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    Cross Country Championships Set For October 31st

    MARYVILLE, Tenn. – The Southeastern Conference and the University of Tennessee are set to play host to the 2011 SEC Cross Country Championships on Monday, Oct. 31, at Lambert Acres Golf Course in Maryville, Tenn.

    The men’s 8K race is scheduled for a 10 a.m. ET start, while the women’s 6K race will begin at 11 a.m. ET. An awards ceremony will follow the races. The official meet Web sites are: http://www.secdigitalnetwork.com/SECSPORTS/CHAMPIONSHIPS/2011CrossCountryChampionship.aspx and www.tenntrack.com.

    Admission to the 2011SEC Cross Country Championships is free.

    The defending SEC men’s cross country champion is Arkansas, which has claimed 18 of the last 20 conference titles. The two-time defending SEC women’s cross country champion is Florida. The Gators are looking to become the first team on the women’s side to win three in a row since Arkansas accomplished the feat from 2006-08.

    Arkansas is the lone SEC men’s team currently ranked in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Top-30 poll, checking in at No. 15. Georgia is currently receiving votes in the men’s national poll.

    Vanderbilt enters the meet ranked No. 3 in the latest USTFCCCA women’s poll after a spectacular race at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, defeating 19 ranked teams. The Commodores are seeking their first SEC women’s cross country title in program history. Arkansas is ranked No. 14 in the latest women’s poll, while Florida is also receiving votes.

    The defending women’s individual winner from a year ago, Kristie Krueger of Georgia, returns to this year’s meet, looking to become the first repeat individual champion since Auburn’s Angela Holman won three in a row from 2003-05.

    The SEC Cross Country Championships rotate to Maryville, Tenn., for the first time since 1998. That season, Arkansas won both the men’s and women’s team titles.

    Complete coverage of the 2011 SEC Cross Country Championships will be available on the SEC Digital Network.