OXFORD, Miss. Under freshman head coach Sean Carlson, the Tennessee men’s cross country team achieved its best finish at the conference since 1999, finishing second with 64 points. The Lady Vols finished sixth as a team with 159 points. “We’re about 120 days into it and we’ve come second in the SEC Championships,” Carlson said. “If we can get to that point in three months, we like to think that in another year or two we can really get this program back to where we want it to be. Today was a bit bittersweet coming in within five points of winning , but I think we’re moving in the right direction.”I thought our women ran really well and Kayla Gholar really took a big step this year. She was in her 40s last season and moved up to 13th today. That’s great feedback. We were fifth in the women’s last year and lost our top three runners and to come back and finish sixth and be 12 points in fifth with a roster that we haven’t really added anyone to is pretty impressive. They’ve all grown a lot this season and I’m looking forward to the future. MEN’S RECAPDylan Jacobs and Yaseen Abdalla led the men to second place on Friday with a second and third place respectively. Jacobs battled for the individual title throughout the race, crossing the finish line in second at 22:42.78. He garnered First Team All-SEC accolades with the placing Abdalla came in third in 22:45.57 and also took first team honors It is the first time since 1995 that the Vols have placed two runners in the top 10 at the conference meeting. Karl Thiessen took 14th overall at 23:40.26 to earn second-team All-SEC recognition It is the third time he has achieved All-SEC honors in cross country, becoming the first Vol to do so since Michael Spooner between 2008 and 10. Tennessee’s three All-SEC honors are the most since 1999. Nate Kawalec and Canaan Anderson rounded out UT’s scorers on Friday, finishing 15th and 30th.Kawalec ran the 8K course in 23:41.72, who le Anderson egg nded in 24:18.11. RECAP FOR WOMEN Gholar was the first Lady Vol to cross the line on Friday, finishing 13th at 20:07.67. Her finish earned Second Team All-SEC accolades. Freshman Andie-Marie Jones finished 29th overall with a finishing time of 20:40.15 and was the second runner to finish for the women. Rachel Sutliff crossed the line in third for UT and 33rd overall at 20:48.14, with Callie Tucker and Msgana Araya in 41st and 46th respectively. Tucker ran the 6K course in 20:56.97, while Araya ran it in 21:05.21. UP NEXT Tennessee takes a team to Blacksburg, Virginia, for the Virginia Tech Hokie Open on Friday, November 4. Meanwhile, eight student athletes for the men and women will prepare for the NCAA South Regional to be held Friday, Nov. 11 in Huntsville, Alabama.