Oct. 9, 2004
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Tennessee left six of its top eight runners at home, but the youthful Volunteer seven who made the trip secured the squad's second win of the season with a dominating 21-point performance at the 7.8K Virginia Tech Invitational Saturday morning in Blacksburg, Va. While the competition wasn't as tough as the Vols will face in coming weeks, Tennessee bested the six-team field with its limited travel squad at the Virginia Tech Cross Country Course.
Knoxville native son Dusty Miller peaked for the best race of his young career in winning individual laurels with a time of 24 minutes, 38.40 seconds.
Tennessee placed its scoring five within the top 10 finishers. The Vols placed all seven runners in the top 17 in the 63-man field.
"It was nice to have Dusty Miller back in the groove after last week's tough run," head coach George Watts said. "He gets the added bonus of scoring his first college win. It's also good to have Jeff Day back in his first race of the season. He was a little rusty but ran a solid race and finished strong. Matt Piccarello, Kenny Schappert, Yarrick Kincaid and Nick Raff all ran personal-best times [when converted to the 8K standard]. We're looking forward to next week's Pre-NCAA competition on the national course at Terre Haute, Ind., where we'll compete against some strong teams."
Tennessee's 21 points bettered runner-up Radford's 74-point total. Corcord University took third with 81 points. Lynchburg College finished fourth with 86 points. West Virginia Wesleyan (105) and the University of Charleston (165) rounded out the team scoring. Virginia Tech, like Tennessee, held out most of its squad. The Hokies ran three runners which isn't enough to be included in team scoring. Unattached runners also peppered the final standings, which shifted the team scoring a bit.
Following the sophomore Miller's golden 24:38.40, Chris Snell of Concord took silver in 24:40.60. Unattached Jay John took third 24:54.65. With coveted spots on the Volunteers' travel squad for next week's Pre-NCAA Meet still on the line, Tennessee sandwiched runners in fourth, fifth and sixth places, ending any suspense in the team standings. Day, also a sophomore, crossed the line in 24:56.29 in his inaugural race of the season to nab fourth. Jansen, a sophomore and Farragut product, raced to fifth in 25:13.86. Piccarello, a freshman, took sixth in 25:15.02. Junior Kenny Schappert bookended the Tennessee scoring five with his 10th-place, 25:29.74 effort. Tennessee managed a 51.34-second spread between its top-five runners.
Kincaid, a freshman and Karns alum, wasn't far behind in 13th, crossing the wire in 25:53.34. Fellow freshman Nick Raff, a Kingsport native and McCallie grad, wrapped up the Tennessee work day in 17th place with a 26:02.40.
Tennessee returns to action Saturday in the toughest field to date at the Pre-NCAA Meet in Terre Haute, Ind. The race will be an 8K test but will be held on the same course to be utilized for the 10K NCAA championship.
1. Tennessee 21
2. Radford 74
3. Concord University 81
4. Lynchburg College 86
5. West Virginia Wesleyan 105
6. University of Charleston 165
TENNESSEE INDIVIDUAL SCORING
1. Dusty Miller, Tenn. 24:38.40
4. Jeff Day, Tenn. 24:56.29
5. Nate Jansen, Tenn. 25:13.86
6. Matt Piccarello, Tenn. 25:15.02
10. Kenny Schappert, Tenn. 25:29.74
13. Yarrick Kincaid, Tenn. 25:53.34
17. Nick Raff, Tenn. 26:02.40