Sept. 20, 2001
After canceling the Tennessee Invitational last weekend, the cross country Volunteers made the decision to compete in the Great American Cross Country Festival in Rock Hill, S.C., Friday evening. In an interesting note, Tennessee was scheduled to run at 7 p.m. However, according to the race director, the meet will be moved to 6:30 p.m. because the mobile units for lighting the course are being used by the military.
Tennessee joins a massive 31-team field, an anticipated 400 runners, in the 8K contest at Winthrop Farm Meadows. The Great American Cross Country Festival includes a weekend of 23 races, 700 teams and 5,000 athletes reporting to the line in elementary school through collegiate competition.
"This is the first opportunity to see our complete cross country team," cross country coach George Watts said. "We added this meet to our schedule because of last week's cancellation."
No. 11 N.C. State and No. 19 Michigan headline the field. Tennessee joins Campbell, Carson-Newman, Charlotte, College of Charleston, Coastal Carolina, Davidson, Duke, Elon, Erskine, ETSU, Furman, Gardner-Webb, Georgia, Georgia Southern, Harding, High Point (alma mater of Vol head track and field coach Bill Webb), Liberty, Navy, Newberry, North Carolina, North Carolina-Asheville, North Carolina-Greensboro, North Carolina-Wilmington, Radford, Samford, Western Carolina, Winthrop and Yale to complete the field.