Sept. 20, 2011
By Eric Trainer, Associate Director of Media Relations
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southeastern Conference released its weekly cross country awards on Tuesday, and a pair of Big Orange student-athletes were honored for their performances at Saturday's Tennessee Invitational.
Lady Vol senior Brittany Sheffey was named the Co-Women's Runner of the Week along with Logan Waites of Ole Miss, and Vol rookie Austin Whitelaw was voted the Men's Freshman of the Week. It marks the first time either of them has received weekly distinction from the SEC.
Sheffey, a two-time all-conference and all-region runner who hails from Bellport, N.Y., picked up her first career cross country victory Saturday. She won the Tennessee Invitational by nearly 30 seconds in a time of 17:43.46 on the 5K trail at Lambert Acres Golf Club in Maryville.
The mark is the best 5K effort Sheffey has recorded as a Lady Vol and ranks as the fifth-fastest ever produced by a UT woman at Lambert Acres. Her individual victory is the first by a Lady Vol since Jackie Areson won the team's season-opening meet in 2009.
A product of Monroe, Mich., the hometown of former Vol great and U.S. Olympian Todd Williams, Whitelaw carded a third-place finish at the Tennessee Invitational in his second career collegiate meet. He did so by logging a time of 25:32.32 on the 8K course at Lambert Acres.
After beginning the campaign as UT's fifth runner and placing 23rd overall at the Belmont-VU Opener on Sept. 2, Whitelaw produced a third-place showing and was UT's No. 2 runner at the Tennessee Invitational. He ran with eventual winner Luis Orta, of Kentucky, and UT's Chris Bodary, a pair of upperclassmen, through the first three miles before falling back a bit over the race's final stages.
Other SEC cross country award winners this week include Orta and Alabama's Carison Kemei as Co-Men's Runners of the Week, while Co-Women's Freshman of the Week accolades went to Amira Joseph of Vanderbilt and Carly Hamilton of Georgia.
Sheffey and Whitelaw are off this weekend, but the Lady Vols and Vols will be back in action on Sept. 30, as Tennessee travels to Bethlehem, Pa., for the Brooks Paul Short Run at Lehigh University.