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Cross Country Vols Finish 21st at Furman Invitational
Ryan Demers

Ryan Demers
GREENVILLE, S.C.--Tennessee took 21st place in a field of 35 of the nation?s elite teams in the first race of the Furman Invitational Saturday. The Vols ran in the NCAA Preview-Black race, one of two 8K NCAA preview races held Saturday at the Furman University Golf Course. The Volunteers summed 548 points in their fourth race of the season and final outing before the Southeastern Conference Championships.

Second-ranked Stanford took home the top prize with 56 points. Alabama?s David Kimani won the individual title with a time of 24:06, a full 25 seconds ahead of runner-up Grant Robison of Stanford.

?Overall, it was a learning experience,? cross country coach George Watts said. ?It was the first time any of our guys have run a national-caliber cross country race. Probably due to our youth, we struggled but gained valuable experience. Although we?re disappointed, we will regroup for the SEC Championships in 16 days.?

Speaking of the SEC, Tennessee placed behind 11th-place Alabama and ahead of 25th-place Georgia Saturday. While impossible to make a direct comparison across the two NCAA preview races, Tennessee may have matched up well against Florida, as the Gators took 29th with 754 points in the NCAA Preview-Gold race held after the Black competition.

Captain Ryan Demers led the Volunteers for the third consecutive race with his 27th-place, 25:17 effort to outpace the vast majority of the 223-runner field. Demers has been the first Vol to break the tape in each of the three races he has competed in this season. The Vols also found a familiar face in the runner-up spot as Tim Kelly finished 81st in 26:03. Pat Gildea took 107th in 26:26 to become Tennessee?s third finisher in his first race as a Vol. Rob Cloutier clocked a 27:04 to cross 164th. Freshman Matthew Lapp rounded out Tennessee?s scorers with his 169th-place, 27:07 contribution. Scott DeFilippis (183rd, 27:24) and Paul Hallman (217th, 29:03) put the bookend on the Tennessee effort.

Next up, the Volunteers return to Auburn and the Indian Pines Golf Course for the SEC Championships Oct. 29. The NCAA South Regionals, the first 10K race of the season, follow on Nov. 10 in Birmingham, Ala. If Tennessee qualifies, the 10K NCAA Championships await on Nov. 19 at Furman.

TEAM FINISHES
1. Stanford 56, 2. N.C. State 94, 3. Northern Arizona 136, 4. Brigham Young 192, 5. Oregon 233, 6. Michigan State 234, 7. Colorado State 280, 8. Washington 284, 9. Butler 297, 10. Georgetown 311, 11. Alabama 321, 12. Nebraska 343, 13. Dartmouth 347, 14. Minnesota 367, 15-tie. Baylor and New Mexico 391, 17. Virginia 401, 18. Princeton 446, 19. Ohio State 460, 20. Bucknell 520, 21. Tennessee 548, 22. Marquette 581, 23. Kent State 591, 24. Eastern Illinois 598, 25. Georgia 208, 26. Youngstown 709, 27. Belmont 719, 28. Brown 745, 29. Samford 786, 30. Texas Tech 788, 31. Missouri 789, 32. Ball State 827, 33. N.C.-Charlotte 832, 34. Winthrop 835, 35. South Florida 1,034.
INDIVIDUAL VOL FINISHES (EACH SQUAD?S TOP FIVE SCORES COUNT FOR TEAM TOTAL)
1. David Kimani, Ala. 24:06, 27. Ryan Demers, Tenn. 25:17, 81. Tim Kelly, Tenn. 26:03, 107. Pat Gildea 26:26, 164. Rob Cloutier, Tenn. 27:04, 169. Matthew Lapp, Tenn. 27:07, 183. Scott DeFilippis, Tenn. 27:24, 217. Paul Hallman, Tenn. 29:03, 223. Justin Hayden, Belmont 31:23.

 

 

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