Sept. 24, 2002
For the second week in a row, University of Tennessee cross country runner Sharon Dickie has garnered Lady Vol Athlete of the Week distinction. The senior captain from Grand Blanc, Mich., was chosen in a vote by the UT Women's Athletics Media Relations staff on Tuesday.
Dickie rolled to top honors for the second time in as many meets this season and spearheaded another Big Orange team victory, as Tennessee prevailed at the adidas Wolfpack Classic in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday. The three-time All-SEC selection was the top vote-getter for departmental honors, winning out over volleyball's Kristen Andre (Kelseyville, Calif.) and soccer's Tara Minnax (Tampa, Fla.).
Paced by Dickie's triumph in Raleigh, the Lady Volunteers put all five of their scorers in the top nine en route to opening a campaign with back-to-back victories for only the seventh time in school history. On five of six previous occasions, Tennessee has gone on to earn a berth in the national championship meet, including Dickie's rookie year of 1998.
Dickie's effort helped UT stave off second-place North Carolina State, which is ranked sixth in the nation this week in the FinishLynx/NCAA Division I Women's Cross Country Poll, 23 to 46. The Big Orange also defeated five other squads to improve its record to 13-0 on the 2002 campaign.
Dating back to Nov. 23, 1998, when Dickie ran as a freshman for Tennessee at the NCAA Championships, she has finished as the squad's top scorer in every race she has participated in since that day. Her streak reached 14 with her showing over the weekend.
Dickie and company will be idle the next two Saturdays before resuming action at the PSU National Invitational in University Park, Pa., at 10 a.m. on Oct. 12. The meet, hosted by 20th-ranked Penn State, will be the Lady Vols' first 6000-meter race of the season.