Cross Country Women Wins Crimson Classic; Men Finish Fifth

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Freshman Katelyn Greenleaf led the way for the Tide with a time of 17: 48.08, finishing fifth overall.
Freshman Katelyn Greenleaf led the way for the Tide with a time of 17: 48.08, finishing fifth overall.

Oct. 13, 2012

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The University of Alabama women’s cross country team defended its home course and won its second straight Crimson Classic title while the men finished fifth at the Harry Pritchett Running Course Saturday morning. 

“It was great for the women to get the win and defend their title from last year,” UA head coach Dan Waters said. “Obviously, Katelyn Greenleaf ran a fantastic race; she’s running the kind of times that I would expect her to be a top-15 or top-10 finisher in the SEC in a couple weeks, which would be outstanding as a freshman.

The women’s team secured first place with four top-25 finishes to beat Tennessee by 20 points on the 5-kilometer course. Greenleaf, a freshman, led the way for the Tide with a time of 17: 48.08, finishing fifth overall. Senior Elsbeth Denton finished sixth with a time of 17:51.98 while freshman Meropi Panagiotou followed in 16th place with a time of 18:12.12.

“The race was definitely tough in the middle,” Greenleaf said.  “But by the end, I just tried to kick it down the last straightaway and give it my all.”

Junior Claire Turner (18:28.84) and junior Palee Myrex (18:30.13) rounded out the women’s scoring by coming in 25th and 26th, respectively. Samford’s Lauren D’Alessio won the women’s race in 17:23.40.

“I was going into the race, hoping for a good one because last week was a personal record,” Greenleaf said. “So I was hoping for a time close to it because this is a tougher course. I think I met my expectations time-wise, it was good.”

The men’s squad finished fifth overall with ten Alabama runners competing in the 8-kilometer race. Georgia Tech won the men’s race with five runners placing in the top 25.

“On the men’s side, I was extremely happy with Robbie (Farnham-Rose) today,” Waters said. “He ran an incredibly tough race and had about seven weeks of training. It just shows his immense talent and he has a big, bright future for us, so I was very happy to see that.

Farnham-Rose, a freshman, was Alabama’s top runner, finishing fifth with a time of 25:37.53. Freshman Parker Deuel finished next in 28th place, with a time of 26:39.02. Freshmen Gil Walton, Justin Ahalt and Andrew Faris followed Deuel by placing 36th, 42nd and 49th, respectively.

“It’s the second race I’ve done here and the first one I’ve finished,” Farnham-Rose said. “It was so tough, it was so physically tough. The starts are easy, but I couldn’t breathe the second half and just held on for dear life. I was nervous at the end because I didn’t think I finished that quickly- it was good.”

Alabama competes next at the SEC Championship on October 26 in Nashville, Tenn.

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Crimson Classic Collegiate Results

Men’s Team Results

1. Georgia Tech, 66

2. Auburn, 73

3. Mississippi State, 77

4. Tennessee, 101

5. Alabama, 133

6. Samford, 166

7. Sam Houston State, 186

8. Northern Kentucky, 207

9. Mississippi, 241

10. Mississippi Valley, 271

11. Jacksonville State, 278

12. Tulane, 324

13. North Alabama, 393


Alabama Men’s 8-Kilometer Individual Results (111 runners)

5. Robbie Farnham-Rose 25:37.53

28. Parker Deuel 26:39.02

36. Gil Walton 26:50.53

42 Justin Ahalt 26:54.91

49. Andrew Faris 27:06.71

60. Eric Sivill 27:26.30

64. Matt Joyner 27.30.70

69. Nic Wolfe 27:38.11

94. Andrew Harris 28: 56.01

100. Alex LoPresti 29:27.99


Women’s Team Results

1. Alabama, 74

2. Tennessee, 94

3. Mississippi State, 96

4. Lipscomb, 105

5. Samford, 110

6. Georgia Tech, 138

7. Auburn, 156

8. Sam Houston State, 189

9. Mississippi, 264

10. Jacksonville State, 302

11. Mississippi Valley, 317

12. Northern Kentucky, 332

13. Shorter, 337

14. North Alabama, 399


Alabama Women’s 5-Kilometer Individual Results (135 runners)

5. Katelyn Greenleaf 17:48.08

6. Elsbeth Denton 17:51.98

16. Meropi Panagiotou 18:12.12

25. Claire Turner 18:28.84

26. Palee Myrex 18.30.13

34. Abigail Tankersley 18:34.64

35. Analisa Patrick 18:35.60

38. Susie Kemper 18:39.02

47. Rebecca Stover 18:58.21

59. Kim Ficenec 19:13.46

95. Natalie Dimits 20:01.48