Oct. 15, 2011
By Eric Trainer, Associate Director of Media Relations
The Tennessee cross country program got a victorious individual performance from Brittany Sheffey in the women's race and a runner-up showing from Chris Bodary in the men's race Saturday morning at the Crimson Classic in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Their efforts helped the Lady Vols finish third in the 25-team women's 5000-meter race and the Vols wind up eighth of 21 squads in the men's 8K affair at Harry Pritchett Running Park. Alabama won the women's team title with 88 points, followed by Ole Miss with 91 and UT with 127. Georgia Tech was the men's champion with 83 points, with Auburn taking second at 122. The Vols tallied 166 points for their eighth-place outcome.
Sheffey, a senior from Bellport, N.Y., cruised to a career-best time 17:11.71, holding off runner-up Lauren D'Alessio of Samford (17:17.34) by nearly six seconds. The UT standout ran with a lead pack of six runners for much of the race until D'Alessio pushed the pace. With 300 to go, Sheffey overtook the Samford runner and claimed her second victory of the season to go along with her title at the 5K Tennessee Invitational on Sept. 17.
"We had our best team race of the season so far, but I am looking for continued improvement as we move forward," UT Director of Track & Field/Cross Country J.J. Clark said. "It was a nice win for Brittany against some SEC runners. She had a lot more left at the end than she realized."
As for Bodary, the senior from Downingtown, Pa., set the tone for Tennessee men for the fourth time in as many races and notched his third runner-up performance of 2011. His 25:01.59 effort left him behind only Alabama's Carrison Kemei, who crossed the line first in 24:49.25. Bodary was able to hold off Nabil Hamid of Kennesaw State, who covered the course in 25:02.14.
"Individually, we had a good performance from Chris Bodary against plenty of SEC runners," Clark said. "Stephen Derlath was very tough, with a great second half and was solid in the middle. Tommy Gilmartin is gaining confidence, and we want to see more of that from him. Austin Whitelaw wasn't at his best all week, but he hung tough today."
UT also got scoring help in the women's race from Chanelle Price (19th, 18:12.83), Amber Zimmerman (27th [26th], 18:22.68), Kelsey Kane (43rd [40th], 18:48.85) and Amirah Johnson (44th [41st], 18:49.60).
Vols joining Bodary in producing UT's scoring total were Austin Whitelaw (33rd [31st], 25:59.93), Tom Gilmartin (34th [32nd], 26:00.37), Jeremy Dickie (47th [45th], 26:23.94) and Stephen Derlath (60th [56th], 26:37.13).
"For both teams, as we head down the stretch, we all have to be right on the right day," Clark said. "It's as simple as that, because we just don't have the depth to not have everyone on task. We need everyone to accomplish our goals, and we are in position to do that; we just need to go out and make it happen."
The Vols and Lady Vols now turn their attention toward the SEC Championships, which they will play host to on Oct. 31 at Lambert Acres Golf Club in Maryville. Race times are 10 a.m. Eastern time for the men's 8000-meter race and 11 a.m. for the women's 6000-meter competition.
WOMEN'S TEAM RESULTS (TOP 10): 1. Alabama, 88; 2. Ole Miss, 91; 3. Tennessee, 127; 4. Georgia, 181; 5. Western Kentucky, 193; 6. Samford, 207; 7. Auburn, 237; 8. Stephen F. Austin, 247; 9. Georgia Tech, 253; 10. Memphis, 256.
LADY VOL INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 1. Brittany Sheffey, 17:11.71!; 19. Chanelle Price, 18:12.83!; 27. (26.) Amber Zimmerman, 18:22.68; 43rd (40th) Kelsey Kane, 18:48.85!; 44th (41st) Amirah Johnson, 18:49.60; 53. (50.) Ramzee Fondren, 18:59.38; 95. (85.) Nijgia Snapp, 19:44.52!; 135. Elizabeth Tiller, 20:28.28; 137. Chelsea Knotts, 20:32.84.
MEN'S TEAM RESULTS (TOP 10): 1. Georgia Tech, 83; 2. Auburn, 122; 3. Ole Miss, 131; 4. Stephen F. Austin, 132; 5. Alabama, 133; 6. Georgia, 156; 7. Kennesaw State, 159; 8. Tennessee, 166; 9. Memphis, 176; 10. Alabama-Huntsville, 179.
VOL INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: 2. Chris Bodary, 25:01.59; 33. (31.) Austin Whitelaw, 25:59.93; 34. (32.) Tom Gilmartin, 26:00.37; 47. (45.) Jeremy Dickie, 26:23.94; 60. (56.) Stephen Derlath, 26:37.13; 64. (60.) Daniel Tobin, 26:41.25; 78. (71.) Alex McCandless, 27:13.51!; 87. J.R. Creekmore, 27:30.26; 95. Jake Rainey, 27:49.68.