Nov. 13, 2011
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee cross country teams had hoped to add another entry for the 2011 NCAA Championships, but the Big Orange learned Sunday afternoon they came up just short when the NCAA released its at-large bids.
Vol senior Chris Bodary, who placed 12th at Saturday's NCAA South Regional and was the sixth individual finisher not on one of the two automatic-advancing teams, did not get an invitation to the NCAA meet, which will be held Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind. It turns out he was the first individual from the region not to make the cut, as the first four were automatic qualifiers and the fifth received an at-large bid. The native of Downingtown, Pa., concluded his season as an All-South Region honoree, the second straight campaign he earned that recognition, and he led UT in all six races.
Lady Vol Brittany Sheffey, meanwhile, punched her first-ever ticket to the NCAA meet on Saturday as the eighth-place finisher at the South Regional in Tuscaloosa, Ala. She is the first UT women's runner since 2009 to make the national field and gave UT Director of Track & Field/Cross Country either a team or individual participant in the meet for the eighth time in his 10 years at Rocky Top.
Sheffey paced Tennessee in all six meets, won a pair of races and has been in the Lady Vols' scoring five in all 24 races during her career.