Sept. 28, 2012
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -
Alabama's inexperienced cross country teams stepped up in class and struggled at the 57th annual Notre Dame Invitational Friday afternoon at the Burke Golf Course in South Bend, Ind. The women's team placed 16th of 18 teams while the men's team did not place as only four of the required five runners for scoring finished the race.
The Crimson Tide, fielding a roster almost entirely made up of freshmen in both divisions, showed progress against the toughest field it has faced thus far this season.
"Our women progressed today but the guys struggled," head coach Dan Waters said. "It's another valuable experience for a young team. We can't get too down about today because of our youth and inexperience, but I am eager to see us respond with a good performance next time out. We can grow from this, and I expect us to."
The Tide women placed 16th of 18 teams in the field as Florida State won the team race ahead of Notre Dame. Alabama was close behind the other SEC teams in the team, placing just back of Texas A&M (13th) and Mississippi State (15th). Meropi Panagiotou led Alabama in 58th overall in 17 minutes, 32 seconds, just ahead of Elsbeth Denton.
Alabama will take off next weekend before returning to action on Saturday, October 13, when the Crimson Tide hosts the Crimson Classic at the Harry Pritchett Running Park.
Men's Team Standings 1. Tulsa 104 points 2. Princeton 139 3. Notre Dame 143 4. Florida State 152 5. Eastern Kentucky 167 DNS Alabama Alabama Individual Men's Results 148. Parker Deuel, Fr. 26:03 153. Matt Joyner, Soph. 26:23 157. Gil Walton, Fr. 26:40 162. Eric Sivill, Fr. 27:02 Women's Team Standings 1. Florida State 29 points 2. Notre Dame 111 3. New Mexico 147 4. North Carolina State 148 5. Illinois 187 16. Alabama 378 Alabama Individual Women's Results 58. Meropi Panagiotou, Fr. 17:32 60. Elsbeth Denton, Sr. 17:32 63. Katelyn Greenleaf, Fr. 17:35 98. Claire Turner, Jr. 18:04 99. Susie Kemper, Fr. 18:04 104. Palee Myrex, Jr. 18:12 110. Analisa Patrick, Fr. 18:21