Sophomore Megan Cauble turned in the finest performance of her young career, and Stanford transfer Lindsay Hyatt debuted in strong fashion, as the University of Tennessee women's cross country team easily claimed victory at the Crimson Classic Invitational in Tuscaloosa Friday night.
UT's 37 points were more than enough to hold off runner-up Mississippi State, which tallied 63 behind Tiffany McWilliams' individual championship in 17:28.07.
Making the win and the margin that much more impressive was the fact that Lady Vols' coach J.J. Clark opted to rest junior Brooke Novak, sophomore Carly Matthews and junior Elizabeth McCalley, who finished one, two and four, respectively, for the team in last weekend's season-opening Tennessee/Adidas Invitational.
"It's a good sign that we can go out and win a meet while some of our individuals are not running," Clark said.
Cauble, a graduate of West High School, showed no difficulties in dealing with high humidity and temperatures, as she crossed the finish line in 18:11.09, third overall on the 5000-meter course. It was the first time the sophomore had led the Lady Vols' group of runners.
Hyatt wasted little time in making an impact on the program by placing second on the team and seventh overall in 18:30.59.
"Lindsay looked super in her first race as a Lady Vol," Clark said. "I thought she ran a great second half of the race, and that was the difference. She demonstrated today that she will definitely be a contributor to this team.
The Lady Vols will now have two weeks to resume training before competing again at the Oct. 4 5K Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa.
Soccer Vols come up short at Maryland
The University of Maryland used a balanced offensive attack to capture its own Adidas Classic Saturday with a 3-1 triumph over the 11th-ranked Lady Vol soccer team.
Despite a career-high saves from UT goalie Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart, the Terrapins (5-2-1) received goals from three different players, including the match-winner by Offensive Most Valuable Player Kimmy Francis at 30:52, and out-shot Tennessee by a 15-8 margin.
Although UT junior Keeley Dowling was chosen as the event's defensive MVP and senior defender Marie-Eve Nault and junior forward Lyndsey Patterson were announced as all-tourney selections, the defeat snapped the Lady Vols' winning streak at four.
"All of the credit tonight goes to Maryland," said Tennessee coach Angela Kelly. "They played very well and showed we have a lot of work to do."
UT will resume action next Sunday, when No. 8 West Virginia visits the Tennessee Soccer Complex for a 2 p.m. match.