Sept. 8, 2005
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee women's cross country team, which has won back-to-back Southeastern Conference titles, claimed three straight NCAA South Region crowns and made three consecutive trips to the NCAA Championships, was picked 16th in the initial FinishLynx/NCAA Division I Women's Cross Country Poll of 2005.
The Lady Vols, who opened their season last weekend with a second-place finish at the Belmont Opener in Nashville, tallied 181 points to debut in the FinishLynx top 30 along with SEC foes Arkansas (17th) and Georgia (22nd). Colorado and Duke, who finished one-two at the 2004 NCAA Championships, grabbed the first two poll positions with 379 and 374 points, respectively. The Buffaloes earned the catbird's seat despite capturing five first-place votes to the Blue Devils' six. Notre Dame tallied 356 points to earn the No. 3 nod, while Stanford had 344 points and two first-place picks to stand fourth and Michigan grabbed fifth at 325.
The Big Orange women return eight letterwinners, including past All-SEC honorees Felicia Guliford (Gallup, N.M.), Katie Flaute (Dayton, Ohio), Megan Cauble (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Mindy Sullivan (Lubbock, Texas), from a 2004 unit that notched a school best with a 121-25 overall record. Last year's group wound up 14th in the final poll of the regular season and was 21st at the NCAA meet. Head Coach J.J. Clark, who is poised to become the all-time winningest women's cross country coach in UT history, also welcomes four talented newcomers, led by Sarah Bowman (Warrenton, Va.) and Leah Soro (Knoxville, Tenn.).
Team Orange is off this weekend, but the Lady Vols are scheduled to compete on Sept. 16 at the Tennessee Invitational at the Lambert Acres Golf Club in Maryville, Tenn. Race time is 5:15 p.m. Eastern Time.
FinishLynx/NCAA Division I Women's Cross Country Poll
Sept. 8, 2005
|Rk.||Team (First-place votes)||Points|
|9.||North Carolina State||283|
|15.||UC Santa Barbara||191|