Cross County Women Finish 6th; Men 14th At NCAA South Regional

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Freshman Gil Walton led the Crimson Tide men at the NCAA South Regional.
Freshman Gil Walton led the Crimson Tide men at the NCAA South Regional.

Nov. 9, 2012

Tallahassee, Fla. -

The University of Alabama men’s and women’s cross country teams ended their 2012 season at the NCAA South Region Championships Friday morning in Tallahassee, Fla.

The women’s team finished sixth overall in the 6-kilometer race with Katelyn Greenleaf leading the way for the Tide with a 24th place finish in 20:44.2. Elsbeth Denton, Palee Myrex and Meropi Panagiotou were the Crimson Tide's next scorers in the 44th, 56th and 57th positions with times of 21:09.5, 21:25.6 and 21:26.1, respectively. Susie Kemper was the final scorer for the women’s squad.

“I thought our team competed well in both races, especially our women,” UA head coach Dan Waters said. “We have set a good foundation to build from this season. It's been a tough one, but I'm proud of our young team for the resilience they've shown.”

The Alabama men took 14th place finish in the 10-kilometer race as freshman Gil Walton led the way for the Crimson Tide with a time of 32:32.1 to finish 66th overall. Freshman Nic Wolfe followed Walton in 70th place at 32:35.4 while freshman Andrew Faris was 86th with a time of 32:49.9. Sophomore Matt Joyner (33:02.9) and freshman Justin Ahalt (33:11.5) rounded out the men’s scoring by coming 93rd and 105th, respectively.

In the overall team results, Florida State won both the men's and women's divisions. In the men's standings, FSU had a score of 27 points to outpace Georgia (2nd place with 48) and Florida (3rd, 67). The FSU women's took the team title with a low score of 24 to finish well ahead of runner-up Vanderbilt (112) and third-place Georgia (115). The top two teams in both divisions automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships.

Florida State also claimed both individual titles as Jakub Zivec won the men’s race in 30:23.9 while Violah Lagat finished in 20:06.6 to win the women’s race. The Seminoles finished 1-2-3 in the women’s race and had three in the top five of the men’s standings.

Alabama Men’s 10-Kilometer Individual Results (177 runners)
66. Gil Walton, 32:32.1
70. Nic Wolfe, 32:35.4
86. Andrew Faris, 32:49.9
93. Matt Joyner, 33:02.9
105. Justin Ahalt, 33:11.5
109. Eric Sivill, 33:19.4
157. Parker Deuel, 35:07.7

Alabama Women’s 6-Kilometer Individual Results (205 runners)
24. Katelyn Greenleaf, 20:44.2
44. Elsbeth Denton, 21:09.5
57. Palee Myrex, 21:25.6
58. Meropi Panagiotou, 21:26.1
69. Susie Kemper, 21:38.1
82. Analisa Patrick, 21:50.2
95. Kimberley Ficenec, 22:00.4