For the 10th year in a row, the Lambert Acres Golf Club in Maryville, Tenn., will serve as one of the nation's most scenic courses for the Tennessee Lady Volunteer cross country team. A 27-hole golf course, Lambert Acres is nestled in the foothills of the breathtaking Great Smoky Mountains and boasts 9,525 yards of rolling hills with sloping grades throughout the entire layout.
In 2007, the Lady Vols will make one home appearance, as they play host to the Tennessee Invitational on Sept. 14 at the picturesque course in Blount County. The women's 5K race will take place at 5:30 p.m., while the men's 8,400-meter affair will be contested at 6:15 p.m. The 2007 meet will be the 12th held at the course by the Lady Vols, and all of them have been 5K with the exception of the 6K NCAA South Regionals in 2002 and 2006.
Last season at the Tennessee Invite on Sept. 15, the No. 14 UT women scored 28 points to roll past runner-up Georgia Tech (77) and nine other schools on the Lambert Acres 5K trail. Felicia Guliford established the tone, placing third in 18:13 to set the table for a 3-4-5-7-9 Lady Vol binge. Katie Flaute was fourth in 18:24, while Sarah Bowman was the Lady Vols' third top-five finisher on the day at 18:27.
At the NCAA South Regional on Nov. 11, the Lady Vols saw their streak of four straight regional titles come to an end, but they finished third with 80 points and managed to qualify for the NCAA Championships for the fifth straight season. Katie Van Horn (8th, 21:33.0), Jackie Areson (10th, 21:35.4), Katie Flaute (13th, 21:42.7) and Sarah Bowman (23rd, 22:06.4) made the all-region squad for Tennessee.
The Lady Vols have hosted a variety of meets at Lambert Acres in the previous nine years that they have competed on the course. In addition to playing host to the Tennessee Invitational eight times and the NCAA South Regional in 2002 and 2006, the Orange and White also welcomed the rest of the Southeastern Conference for the 1998 SEC Championships. It was at that meet that Amy Yoder of Arkansas set the 5K course record with a 16:52.22 pace en route to victory. Florida State's Susan Kuijken posted the 6K standard of 20:54.1 at the 2006 NCAA South Regional.
The home team won the Tennessee Invitational in 1998, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006, and tied for the title in 1999, while Big Orange alums Maureen Ferris (1998), Sharon Dickie (2000, 2002) and Brooke Novak (2004) each legged out individual titles on the Blount County course during their respective careers, and Sarah Bowman began hers with one in 2005. No Tennessee Invitational was held in 2001, as the tragic events of Sept. 11 brought about the cancellation of the Sept. 14-scheduled event.
Directions to Lambert Acres From University of Tennessee Campus
Take Cumberland Avenue to Alcoa Highway/129 South. Follow 129 South for 11 Miles to TN 35, which is about one mile past McGhee-Tyson Airport. Merge left onto TN 35 and travel approximately five miles before bearing left onto 321 North. Stay on 321 North for five miles until you come to Tuckaleechee Pike. Looking for landmarks, you will see a gas station on the left and a Lambert Acres Golf Club sign on the right just as you approach Tuckaleechee. Make the right-hand turn onto Tuckaleechee Pike, and Lambert Acres will be a half-mile up the road on the left.