Cross Country Vols Take Fourth at Season Opener; Kelly Runner-Up

Sept. 7, 2001

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.--The Volunteer cross country squad tallied 78 points to finish fourth at the 5K UTC Invitational in Chattanooga Friday evening. Tennessee's Tim Kelly took runner-up honors and Keith Kimmons placed sixth to lead the Orange and White pack.

"Tim Kelly and Keith Kimmons did a nice job," cross country coach George Watts said. "They were coming on strong at the end of the race. I'm disappointed with the way the rest of the guys ran. Even though we were running tired, we should be able to run a little faster over 5,000 meters. It's nothing to be concerned about -- we held out four or five guys. I'm confident we'll get better as the season progresses."

Kelly clocked a strong 15:51 for his silver finish, just one tick off gold-medal pace. The runner-up effort marked Kelly's first cross country race as a Vol, though he did compete in track last spring. Meanwhile, Kimmons charged to the finish line in 15:57, passing nine runners in the last 400 meters, to grab sixth.

Steve Klein was Tennessee's third scorer with a 16:44 clocking to take 21st. Paul Hallman followed in 16:55 to hold down 23rd. Matt Dewalt finished in 17:15 to place 26th and round out the Vol scoring five. Vince Dressel was 27th in 17:21. Rob Cloutier was ill and did not run.

Southeastern Conference foe Auburn took the team title with 43 points.

The Volunteers play host for their next outing, the Tennessee Invitational, next Friday evening at Maryville's Lambert Acres Golf Course.

2. Tim Kelly, Tenn. 15:51
6. Keith Kimmons, Tenn. 15:57
21. Steve Klein, Tenn. 16:44
23. Paul Hallman, Tenn. 16:55
26. Matt Dewalt, Tenn. 17:15
27. Vince Dressel, Tenn. 17:21

1. Auburn 43
2. UTC 57
3. Samford 64
5. South Alabama 138
6. Georgia Tech 156
7. Columbus State 182





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