Sept. 8, 2008
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The days of "CP" winning Lady Vol Athlete of the Week accolades aren't over after all. While basketball star Candace Parker may have departed The Hill and taken her game to the WNBA, another "CP" picked up the torch Monday by winning the award that honors the best performance by a female UT student-athlete in the previous competition week.
Grabbing distinction in her debut in orange was rookie cross country runner, Chanelle Price. The product of Easton, Pa., stunned many observers by leading Tennessee to second in the team standings with an eighth-place individual effort at the Belmont Opener in Nashville on Sept. 5. She checked in with a career-best time of 14 minutes, 52.67 seconds on the 4,000-meter Vaughn's Creek Course at Percy Warner Park.
Expected to make an immediate impact as a middle distance star on the track & field team, Price demonstrated that she has the necessary tools to make a huge difference for the UT cross country team as well, setting the tone for a squad that was running without its top three returnees in the season opener. The freshman amazingly logged a faster time than four veterans who have consistently scored for the Lady Vols in past seasons.
Price was a three-time Pennsylvania state meet medalist at Easton Area High School, but she earned Gatorade National Female Athlete of the Year honors and world-wide recognition for her talents on the oval. She is considered to be one of the finest middle distance runners to ever come out of the U.S. prep ranks, owning an impressive personal-record time of 2:01.61 in the 800 meters that she posted against an international field at the Prefontaine Classic in June 2008.
The next chance for Price and her teammates to compete will come on Sept. 19, as the Big Orange women and men serve as hosts for the Tennessee Invitational at Lambert Acres Golf Club in Maryville. Race time is 5:30 p.m. for the women's 5,000-meter race and 6:15 p.m. for the men's 8K affair.