Sept. 29, 2001
accumulated 162 points to take fifth in a field of 31 teams at the 8K Auburn
Invitational at the Indian Pines Golf Course in Auburn, Ala., Saturday morning.
The Vols improved their spread time between their top five scoring runners to
1:14.36, better than eight seconds tighter than last week's effort. Captain
Ryan Demers led the Vol effort for the second consecutive week with a sixth-place,
24:42.87 clocking in a field of 253 runners.
"It was a solid team effort, but we still have plenty of room to improve," cross country coach George Watts said. "We put ourselves in a hole in the first mile because we came out so slow. We worked hard to move through the pack to finish as high as we did. We were probably 12th at the midway point and made up a lot of ground at the end."
Following Demers' lead, Scott DeFilippis ran a strong race to take 29th in 25:33.76. Tim Kelly remained in the top three Vol scorers for the third consecutive meet with his 34th-place, 25:36.91 finish. Rob Cloutier scored for the Vols in 45th place by breaking the tape in 25:45.74, an improvement since last week. Paul Hallman sliced more than two minutes off last week's time by clocking 25:57.23 to finish 56th, the fifth and final Vol scorer.
Freshman Matthew Lapp nearly broke into the scoring column with his 58th-place, 25:58.55 finish, 50 seconds faster than last week. Steve Klein arrived next for the Vols in 73rd place and possessing a season-best time of 26:13.40. Clay Wiggins (119th, 27:02.94) and Keith Kimmons (121st, 27:04.29) followed for Tennessee. Freshman Kenny Schappert clocked a 27:07.65 in his first outing as a Vol to earn 128th.
"Once we get our race strategy down we can accomplish some things," Watts said. "I'd like to single out Ryan Demers for another strong race. Additionally, Paul Hallman made our biggest improvement since last week."
Southeastern Conference foe Alabama took the victor's laurels with a 74-point compilation. Additionally, Alabama's David Kimani took first individually with a 23:48.55 effort, approximately 38 seconds faster than the runner-up finisher. While Tennessee fell to Alabama, the Vols bested LSU, Auburn and Vanderbilt in SEC action.
Tennessee returns to action Oct. 13 at the Furman Invitational in Greeneville, S.C., on the same course that will host the NCAA Championships in November. The Volunteers return to Auburn and the Indian Pines Golf Course for the SEC Championships Oct. 29.
1. Alabama 74, 2. Baylor 111, 3. Texas A&M 113, 4. Fla. State 123, 5. TENNESSEE 162, 6. Tulane 168, 7. Rice 237, 8. N.C.-Charlotte 238, 9. LSU 242, 10. Stephen F. Austin 259, 11. Auburn 280, 12. UT-Chattanooga 296, 13. Samford 311, 14. Kennesaw State 330, 15. La. Tech 481, 16. South Fla. 496, 17. Troy St. 536, 18. Vanderbilt 544, 19. West Fla. 558, 20. Akron 572, 21. Birmingham Southern 632, 22. Columbus St. 655, 23. South Ala. 662, 24. West Ga. 672, 25. Ga. St. 696, 26. Bethune-Cookman 752, 27. Mercer 784, 28. Lipscomb 788, 29. Fla. A&M 809, 30. Jacksonville St. 881, 31. Ala. St. 958.
INDIVIDUAL VOL FINISHES (EACH SQUAD'S TOP FIVE SCORES COUNT FOR TEAM TOTAL)
1. David Kimani, Ala. 23:48.55, 6. Ryan Demers, Tenn. 24:42.87, 29. Scott DeFilippis, Tenn. 25:33.76, 34. Tim Kelly, Tenn. 25:36.91, 45. Rob Cloutier, Tenn. 25:45.74, 56. Paul Hallman, Tenn. 25:57.23, 58. Matthew Lapp, Tenn. 25:58.55,
73. Steve Klein, Tenn. 26:13.40, 119. Clay Wiggins, Tenn. 27:02.94, 121. Keith Kimmons, Tenn. 27:04.29, 128. Kenny Schappert, Tenn. 27:07.65, 253. Nick Copeland, Columbus St. 33:32.55.