Nov. 12, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The University of Alabama men's and women's cross country teams ended their 2011 season at the NCAA South Region Championships Saturday morning at Harry Pritchett Running Course Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
The women's team finished sixth overall in the 6-kilometer race with Leigh Gilmore leading the way for the Tide with a 32nd place finish in 21:39.2. Andrea Torske and Sarah Gilmore followed in the 39th and 50th position with times of 21:50.5 and 22:02.0, respectively. Kelsey Johnson and Katlyn Will were the final two scorers for the women's squad.
"For the women, they fixed their tactical errors from the SEC meet so the results were much better," UA head coach Dan Waters said. "We are very happy with the way they competed and this is all part of a long process of getting better going forward."
The Alabama men secured an 18th place finish in the 10-kilometer race as senior Joel Rop led the way for the Crimson Tide with a time of 32:09.4 to finish 28th overall. Senior Gary Bradbury followed Rop in 76th place at 33:29.3 while Nathan Corder ended up right behind him with a time of 33:43.6. Matt Joyner (34:24.8) and Austin Duckworth (34:24.7) rounded out the men's scoring by coming 114th and 125th, respectively.
"The men's team has struggled with injuries most of the year and the guys that ran out there today ran a tough, hard race," Waters said. "I'm very proud of what they did. Joel Rop was our lead finisher and it was his last race in an Alabama uniform. I'm proud of that, his commitment to the program and what he's done for us."
In the overall team results, Florida State finished in first place with Florida following in a close second on the men's side to advance both teams to the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. The top two women's teams that automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships were Florida State and Vanderbilt.
Florida State also claimed both individual titles as David Forrester won the men's race in 30:43.3 while Amanda Winslow finished in 20:33.4 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 field.
UA's cross country teams will now transition into the indoor track season which begins on Jan. 14 with the Crimson Tide Indoor Opener at the CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala.
Alabama Men's 10-Kilometer Individual Results (159 runners)
28. Joel Rop, 32:09.4
76. Gary Bradbury, 33:29.3
93. Nathan Corder, 33:43.6
114. Matt Joyner, 34:24.8
125. Austin Duckworth, 34:42.7
147. Evan Kendrick, 35:50.5
Alabama Women's 5-Kilometer Individual Results (191 runners)
32. Leigh Gilmore, 21:39.2
39. Andrea Torske, 21:50.5
50. Sarah Gilmore, 22:02.0
55. Kelsey Johnson, 22:07.9
58. Katlyn Will, 22:11.6
88. Palee Myrex, 22:46.0
104. Elsbeth Denton, 23:03.8