Nov. 14, 2013
Tennessee: 37-40 (15-9 SEC)
In our last event: Okwera finished the men's 8K in seventh place with a season best time of 24:00.42, earning first-team All-SEC honors for the second consecutive season. Tennessee finished seventh in the team standings with 187 points. Daniel Tobin brought home a 20th place finish (24:36.13) scoring second for the Vols with easily his best performance at the conference meet. The Vols other scorers included: Stephen Derlath (33rd, 25:02.12), Austin Whitelaw (69th, 25:54.85) and Jordan Chaney (72nd, 26:01.25). Kyle Walter and Jack Little were both injured on the course and could not finish. Director of Track and Field/Cross Country J.J. Clark stated, "Peter had another strong race to earn All-SEC honors for the second year in a row, and Tobin went out there and had the race of his career. For the men, our goal was a top-five finish, and that was realistic. We were 14 points away from fifth. We just have to refocus to get ready for the regional meet."
Inside this race: The Tennessee men continue preparation for this weekend's NCAA South Regional Championships. UT has been consistent staying around the seventh position in the USTFCCCA's South Regional Rankings. Spearheading the effort for the Volunteers has been junior Peter Okwera. Okwera has finished in the top 10 in four of the five events Tennessee has participated, including two victories. As a whole the Vols have steadily improved as the season progressed and look for that trend to continue this weekend.
Tennessee: 54-16-1 (13-13-1 SEC)
In our last event: In the women's SEC Championship race, Chelsea Blaase and sophomore Alexis Panisse scored top-20 finishes to give the Lady Vols an eighth-place finish with 179 points, a four-place improvement from a year ago. After scoring her first collegiate victory two weeks ago, Blaase finished 10th in 20:44.24. Panisse's 17th place performance was an improvement from last year and one spot away from attaining All-SEC honors. Senior Kelsey Kane, (42nd, 21:45.18), freshman Emily Williams (53rd, 21:58.98) and junior Amirah Johnson (61st, 22:11.33) rounded out the Lady Vols' top five. "It was an outstanding run for Chelsea and a solid run for Alexis," J.J. Clark said. "The good thing for us is four of our top five runners are returning next season. Now we have to add some depth to that."
Inside this race: Tennessee has been steadily rising up the USTFCCCA South Region rankings this season, moving up four spots to No. 5 heading into the Friday race. The Lady Vols are led on the course by sophomores Chelsea Blaase and Alexis Panisse. Blaase placed 10th at the SEC meet to earn second-team All-Conference honors. Panisse just missed All-SEC honors, taking 17th in the race. With four of five top runners returning next season, these regional championships look to provide a young team with additional experience.