Varsity sports weekend preview: Oct. 29-31 St. Thomas Newsroom October 29, 1999 Cross country: The months of training and races across the country start to come to fruition when the Tommie men’s and women’s cross country teams compete in the MIAC Championships this Saturday at Como Golf Course in St. Paul. St. Thomas’ women’s team is ranked ninth nationally but it will have to battle St. Olaf and Macalester in the 5,000-meter race that starts at 2 p.m. UST will run two past conference champs in the race –sophomore Kelly Faris and senior Heather Phillips.The men will try to prevent St. John’s from claiming a fourth-straight title in the 8,000-meter race that begins at 3 p.m. The teams split decisions in invitationals in the past month. UST junior Ryan Kollmann is among the favorites in the individual race.Football: The football team has a tough task ahead in an attempt to stay tied for the top spot in the conference. St. Thomas (5-2 overall, 5-1 MIAC) hosts Bethel at 1 p.m. Saturday in the final regular season game at O’Shaughnessy Stadium. The Royals are formidable. They have a victory over St. John’s and have lost two games by a combined eight points this season. But the Tommies were impressive in winning their fourth in a row last Saturday at Augsburg, 30-20. Freshman Jake Barkley filled in for injured Marcus Ludtke with 126 yards rushing.The game will be televised live on Media One Cable in St. Paul and certain northern and southern suburbs.Swimming: It’s time to get in the tank again — the swimming tank, that is. Coach Tom Hodgson will get his first look at his women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams in the nonscoring UST relays that will be held Saturday at the College of St. Catherine pool. Several MIAC teams are expected to participate. Action begins at 11 a.m.Volleyball: It will be more than just a tune-up when the St. Thomas volleyball team plays their final home match of the season Friday night against St. Benedict’s. The Tommies (19-9 overall, 10-0 MIAC) already have clinched the top seed in the Nov. 5-6 MIAC tourney. But they haven’t won the league title because that is determined by a combination of regular season results and the tournament.St. Ben’s is no slouch and figures to test the 19th-ranked Tommies’ 5-0 home court record in the 7:30 p.m. match. St. Thomas is looking for its first conference volleyball title and NCAA berth since 1992. Before that, however, it’s one more Schoenecker Arena look at seniors Jenny Schmitt, Jill Kraus, Rachel Myskewitz and Kirsten Johnson.The volleyballers had a 12-match winning streak before losing to host UW-LaCrosse in the championship match of a tournament last weekend.Men’s soccer: The men’s soccer team has two home game remaining — this Saturday when they host St. John’s at 3 p.m. and Nov. 6 when Bethel drops by for a 1 p.m. start. The men’s team dropped to 6-9 overall (3-5 MIAC) with a 4-0 loss to Macalester last week.Women’s soccer: The women’s soccer team guaranteed themselves a winning season with a 3-1 win last Friday against Hamline. Katie Dolan, Natalie Walz and Sarah Osberg scored as the Tommies improved to 9-6-1 overall, 4-4 in the MIAC. Amy Ginsburg was in goal. The season finale is this Saturday at St. Ben’s in St. Joseph at 1 p.m.