Katie Flaute and Felicia Guliford posted top-15 individual finishes in a large field of runners to pace the 18th-ranked Tennessee women’s cross country team to a third-place finish Saturday morning in the “A” division of the Penn State University National Invitational.
The Lady Vols, now 88-5 on the season, finished behind top-ranked Duke and No. 20 Providence. Penn was fourth and Ohio State fifth.
Flaute, a junior from Dayton, Ohio, covered the 6,000-meter PSU Blue Course in 21 minutes, 14 seconds, and logged a 12th-place individual performance out of 259 participants. It marked the second straight meet and second time in her career that she has led the Lady Vols to the finish line.
Guilford wasn’t far behind Flaute in only her second appearance of the 2005 campaign, finishing 1 second and two places behind her teammate to take 14th in a season-best 21:15.
Flaute and Guliford got scoring help from freshman Leah Soro, whose time of 21:40 placed her 26th overall. Senior Carly Matthews continued to be a model of consistency, holding down the No. 4 spot for the third time in four races with a 21:53 effort that was good for 31st.
Rookie Sarah Bowman, competing in her first 6-kilometer race, closed out Tennessee’s scoring five with a clocking of 22:11 that earned her 46th place. Bowman, who is noted more as a middle-distance runner, paced the Lady Vols in 4K and 5K races in the first two meets this season.
Other Tennessee finishers Saturday included freshman Rolanda Bell in 107th at 23:03, senior Mindy Sullivan in 116th at 23:11 and freshman Kimarra McDonald at 26:03. McDonald’s placing was not included in the final results.