Cauble is SEC's CC athlete of week

University of Tennessee sophomore Megan Cauble has been named the Southeastern Conference Cross Country Female Athlete of the Week, the league office announced on Monday afternoon. She is the third honoree of 2003 and the first non-University of Arkansas runner to claim the distinction.

Cauble, a product of West High School in Knoxville earned the accolade after turning in the best performance of her young career on Friday evening as she helped lead the Lady Volunteers to victory at the Crimson Classic in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The second-year Big Orange harrier covered the 5000-meter Harry Pritchett Golf Course layout in 18:11.09 to finish third overall, second among collegians and first among her UT teammates.

With teammates Brooke Novak, Carly Matthews and Elizabeth McCalley sitting out the meet as part of their training regimen, Caubleís effort was instrumental in pacing the defending NCAA South Region champ Lady Vols, as they triumphed over 14 schools in the Alabama heat and humidity. The team pacesetter role for the local standout was the first during her time at Tennessee. The previous best squad finish had been third, which she accomplished at the season-opening Tennessee/adidas Invitational as well as the 2002 SEC and NCAA Championships meets.

''Megan ran exceptionally well despite the heat and humidity,'' UT Head Coach J.J. Clark said. ''She did a great job getting fit over the summer, and she seems to be getting stronger as the weeks go by.''

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