Oct. 20, 2011
By Eric Trainer, Associate Director of Media Relations
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A couple of weeks before making the trip to Knoxville to begin his first year of college, Jeremy Dickie was sitting at home in Michigan, flipping through an old photo album. Seeing a picture of himself as a child with a Tennessee cap perched atop his head, Dickie admitted to himself that maybe he's always been destined to be a Vol.
On the surface, it wouldn't appear the UT rookie runner had much choice. One of his older brothers, Bob, ran cross country and track for the Vols from 1993-98, earning All-SEC accolades in 1994 as a 14th-place finisher in UT's runner-up team showing at the league cross country meet. He also earned the Jon Young Captain's Award in 1998. One of his sisters picked up and carried the torch from 1998 to 2003, as Sharon achieved All-SEC and All-South Region status four times each in cross country and was a two-time All-American as well as the 2003 SEC Outdoor 5000m champion on the track. The siblings combined for seven appearances at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
Championship race appearances were common occurrences in the household headed by Robert and Mary Dickie. All five of their children, Bob, Joanna, Sharon, Ben and Jeremy, qualified for the Michigan state cross country championships during their high school days. Now, three of them, Bob, Sharon and Jeremy, have donned the Big Orange of the University of Tennessee.
For Jeremy Dickie, though, it was not a decision he made just because his older siblings had. He did the research, took his visits and concluded for himself that Rocky Top would be his home, sweet home the next four or five years. Thus far, things are working out quite well for the native of Swartz Creek, Mich. He was UT's No. 2 runner at the Belmont-VU Opener to begin the campaign and has remained in J.J. Clark's scoring five in all four meets in 2011.
Dickie and his teammates, though, are preparing for their biggest test to date. They play host to the SEC Cross Country Championships on Oct. 31 at Lambert Acres Golf Club in Maryville. On that Monday morning, Jeremy Dickie will become the third member of his family to run in an SEC cross country meet, and he will join Sharon (7th-place finisher, 1998) in making their SEC meet debuts at Lambert Acres. It's just another example of the Dickies' "UT Family Ties."