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    Daniel Tobin     
     
      Daniel Tobin
Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Springfield, Va.

High School:
West Springfield

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 150

Experience:
1L

CAREER BESTS

5K: 16:02.99 (2010)
8K: 25:33.77 (2010)
10K: 32:23.96 (2010)

CAREER HONORS: 2011 SEC All-Freshman Team.

2011: Produced a season-best 26:08.50 8K readout to run sixth for UT and 61st overall at the SEC Championships...Checked in sixth for UT and 64th overall in 26:41.25 at the 8K Crimson Classic...Closed the year as the Vols' sixth man and the 117th overall finisher at the NCAA South Regional, covering the 10K course in 34:30.0...Bounced back from a tough opener to score fifth for UT and wind up 12th overall in 26:37.60 at the 8K Tennessee Invitational...Placed 75th overall in the first meet, running a time of 17:22.02 at the 5K Belmont-VU Opener.

2010: Earned SEC All-Freshman Team recognition after running fifth for UT and 36th overall in a career-best 25:33.77 at the 8K SEC Championships...Was again the Vols' fifth man at the NCAA South Regional, crossing the line in a career-best 32:23.96 to place 62nd overall...After redshirting in 2009, he began his collegiate career by running second for UT and placing 12th overall in a personal-record 16:02.99 at the 5K Belmont-VU Opener...Turned in a 33rd-place finish at the 8K Commodore Classic, logging a time of 26:39.50...Posted a then-PR at the 8K Brooks Paul Short Run, checking with a 25:54 readout to place 205th overall and seventh on the team...Ran seventh for the Vols and 216th overall in 26:36.6 at the 8K ISU Pre-National Invitational White Race.

2009: Redshirted in his first season at UT.

HIGH SCHOOL: Earned all-district and all-region honors as a cross country runner during his senior season...Also named all-district and all-region, both indoors and outdoors, during the 2009 track & field season...Named to the National Honor Society.

PERSONAL: Majoring in nuclear engineering...Born May 30, 1991...Parents are Albert and Deborah Tobin...Family includes sister Deanna and brother Steven, who competed in cross country and track at Tennessee from 2004-09.

2011 UT FAMILY TIES FEATURE/VIDEO INTERVIEW - DANIEL TOBIN

Sophomore cross country runner Daniel Tobin will toe the dew-dampened starting line Saturday morning with his Tennessee teammates at the Crimson Classic in Tuscaloosa, Ala. His older brother, Steven, won't physically be at Harry Pritchett Running Park, but chances are his presence will be felt as Daniel bursts into motion at the sound of the starter's pistol and navigates the 8000-meter course.

Steven ran cross country and track & field for the Vols from 2005-09, earning All-SEC distinction on the trails in 2007. Though he graduated and left the hallowed hills of Rocky Top, he continues to impact the program through the advice and support he provides his younger brother, sometimes the night before a race.

Even before their glory days at West Springfield High School in Springfield, Va., Daniel says Steven has always been someone who has encouraged and helped his younger sibling try to be more accomplished than he was, rather than trying to maintain his status as the better of the two. That selfless, brotherly love and Vol spirit seems to be working - for the Tobins and Tennessee.

It helped Daniel earn SEC All-Freshman Team honors a year ago and perform at his best in the team's final two meets of the season, the SEC Championships and the NCAA South Regional. The Big Orange sophomore, who has thus far counted toward UT's scoring total in one of three meets in 2011, said he always has been someone who puts all the pieces together for the postseason races.

As Daniel prepares for the "championship season" with one final tune-up race on Saturday, take a look at the video and hear how important "UT Family Ties" are to Daniel Tobin.

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