Nov. 12, 2006
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee women's cross country team's streak of consecutive appearances at the NCAA Championship meet remains intact. The Lady Vols received word Sunday night from the selection committee that they were one of 13 women's teams receiving at-large bids to the national meet in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 20.
The Big Orange women, who finished third at Saturday's NCAA South Regional at Lambert Acres Golf Club in Maryville, will be making their fifth straight trip to the NCAA Championships and their 10th overall appearance at the meet. UT has made the field all five years of Head Coach J.J. Clark's tenure at Tennessee, and the program also made the NCAA cut in 1982, 1983, 1989, 1990 and 1998. Clark's squad finished 28th a year ago in Terre Haute.
UT is one of four South Region schools making the 31-team women's field, with region champion Georgia, runner-up Florida and fourth-place finisher Florida State drawing the other invitations. Other at-large invitees include Arizona State, BYU, Colorado State, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Providence, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Weber State.
In addition to the South's UGA and UF, the automatic qualifiers include Arkansas, Baylor, Boston College, Colorado, Duke, Georgetown, Illinois, Iona, Michigan State, Minnesota, North Carolina State, Princeton, Stanford, Texas Tech, UC Santa Barbara and Wisconsin.
Indiana State University will once again play host to the NCAA meet at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course. The women's 6000-meter race is scheduled for noon Eastern Time, with the men's 10,000-meter competition following at 1:15 p.m.