Oct. 17, 2013
Thomas Zimmer Course | Madison Wis.
Harry Pritchett Running Park | Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Tennessee: 28-3 (5-2 SEC)
In our last event: The Tennessee men's cross country team continued building upon this season's success at the Greater Louisville Classic finishing fourth. The event was highlighted by Peter Okwera's second victory of the season. All five UT scorers finished in the top 35 among the field of 170. "From a team standpoint, we had a better team race in our last meet performance. The fact that we've done better in the past, proves we can do better. We have to have everyone stay focused on the team goal at once. Peter ran really well and it helps with his confidence on the national scale," said J.J. Clark, Tennessee director of track and field/cross country. "Coming out of this meet with a victory is exciting."
Vol Spotlight: Austin Whitelaw has been a key contributor for the Volunteer so far this season. He has amassed top 20 finishes and a top scorer for UT in every race he's competed in this year. Austin set a new 8K personal best at the Mountain Dew Invitational with a time of 25:04.95 and was mere seconds away from improving upon that mark in his last race. Whitelaw is a runner the Vols can depend on whenever he's in the field, and we look forward to what his future has in store.
About this event: Entering its fifth year of existence, the Wisconsin Adidas invitational has quickly become one of the nation's premier collegiate meets. The men will compete in an 8K race on the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course. The course consists of interior and exterior loops covering rolling hills and valleys along with a section of dense woods. This course played host to the 2010 Big Ten Championship, 2012 NCAA Great Lakes Regional, and will host the regional again this year.
Tennessee: 25-7-1 (4-4-1 SEC)
In our last event: Coming of a victory at the Mountain Dew Invitational, Tennessee had three runners finish in the top 30 guiding the team to a sixth place finish overall at the Greater Louisville Classic. Seven of the nine Lady Vols to compete (Panisse, Blaase, Williams, Johnson, Lowery, Ruff, and Duer) all set new personal bests in an 8K event. "We had a solid 1-2-3 showing," Tennessee director of track and field/cross country J.J. Clark said. "On the whole, we are looking forward to continuing our training cycle and peaking for the SEC meet."
Lady Vol Spotlight: In her second season at UT, Chelsea Blaase has consistently improved for the Lady Vols. This season she has accrued three top 40 40 finishes, two of which were top 20, as well as being a top three scorer for Tennessee. In our last event, Blaase set a new 5K personal best with the time of 17:54.88, a thirty second improvement on her previous mark and one and a half minutes from the initial race of the season. Watch for these progressions as her season and career continues.
About this event: The Lady Volunteers will compete in the University Women 5K race to begin a 6 p.m. EST at Alabama's Harry Pritchett Running Park. The field of 27 teams will face an all-grass course transitioning between flat to rolling hills. The course has hosted numerous events such as the SEC Championships and NCAA South Region Championships, most recently the South Region Championships in 2011.
Teams competing vs. Lady Vols: Alabama, Alabama A&M, Alabama State, Auburn, Belmont, Davidson, Florida State, Georgia State, Houston, Jacksonville State, Louisiana-Monroe, Loyola-New Orleans, LSU, Mississippi State, Sam Houston State, Samford, South Alabama, South Florida, Southern Mississippi, Stephen F. Austin State, Stillman, Texas-Arlington, Troy, Vanderbilt and West Alabama