Chanelle Price led the Lady Vols at the Front Runner Invitational on Oct. 16.
Oct. 27, 2010
By Eric Trainer, Associate Director of Media Relations
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- It had been quite some time since Chanelle Price had represented the University of Tennessee in competition. The junior from Easton, Pa., joined the cross country team at the Front Runner Invitational on Oct. 16, and she promptly led the Lady Vols to their best finish of the 2010 campaign.
Price, who finished 10th overall in 11 minutes, 37 seconds on the two-mile Moccasin Bend Course in Chattanooga and helped the Big Orange women card a fourth-place outcome in the team standings, had not run until the squad's fourth race of the year. In fact, she hadn't competed since track & field season last April, when she aided two of UT's three baton-event triumphs at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia before hanging up her spikes in 2010 due to injury.
While trying to bring her along slowly, UT Director of Track & Field and Women's Cross Country Coach JJ Clark inserted into the lineup at the Front Runner Invite two weeks ago with a nice two-mile warm-up race. On Monday, Nov. 1, Price and her teammates will be in Columbia, S.C., for the SEC Cross Country Championships at 10 a.m. Eastern Time, when she will toe the line for the full, 6,000-meter race.
In the accompanying video, Price talks about her 2010 cross country debut, the journey back to health, the cross country team's thoughts entering the SEC meet, her goals for the 2011 track season and her career ambitions.
On the oval, before injury derailed her last season, the 2008 Gatorade National Female High School Athlete of the Year had finished second in the SEC and fourth nationally in the 800 meters and was a member of UT's NCAA and SEC champion distance medley relay teams. She also ran on the Lady Vols' winning 4x800m and 4x1500m tandems at the Penn Relays.