Nov. 15, 2004
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- After securing the program's third-straight NCAA Championship bid with a third-consecutive NCAA South Regional title over the weekend, the University of Tennessee women were rewarded with a one-spot boost from 15th to 14th in Monday's FinishLynx/NCAA Division I Women's Cross Country Poll.
The Lady Vols collected 217 points to enter the national meet ranked among the nation's top 15 teams for the first time since 1990. They will be joined at the NCAA gathering in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 22 by Southeastern Conference foes Arkansas and Georgia, who report in at 19th and 20th this week. UT held off UA by two points to win the SEC title on Oct. 30 and edged UGA by two on Saturday to seize a regional triumph.
Stanford, last season's national champion, will enter the NCAA meet as the prohibitive favorite after once again holding the poll's top spot with 13 first-place votes and 390 points. The rest of the top five remained the same, with Providence, Colorado, Michigan and Duke falling in line behind the Cardinal. Notre Dame, Arizona State, North Carolina State, Missouri and North Carolina round out the top 10.
Tennessee, now a school-best 111-5 and with a UT-record five meet victories under its belt in 2004, will try to improve upon national finishes of 28th in 2002 and 24th in 2003 during Clark's first two seasons at the Big Orange helm.
|Rk.||Team (First-place votes)||Points|
|8.||North Carolina State||294|
|17.||UC Santa Barbara||178|