Sept. 21, 2004
After opening the season with a victory two weekends ago at the Mel Brodt Invitational, the Lady Vol cross country team was rewarded with a spot in the nation's top 20. UT checks in at No. 19 this week in the first regular-season edition of the FinishLynx/NCAA Division I Poll.
The Lady Vols, who were 22nd in the preseason roll call, still remain behind Southeastern Conference foe Arkansas, which is 16th this week. Georgia continued to receive votes, garnering six this time after boasting 13 in the preseason rankings. Vanderbilt, meanwhile, lost the two votes it had previously received and dropped out.
The FinishLynx top 10 remained in the same order, with Stanford, Providence, Brigham Young, Notre Dame and North Carolina State holding fast to the top five positions. Colorado, Michigan, Princeton, UCLA and Villanova continue to fill the six through 10 spots.
With a 12-0 record from the season-opening triumph in Bowling Green, Ohio,
Head Coach J.J. Clark's squad turns its attention toward meet number two of
the 2004 campaign. The Big Orange women will be in Bethlehem, Pa., at 10 a.m.
ET on Saturday to run in the 6,000-meter Paul Short Invitational. The Lady Vols
were third a year ago in a field of 32 teams at the race, which takes place on
Lehigh University's Goodman Campus.
|Rk.||Team (First-place votes)||Points|
|3.||Brigham Young (1)||365|
|5.||North Carolina State||332|
|Additional Teams Receiving Votes: Virginia 16, Baylor 11, Purdue 10, William & Mary 8, Georgia 6, Indiana 5, Nevada 5, California 4, Dartmouth 2, Northern Arizona 2, UC Santa Barbara 1.|