, did not compete in the Vanderbilt Invitational as part of their training schedule, but are set to return to action next wee
Vols take fourth in meet
Tennessee tallied 176 points to finish fourth at the 8K Great American Cross Country Festival in Rock Hill, S.C., Friday night. "I was pleased with our competitive effort in our first time out as a full team," cross country coach George Watts said. "Ryan
(Demers) ran a really nice race in his first competition as a Vol. We'll get better and improve with more races. A couple of guys went out too hard and it hurt them a little."
Captain Ryan Demers led the Tennessee contingent with a ninth-place, 24:38.6 finish from a field of 264. After leading the Vols two weeks ago at the UTC Invitational, Tim Kelly remained solid with a 17th-place, 24:51.3 finish.
N.C. State walked away victors with a 34-point compilation. Michigan's Alan Webb took the individual title by breaking the tape in 24:05.2.
The Vols and Lady Vols return to action Sept. 29 at the Auburn Invitational in Auburn, Ala.
Lady Vols host Orange and White
The University of Tennessee women's swimming and diving team kicked off the 2001-02 season Saturday with the sixth annual Orange and White Alumni Meet. In a battle of current Lady Vols, the Orange team narrowly defeated the White squad by scores of 134.5
to 124.5. The Orange and White teams each notched victories over the alumni by score of 157-79 for the Orange and 173-64 for the White.
Current Lady Vols won each of the 15 events contested at the Student Aquatic Center with sophomore Katie Melka grabbing three individual crowns. The Marietta, Ga., native won the 25-yard backstroke with a mark of 12.98 seconds to set an Orange & White mee
t record while also setting a meet mark in the 50y back with a time of 27.99. Her third win of the day came in the 50y butterfly with a time of 28.02.
Junior Nicole Brannock won a pair of events by taking the titles in the 25y and 50y breaststrokes with clockings of 15.01 and 31.57, respectively. Junior Courtney Naparlo won the 25y free with a time of 12.07 while Monica Shannahan won the 200y individual
medley in 2:09.14. In the other two freestyle events, Bethany Hall, a native of Knoxville, won the 100y free in a time of 54.60, while junior Sara Wingfield snagged the top spot in the 50y free in 25.14. Seniors Elizabeth Philp and Laura Hancock rounded
out the individual swimming action with Philp grabbing a win in the 25y butterfly in a time of 13.17 and Hancock claiming the 100y IM title with a 1:03.14 clocking.
On the diving boards, freshman Lauryn McCalley, a two-time senior national champion on the 3-meter, got off to a good collegiate start as she won the one-meter with a tally of 153.00.
Sophomore Kylee Wells was victorious on the 3-meter with a score of 159.00.
The Lady Vols will start the 2001-02 regular season on Oct. 12-13 at the SEC East Extravaganza in Gainesville, Fla. The Lady Vols will take on South Carolina in a dual meet on Oct. 12 before challenging defending national champion Georgia on Oct. 13.