Sept. 30, 2011
By Eric Trainer, Associate Director of Media Relations
Seniors Brittany Sheffey and Chris Bodary once again paced the Tennessee cross country teams, leading the Lady Vols and Vols at Friday's Brooks Paul Short Run at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.
Sheffey was UT's top female finisher for the third straight meet and contributed to the scoring cause for J.J. Clark's squad in her 21st-consecutive race. The product of Bellport, N.Y., crossed the line in 21 minutes, 19 seconds to place 41st in a field of 396 runners in the women's Gold Race on the 6000-meter Goodman Campus Course. Sheffey had placed 14th here in 2009 in a career-best 20:39.
The Lady Vols, who came in 38th a year ago, climbed to 32nd out of 45 squads this time around with 879 points despite the absence of two of their top-five runners. Third-ranked Providence captured the women's team trophy over No. 5 Villanova, 101-104. No. 1 Villanova wound up fourth at 141, just behind the 125-point collaboration of 12th-ranked Syracuse.
For the third time this season, senior Chris Bodary was out front for the Vols. Making his final collegiate cross country return to his home state, the native of Downingtown covered the 8000-meter Goodman Campus Course in 25 minutes, 28 seconds to finish 90th (87th scorer) in a field of 402 runners in the men's Gold Race. Bodary had crossed the line 61st a year ago in 25:00.
The Tennessee men finished 37th out of 45 teams on the 8000-meter layout, accumulating 1020 points. Fourth-ranked Oklahoma claimed victory in the men's competition, tallying 34 points. Twenty-second-ranked Georgetown was a distant second with 134.
The Lady Vols' Amber Zimmerman, who led UT in five of six races in 2010, completed her first race this season. The sophomore from Knoxville (Webb) concluded the race 172nd (157th scorer) in 22:47. Walk-on Kacey Nobert of St. Agnes Academy in Memphis, who recently joined the squad, ran third for the Big Orange and placed 189th (172nd) in 22:56.
Rounding out the scoring for the UT women were junior Kelsey Kane in 246th (220nd) at 23:23 and freshman Amirah Johnson in 346th (289th) at 24:24. Sheffey, Kane and Johnson have been in UT's top five all season, while Zimmerman and Nobert were first-time contributors in 2011.
Not factoring into UT's sum were junior Nijgia Snapp in 354th (293rd) at 24:30, senior Elizabeth Altizer in 371st (300th) at 24:58 and senior Elizabeth Tiller in 380th at 25:26. Senior Chanelle Price did not finish the race after appearing to twist her ankle, and junior Ramzee Fondren, the team's No. 2 runner two weekends ago, did not make the trip. Clark said Price's injury was not serious.
"We had two of our top-five runners not with the team," said Clark, UT's director of track & field/cross country. "Ramzee didn't come, and Chanelle didn't finish. Otherwise, we had some bright spots with Amber back in the mix and Kacey (Nobert) not too far away from her in her first college meet. We'll just have to get better races from Sheffey and implement Ramzee and Chanelle, and we'll be in a better spot."
Other scorers for the UT men included senior Tom Gilmartin in 249th (217th) at 26:31, freshman Austin Whitelaw in 251st (218th) at 26:32, sophomore Jake Rainey in 267th (232nd) at 26:38 and freshman Jeremy Dickie in 315th (266th) at 27:09. Bodary, Gilmartin, Whitelaw and Dickie have counted toward the scoring total in all three races for UT this season, while Rainey has contributed in each of his two starts in 2011.
Running but not factoring into the points were sophomore Stephen Derlath in 341st (281st) at 27:23, sophomore Daniel Tobin in 353rd (289th) at 27:35, sophomore Alex McCandless in 363rd at 27:43, freshman J.R. Creekmore in 387th at 28:20 and senior Scott March in 395th at 29:09.
"After a good performance on our home course at the Tennessee Invitational, our guys came to a meet that had several good teams and appeared to get a little stage fright," Clark said. "Before going into a conference or regional meet, we needed to have a large meet with pretty decent competition. You don't want this (performance) to happen, period, but at least it gives us something to evaluate and move forward with.
"We're a lot better team than we showed today, obviously, and I believe the necessary adjustments will be made."
The Vols and Lady Vols are off next weekend before resuming competition on Oct. 15 at the Crimson Classic in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
WOMEN'S TEAM RESULTS (TOP 10): 1. Providence, 101; 2. Villanova, 104; 3. Syracuse, 125; 4. Georgetown, 141; 5. Virginia, 152; 6. Yale, 205; 7. Cornell, 209; 8. Dartmouth, 301; 9. Boston College, 314; 10. Guelph (Canada), 341; 32. Tennessee, 879.
LADY VOL INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 41. Brittany Sheffey, 21:19; 172. (157.) Amber Zimmerman, 22:47; 189. (172.) Kacey Nobert, 22:56; 246. (220.) Kelsey Kane, 23:23!; 346. (289.) Amirah Johnson, 24:24!; 354. (293.) Nijgia Snapp, 24:30; 371. (300.) Elizabeth Altizer, 24:58; 380. Elizabeth Tiller, 25:26; DNF - Chanelle Price
MEN'S TEAM RESULTS (TOP 10): 1. Oklahoma, 34; 2. Georgetown, 143; 3. Columbia, 156; 4. Villanova, 177; 5. Syracuse, 229; 6. Providence, 247; 7. Brown, 255; 8. Dartmouth, 264; 9. Harvard, 279; 10. Virginia, 298; 37. Tennessee, 1020
VOL INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 90. (87.) Chris Bodary, 25:28; 249. (217.) Tom Gilmartin, 26:31; 251. (218.) Austin Whitelaw, 26:32; 267. (232.) Jake Rainey, 26:38; 315. (266.) Jeremy Dickie, 27:09; 341. (281.) Stephen Derlath, 27:23; 353. (289.) Daniel Tobin, 27:35; 363. Alex McCandless, 27:43; 387. J.R. Creekmore, 28:20; 395. Scott March, 29:09
* Complete team and individual results can be found as an attachment