Running in conditions that featured temperatures in the upper teens and low 20s with wind chills dipping below zero and wind gusts up 35 miles per hour, the Lady Vol cross country team ran to a 24th-place finish with 513 points at Monday's NCAA Cross Country Championships in Waterloo, Iowa.
At the 6K Earve Warren Golf Course, Tennessee improved four spots from a year ago, finishing 24th out of 31 teams. It was the program's best team finish since 1990.
Individually, Brooke Novak led the way for the 5th time in 2003, placing 58th (20.56.7). Running second for Tennessee was Lindsay Hyatt in 100th (21.15.9) and Elizabeth McCalley's time of 21.34.9 was good for 155th overall. After stumbling in the first 30 seconds, Megan Cauble recovered to place 166th (21.41.8).
Stanford narrowly edged out defending champs Brigham Young for the team title. Providence (222), Michigan (232) and Colorado (269) rounded out the top 5 and North Carolina's Shalane Flanagan claimed the individual title with a time of 19:30.4.
On the men's side, UT did not compete as a team, but senior Tim Kelly competed and finished 191st out of 254 runners (31:38.5). Team-wise, Stanford (24 points) completed the Cardinal sweep, easily finishing ahead of Wisconsin (174), Northern Arizona (190), Iona (191) and Arkansas (215).
Colorado sophomore Dathan Ritzenhein took home the individual championship (29:14.1).