Oct. 4, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- After a third-place finish at the Paul Short Run, in which team leader Felicia Guilford sprained her ankle and did not finish the race, the Lady Volunteer cross country team slipped six spots to 24th in this week's United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Poll.
The Lady Vols, who opened the season at 14th, collected 99 points to stand as the second of two Southeastern Conference schools in the poll. Arkansas rose to No. 4, while Georgia dropped out after debuting last week at No. 27. UT also surrendered its lead atop the NCAA South Region rankings for the first time since Aug. 28, 2003, slipping to second behind 13th-ranked Florida State.
Defending NCAA champion Stanford continued to hold down the number-one position in the USTFCCCA poll, again garnering all 13 first-place votes. Michigan moved past Colorado into second, followed by the Buffaloes, Arkansas and North Carolina State. Rounding out the top 10 were BYU, Princeton, Iowa, UC Santa Barbara and Wisconsin.
Thus far in 2006, Tennessee has finished second in the Belmont Opener, first in the Tennessee Invitational and third in the Paul Short Run, fashioning a 52-3 record. The Lady Vols, however, have yet to run their compete lineup and saw team captain Guliford take a tumble entering the final 800 meters of last weekend's race.
|Rk.||Team (First-place votes)||Points|
|5.||North Carolina State||321|
|9.||UC Santa Barbara||280|
Additional Teams Receiving Votes: Virginia Tech 14, Weber State 14, Washington State 13, Nebraska 6, UC Riverside 5, Yale 4, Florida 3, William & Mary 2, Iona 2, LaSalle 1, North Carolina 1, UC Irvine 1.