Oct. 22, 2002
For the second time this season, the Southeastern Conference has chosen University of Tennessee standout Sharon Dickie as its SEC Female Cross Country Athlete of the Week. The senior from Grand Blanc, Mich., is the league's first repeat performer of 2002.
Dickie claimed the honor by virtue of her performance at the UTC Invitational on Oct. 19, when she won the individual title on the two-mile course in 11:10 and paced the Lady Volunteers to the team championship. Her victory, which came on the Moccasin Bend Course in Chattanooga, was the third this season for the four-year harrier. That effort also propelled UT to its third team crown of the campaign in four outings.
Also recognized by the SEC on Sept. 24, Dickie has additionally picked up personal wins this season at the Tennessee Invitational on Sept. 13 and the adidas Wolfpack Classic on Sept. 21 and enabled her squad to grab first-place team honors at those two events. Amazingly, Dickie has been the first UT runner to the finish line in the last 16 races she's run, dating back to the NCAA Championships of her freshman season on Nov. 23, 1998.
Another streak will be on the line for Dickie on Nov. 4, as she leads the Lady Vols to the SEC Championships in Gainesville, Fla. Not only will she attempt to help Tennessee compete for a conference title against the likes of nine-time winner Arkansas, but she will also be trying to earn the fourth All-SEC citation of her career. She has charted finishes of seventh (1998), third (2000) and third (2001) in her previous three races.
Dickie and the Big Orange will run at 9 a.m. a week from Monday, navigating the 6000-meter layout at the University of Florida Golf Course. Tennessee, under first-year head coach J.J. Clark, will be aiming to match or better its runner-up finish of a year ago.