Women's Cross Country Wins Commodore Classic; Men Come in Second

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Carison Kemei was the second runner across the finish line on Saturday.
Carison Kemei was the second runner across the finish line on Saturday.

Sept. 17, 2011

Complete Results


The University of Alabama men’s and women’s cross country teams showed considerable improvement in their second race of the season as the women won the Commodore Classic while the men finished second on Saturday at Nashville’s Percy Ward Park.

The women’s team won by virtue of five top-20 finishes to edge Lipscomb on the 5-kilometer course. Katlyn Will led the Crimson Tide again with a season-best time of 18:09.10 to finish fourth overall. Andrea Torske followed in eighth at 18:20.30 while Leigh Gilmore came in 10th with a 18:21.50 finish. Both shaved approximately 10 seconds off their season opening times.

“Today was a total team effort in that we ran as a pack through the field really well,” UA head coach Dan Waters said of his victorious women’s team. “They started conservatively, which the coaches asked them to do, and then picked off the last couple of teams in the final mile to finish very strong. I’m extremely pleased with the great, tactical cross country running we displayed as a team.”

The Tide’s scoring on the women’s side was rounded out by Sarah Gilmore (18:29.80) and Kelsey Johnson (18:35.50) in 13th and 15th, respectively. Three of UA’s reserves, Claire Turner, Palee Myrex and Aubrielle Wright, all showed improvement with the trio recording personal bests.

The men’s team finished just 10 points behind Cincinnati to take second-place in the 8-kilometer race with a pair of UA runners finishing in the top 10.

Carison Kemei again led the Tide with a second-place finish in 24:35.90 to best his season-opening time by  two seconds. In his second race of the season, Joel Rop showed considerable improvement to finish ninth with a time of 25:32.30.

“This was a much better performance for the men,” Waters said. “The goals for the meet were reached in terms of establishing consistency and we definitely had great improvements from the first race. I can’t say enough about Carison and the fitness he’s shown. Plus everyone else is coming along nicely.”

The Tide’s British newcomers, Gary Bradbury and Oliver Blake finished 21st and 26th with times of 26:00.10 and 26:19.50, respectively. Austin Duckworth was the final finisher came across the line in 30th with a time of 26:23.40.

“Both teams accomplished what we wanted to in terms of establishing a consistency of effort,” Waters said. “Now it’s back to training and building momentum going into our next meet at Louisville.”

Waters’ teams will have two weeks’ worth of that training to prepare for the Greater Louisville Classic on Oct. 1.

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Commodore Classic
Percy Ward Park – Nashville, Tenn.

Women’s 5-Kilometer Team Results
1. Alabama, 45   
2. Lipscomb,  51   
3. Belmont, 80   
4. Vanderbilt “B”, 105   
5. Cincinnati, 141   
6. Jacksonville State, 182  
7. Memphis, 192  
8. Rhodes, 224  
9. Florida Gulf Coast, 293 
10. Marshall, 318  
11. Chattanooga, 319  
12. Union (Tenn.), 347  
13. Cerritos, 353  
14. Tennessee-Martin, 390  
15. Delta State, 391  
16. University of the South, 450  
17. Birmingham-Southern, 549  
18. Bethel (Tenn.), 589 
19. Freed-Hardeman, 608  
20. Trevecca Nazarene, 630  
21. Tennessee St., 636 
22. Alabama A&M, 645  
23. Spalding,  659 

Alabama Individual Women’s Results (194 Runners)
4. Katlyn Will, 18:09.10
8. Andrea Torske, 18:20.30
10. Leigh Gilmore, 18:21.50
13. Sarah Gilmore, 18:29.80
15. Kelsey Johnson, 18:35.50
20. Elsbeth Denton, 18:42.40
22. Claire Turner, 18:43.60
34. Palee Myrex, 19:01.20
73. Aubrielle Wright, 20:01.40

Men’s 8-Kilometer Team Results
1. Cincinnati, 75   
2. Alabama, 85   
3. Chattanooga, 110   
4. Belmont, 131    
5. Middle Tennessee State,  143   
6. Lipscomb, 196  
7. Memphis, 204   
8. Nashville Harriers, 226  
9. Vanderbilt, 231  
10. Florida Gulf Coast, 243  
11. Marshall, 265  
12. Jacksonville State, 287  
13. Cerritos, 317   
14. Rhodes, 354  
15. University of the South, 419  
16. Union (Tenn.), 425  
17. Spalding, 459  
18. Bethel (Tenn.), 466  
19. Birmingham-Southern, 527  
20. Tennessee State, 608 
21. Trevecca Nazarene, 664 
22. Freed-Hardeman, 689      

Alabama Men’s Individual Results (190 runners) 
2. Carison Kemei, 24:35.90
9. Joel Rop, 25:32.30
21. Gary Bradbury, 26:00.10
26. Oliver Blake, 26:19.50
30. Austin Duckworth, 26:23.40
62. Matt Joyner, 27:06.40
78. Nathan Corder, 27:29.40
91. Nicholas Hayes, 27:40.70