Men Finish Fifth; Women Sixth at SEC Cross Country Championships

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Andrea Torske was the top finisher for the UA women's team at the SEC Championships.
Andrea Torske was the top finisher for the UA women's team at the SEC Championships.

Oct. 31, 2011

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The University of Alabama men's and women's cross country teams began the championship portion of their schedule on Monday morning as the men's team finished tied for fifth while the women's team was sixth at the Southeastern Conference Championships.

The UA men's team tied host Tennessee with 169 points on the 8-kilometer course at Lambert Acres Golf Course in Maryville, Tenn. Arkansas won the men's title, its 19th in 21 years, with 33 points while Florida was second. The women's team amassed 181 points as Vanderbilt won its first team title.

"We had people run hard, but as a team made tactical errors early in the race that put us in some big holes to fight out of," UA head coach Dan Waters said. "They fought hard and I was pleased to see how the team was willing to put it all out there today."

Carison Kemei was the men's top finisher in 12th place with a time of 24:39.97 to earn second-team All-SEC honors for the second straight season. Joel Rop also finished in the top 20 with a season best time of 24:50.30 to claim 16th. Gary Bradbury and Austin Duckworth crossed next for the Tide, coming in 29th and 55th, respectively. Nathan Corder wrapped up the scoring for the men's team with a 71st place finish.

Senior Andrea Torske paced the women's team with a 28th place finish and a time of 21:36.75 in the Tide's first 6-kilometer race of the season. Leigh Gilmore and Katlyn Will trailed closely, coming in 31st and 33rd, respectively. Sarah Gilmore and Kelsey Johnson were the Tide's final two scorers as Gilmore finished 41st followed by Johnson in 58th.

"We need some additional training with our teams and increased consistency going forward," Waters said. "There's some corrections we need to make heading in the NCAA Regional meet to ensure that we have a better result."

The Tide will have a week off before hosting the NCAA South Region Championships on Nov. 12 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., at the Harry Pritchett Running Park. As one of nine regional sites, the meet will ultimately determine the field for the NCAA Championships with the top two teams from each region advancing.

Women's SEC Championships
Team Scores
1. Vanderbilt, 30
2. Arkansas, 61
3. Florida, 62
4. Georgia, 124
5. Mississippi, 158
6. Alabama, 181
7. Tennessee, 184
8. Kentucky, 214
9. Mississippi State, 233
10. Auburn, 247
11. South Carolina, 295
12. LSU, 337

Alabama Individual Results (104 Runners)
28. Andrea Torske, 21:36.75
31. Leigh Gilmore, 21:39.64
33. Katlyn Will, 21:43.94
41. Sarah Gilmore, 21:59.04
58. Kelsey Johnson, 22:28.01
65. Palee Myrex, 22:45.74
78. Elsbeth Denton, 23:11.34

Men's SEC Championships
Team Scores
1. Arkansas, 33
2. Florida, 66
3. Georgia, 68
4. Kentucky, 126
5. Tennessee, 169
5. Alabama, 169
7. Mississippi, 179
8. Auburn, 183
9. Mississippi State, 234
10. LSU, 235
11. Vanderbilt, 300

Alabama Individual Results (96 Runners)
12. Carison Kemei, 24:39.97
16. Joel Rop, 24:50.30
29. Gary Bradbury, 25:08.87
55. Austin Duckworth, 25:57.44
71. Nathan Corder, 26:30.32
78. Evan Kendrick, 26:57.82
82. Matt Joyner, 27:14.39
94. Nicholas Hayes, 28:28.60