Sept. 25, 2004
The 19th-ranked University of Tennessee women's cross country team defeated 34 teams, including four ranked squads, as it won the 31st Paul Short Run in dominating fashion on Saturday morning at Lehigh University's 6,000-meter Goodman Campus course.
All five Lady Vol scorers wound up among the top 16 runners, crossing the finish line within 44 seconds of one another, as UT tallied 53 points to claim the team championship. Tenth-ranked Villanova, the alma mater of UT Head Coach J.J. Clark, was second with 87 points, followed by No. 13 Columbia (89), William & Mary (135) and No. 15 Georgetown (156) rounding out the top five. The second five consisted of Buffalo (194), No. 27 Yale (225), Richmond (262), LaSalle (284) and Southeastern Conference foe Auburn (292).
"Our team came here and demonstrated that we are better than we were last year," Clark said. "It's a very solid win this time of the season and a nice step for our program as we continue to move forward. It is still early (in the year), but it is always rewarding to beat good teams."
Senior Brooke Novak, making her season debut, looked very sharp in snaring a third-place finish in a time of 20:43.13 to set the tone for UT. It marked the second-fastest 6K in her career, with the personal best (20:04.79) coming at the 2001 SEC meet. Novak, who led her team to the line for the seventh time in her career and her fifth-consecutive race, finished behind victorious Angela Homan of Auburn (20:27.39) and runner-up Marina Muncan of Villanova (20:33.44).
"It's a very positive opening meet and 6K for Brooke," Clark said. "We certainly look forward to more good things from her this season. This performance indicates she has a chance to do quite well later in the year."
Aiding the scoring cause for Team Orange were junior Megan Cauble (Knoxville, Tenn.) and sophomore Felicia Guliford (Gallup, N.M.), who took ninth and 10th in 21:10.06 and 21:15.16, respectively. The clocking was a career-best for Guliford, who charted a 5,000-meter personal record with a first-place finish of 17:32 at the Mel Brodt Invitational on Sept. 11.
Rounding out the point contributors for the Lady Vols were sophomore Katie Flaute (Dayton, Ohio) and senior Elizabeth McCalley (Knoxville, Tenn.), who crossed in 15th and 16th, respectively, in 21:24.86 and 21:26.38. Flaute's effort was the best of her career, as was that of senior Nicole Cook (Petersburg, Va.), who did not score for Tennessee but wound up 89th in 22:48.74.
"We worked hard in practice this week and still came out with some cross country personal bests," Clark said. "Our lead runner ran solid, and everyone packed in behind against several ranked teams. I can't compare our performance to the other teams, but I know our team ran well today."
The Big Orange women, who now sport a 46-0 record on the season, return to action on Oct. 1, when they join the UT men in playing host to the Tennessee Invitational at Lambert Acres Golf Club in Maryville. The women's 5K race is slated to begin at 5:45 p.m. Eastern time, while the men's 8K gets underway at 6:15 p.m. at the hilly Blount County course that rests in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.
TOP TEN TEAMS: 1. Tennessee (53), 2. Villanova (87), 3. Columbia (89), 4. William & Mary (135), 5. Georgetown (156), 6. Buffalo (194), 7. Yale (225), 8. Richmond (262), 9. LaSalle (284), 10. Auburn (292).
TENNESSEE FINISHERS: 3. Brooke Novak (20:43.13), 9. Megan Cauble (21:10.06), 10. Felicia Guliford (21:15.16), 15. Katie Flaute (21:24.86), 16. Elizabeth McCalley (21:26.38), 89. Nicole Cook (22:48.74).