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    Paul Cross     
     
      Paul Cross
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Pembroke Pines, Fla.

High School:
South Plantation

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 155

Event:
800/1,500

CROSS ABBREVIATED
High School
South Plantation High
Coach Ken Ward
Career Bests
400 - 47.95
800 - 1:46.60
1,500 - 3:48.56
UT all-time top-10 list
800, 3rd, 1:46.60, 2004
1,000, 6th, 2:27.69, 2005
SEC Results-Indoor
2004-800 1:49.01 (6th)
4x400 relay 3:15.41 (5th)
2005-800 1:50.24 (3rd)
4x400 relay 3:12.72 (9th)
2008-800 prelims 1:53.40 (10th)
SEC Results-Outdoor
2004-800 1:46.60 (1st)
2005-800 1:47.38 (2nd)
2008-800 prelims 1:54.19 (15th)
4x400 relay 3:10.26 (6th)
Mideast Regional Results-Outdoor
2004-800 1:48.64 (2nd)
4x400 relay 3:07.66 (5th)
2005-800 1:50.29 prelims (8th)
NCAA Results-Indoor
2005-800 1:51.65 prelims (16th)
NCAA Results-Outdoor
2004-800 1:47.18 (3rd)

Major-Sociology.

2008 Outdoor-Opened his season with a 10th-place, 1:56.95 run in the 800 at the Baldy Castillo Invitational (March 22) ... Ran his season-best 800 time of 1:51.59 while finishing third at the Smoky Mountain Twilight (May 6) ... Also at the Smoky Mountain Twilight, anchored Tennessee's second-place 4x400 relay team ... Took the baton for the third leg on Tennessee's fourth-place 4x800 relay team at the Penn Relays (April 26) ... Finished ninth in the 800 at the Vanderbilt Invitational with his time of 1:53.88 (April 19) ... Ran a time of 1:54.19 in the preliminaries of the 800 at the SEC Outdoor Championships (May 16).

2008 Indoor-Clocked his season-best time of 1:53.40 during the preliminaries of the 800 at the SEC Indoor Championships (March 1) ... Opened his season with a fifth-place, 1:56.91 run in the 800 at the Big Ten-SEC Challenge (Jan. 19) ... Finished 11th in the invitational section of the 1,000 at the Penn State National Invitational (Jan. 26) ... Ran the third leg on Tennessee's 4x400 relay team that finished 19th in the championship section at the New Balance Invitational (Feb. 9) ... One day before, finished the 800 in 1:56.53 ... Finished 19th in the 800 at the Virginia Tech Challenge (Feb. 23).

2007 Indoor and Outdoor-Did not compete due to injury.

2006 Outdoor-Redshirted ... Ran to a personal-best time of 3:58.46 in the 1,500 while competing unattached at the Disney World Invitational during spring break (March 24) ... Won the 800 in 1:49.59 while competing unattached at the Knoxville Invitational (April 30) ... Finished second in the 800 with a time of 1:49.96 while competing unattached at the Vanderbilt Invitational (April 22).

2006 Indoor-Redshirted.

2005 Outdoor-Achieved his season-best time of 1:47.38 to take second in the SEC 800 final (May 15), just three-hundredths of a second behind the winner ... Also ran a 1:48.87 to rank fifth in the SEC 800 prelims and took the third leg on the Vols' season-best, sixth-place, 3:10.26 effort in the 4x400 relay ... Finished eighth in the 800 prelims with a time of 1:50.29 in the NCAA Mideast Regional ... Won the 800 with a 1:48.06 time in the Gatorade Classic ... Ran anchor on one of the most thrilling relays of the season, the victorious 4x800 relay to give the Vols five consecutive Sea Ray Relays titles in the event ... After making up a deficit, Cross leaned at the finish line to give the Vols a winning time of 7:24:16, just seven-hundredths of a second faster than the runner-up ... Took the second leg on Tennessee's second-place, 7:30.71 effort in the 4x800 relay at the Baldy Castillo Invitational ... Ran the anchor leg on the Vols' third-place, 3:17.07 effort in the championship section of the sprint medley relay at the Penn Relays ... Earned silver in the 400 after circling the track in 48.19 at the Knoxville Twilight Meet ... Took fifth in the 1,500 after running a 4:01.43 to open his outdoor season at the Jim Click Shootout.

2005 Indoor-Clocked his season best 800 time of 1:48.01 to earn sixth and write his ticket for nationals at Iowa State's NCAA Qualifying Meet (March 5) ... Earned All-America honors in the 800 after finishing 16th, eighth among Americans, with a time of 1:51.65 in the 800 prelims at the NCAA Indoor Championships ... Nabbed third in the 800 final at the SEC indoors after running a 1:50.24 and took the third leg on the Vols' ninth-place, 3:12.72 effort in the 4x400 relay ... Finished ninth in the 800 at the New Balance Invitational in New York after stopping the clock at 1:51.86 ... Finished seventh in the 1,000 after running a 2:27.69, the sixth-best time on Tennessee's all-time list in the event ... Assigned the third leg on Tennessee's season-best 4x400 relay time of 3:12.52, finishing eighth at the New Balance Invitational.

2004 Outdoor-Won co-Most Valuable Freshman (Track) Award along with Aries Merritt at the team banquet ... Authored one of the finest freshman seasons by any 800 man in Tennessee history ... Finished the season by vaulting to third on UT's all-time 800 list with his career-best time of 1:46.60, trailing only Jose' Parrilla and Marc Sylvester, after continually whittling down his PR ... Sliced nearly two seconds off his previous lifetime best by winning the SEC outdoor 800 title in a smoking 1:46.60, the 19th time a Vol has won the SEC outdoor 800 championship ... Finished as Tennessee's high scorer at the NCAA outdoors courtesy of his gutsy third-place finish in the 800 as a true freshman ... Mired in sixth place at the halfway mark, Cross bolted at the last curve to finish third in 1:47.18 ... Finished second in the 800 with a 1:48.64 at the NCAA Mideast Regional championships to earn his NCAA ticket ... Also ran the third leg on Tennessee's season-best 4x400 relay, a 3:07.66 to place fifth at the Mideast Regional ... Raleigh Relays 800 champion courtesy of a 1:49.96 worksheet ... Finished fourth in a good 800 field at the Sea Ray Relays with a 1:48.39 ... Ran anchor on Tennessee's winning and season-best 4x800 relay at the Sea Ray Relays, a 7:25.43 gold-medal time ... Posted lifetime-best 400 time of 47.95, the squad's second-fastest time of the season, to take seventh at the Gatorade Classic (May 2) in addition to running the anchor leg of Tennessee's winning 4x400 relay ... Took the third leg on Tennessee's season-best, 9:51.89 distance medley relay at the Penn Relays to place 11th ... Ran anchor on Tennessee's sixth-place, 3:18.82 sprint medley relay effort, the Vols' second-fastest of the year, at the Texas Relays ... Stepped up to the 1,500 to clock in at 4:01.40 to take 13th in his outdoor season opener at the Alabama Relays.

2004 Indoor-Clocked his fastest indoor time of the season when it counted at the SEC indoors, running the 800 in a provisional-qualifying 1:49.01 to capture sixth (Feb. 29) ... Also ran the anchor and fastest leg on Tennessee's fifth place, 3:15.41 4x400 effort, the Vols' second-fastest of the indoor season, at the SEC meet ... Ran a 1:49.12 to take third at Notre Dame's Alex Wilson Invitational ... Led off the Vols' fastest distance medley relay, 9:55.84, to take sixth in a stellar field at the adidas Boston Indoor Games ... Took third in 1:50.79 in his first collegiate 800 at the Kentucky Invitational ... Contributed points in both the 800 (sixth, 1:52.39) and 4x400 relay (sixth, 3:16.20) at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York ... Bumped up to the mile and ran 4:23.03 to take 16th at the Virginia Tech Invitational while also taking the third leg of Tennessee's third-place 4x400 relay (3:15.64).

2005 Cross Country-Ran to a 47th-place finish with a time of 17:41 at the 5K Chattanooga Invitational.

2004 Cross Country-Squad member.

2003 Cross Country-Ran in two races for the Volunteers ... Finished 67th in 27:28.06 in Tennessee's winning effort at Louisville's Cardinal Classic ... Finished ninth among Vols and 136th overall in 27:59.85 at the Auburn Invitational.

High school-Won 2003 Florida high school 1,600 title and took second in the 800 ... State champ in the 800 in both 2001 and 2002 ... Ran the second-fastest 800 time among U.S. high schoolers in both 2002 and 2003 ... Earned all-state honors in cross country with a fifth-place finish at the 2002 state championship.

Personal-Full name is Paul-Arthur Dennis Cross ... Born Aug. 19, 1983 in Brooklyn, N.Y. ... Parents are Arthur B. Cross and Dr. Jasinth Cross.

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