Sept. 26, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Despite handily winning its own Tennessee Invitational last weekend and running its season record to 20-1, the Lady Volunteer cross country team slipped four spots to 18th in this week's United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Poll.
The Lady Vols, who opened the season at 14th, collected 183 points to stand as the second of three Southeastern Conference schools in the poll. Arkansas continues to rate as the No. 8 team in the land, while Georgia debuted this week at No. 27. UT continues to lead the NCAA South Region rankings, sitting ahead of UGA and No. 29 Florida State.
Defending NCAA champion Stanford continued to hold down the number one position in the USTFCCCA poll, garnering all 13 first-place votes. Colorado, the NCAA victor in 2004 and runner-up last season, remained in second this week, followed by Michigan, Oklahoma State and Duke. Rounding out the top 10 were BYU, Illinois, Arkansas, Wisconsin and Washington.
Thus far in 2006, Tennessee has finished second in the Belmont Opener and first in the Tennessee Invitational. Head Coach J.J. Clark expects to send out his entire lineup this weekend, when the Big Orange compete in their fourth consecutive Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, Pa. The 6,000-meter race, hosted by Lehigh University, will be UT's first 6K test of the year.
No. 9 Wisconsin and No. 13 Princeton are also expected to join 18th-ranked Tennessee at the Paul Short Run.
|USTFCCCA Division I Women's Cross Country Poll|
|Rk.||Team (First-place votes)||Points|
|11.||UC Santa Barbara||251|
|12.||North Carolina State||247|