Lady Vols leap to No. 15 in poll

Bolstered by a solid seventh-place finish in the 37-team "White Race" at the ISU Pre-Nationals Invitational over the weekend, the University of Tennessee women's cross country team climbed nine spots to 15th in the most recent USTFCCCA poll.

The Lady Vols accumulated 190 points to jump from a season low of 24th in last week's poll, which is sponsored by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The Southeastern Conference, with its championship meet set for Oct. 28 in Baton Rouge, La., boasts four teams in this week's rankings. Arkansas remained at No. 4, while Florida (17th) and Georgia (20th), like Tennessee, were beneficiaries of strong performances at the pre-nationals meet in Terre Haute, Ind., on Oct. 14. The Gators and Bulldogs were unranked last week.

Tennessee, meanwhile, remains at No. 2 in the NCAA South Region rankings, trailing No. 14 Florida State and standing ahead of Florida and Georgia. The region meet will be contested at Lambert Acres Golf Club in Maryville, Tenn., on Nov. 11.

Defending national champion Stanford continued its stranglehold on the top spot, again receiving all 13 first-place votes and a maximum of 390 points. North Carolina State was second with 376, followed by Michigan (354.5), Arkansas (353) and Wisconsin (342.5) rounding out the top five.

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