Oct. 18, 2003



Junior Brooke Novak set a fast pace as the 28th-ranked University of Tennessee women's cross country team placed fifth Saturday at the 35th-annual Penn State National Meet on the soggy PSU Blue/White Golf Course.

Novak, from Kaukauna, Wis., raced to a 20:58.21 clocking to finish sixth in a field of 225 runners and paced UT for the second time in four meets this season. She helped the Big Orange tally 111 points and place fifth out of 19 squads. No. 10 Providence claimed the team trophy with 49 points, followed by No. 9 Columbia (58), No. 18 Penn State (84) and No. 20 Colorado State (89). Closing out the top 10 behind Tennessee were Penn in sixth at 232, Cornell with 233, South Region foe South Florida with 257, Central Michigan with 281 and Indiana (Pa.) with 311.

Joining Novak in the scoring five were sophomore Megan Cauble (Knoxville, Tenn.) in 15th at 21:20.85, senior Lindsay Hyatt (Auburn, Calif.) in 27th at 21:42.29, junior Elizabeth McCalley (Knoxville, Tenn.) in 28th at 21:43.75 and sophomore Carly Matthews (Winston-Salem, N.C.) in 35th at 21:49.12. Kim Smith paced Providence to victory with a winning time of 20:14.59.

Other Lady Vols competing were redshirt freshman Katie Flaute (Dayton, Ohio) in 45th at 22:05.31, sophomore Mindy Sullivan (Lubbock, Texas) in 47th at 22:07.35, senior Jessica Southers (Ashland, Ky.) in 58th at 22:30.01, senior Christy Baird (Knoxville, Tenn.) in 84th at 22:59.60 and junior Nicole Cook (Petersburg, Va.) in 95th at 23:12.48. Cook, Flaute and Sullivan all posted career bests for 6K.



"We had some good individual performances with Brooke Novak running a lifetime best and with Elizabeth McCalley and Lindsay Hyatt stepping it up," UT Head Coach J.J. Clark said. "Katie Flaute looked lively today and can run even faster, and Megan Cauble was consistent as always, which she has developed a reputation for.

"We needed to get some people a little closer to Megan, but overall it was probably our best team race. I wanted to come in and beat some of these ranked teams, but we weren't able to do that today. We'll need to turn it up a couple of notches, but I believe we have the ability to do just that in two weeks at the conference meet."

As Clark mentioned, Tennessee will be back in action in two weeks, as the squad travels to Athens, Ga., for the Southeastern Conference Championships on Nov. 3. Race time for the 6K competition at the UGA Golf Course is 10 a.m. ET. The Lady Vols will be attempting to improve upon last season's third-place finish.



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