Sept. 14, 2011
NEW ORLEANS -
The University of Alabama men’s and women’s cross country teams remain ranked in the top 10 of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) regional rankings in the association’s second set of 2011 regional rankings. The men’s cross country team held on to the No. 4 slot in the South Region while the women’s squad fell back a spot to ninth.
The men’s team also garnered three votes in the coaches’ national poll to finish just outside the top 30 for the second straight poll.
In the men’s regional rankings, Florida State retained the top spot, followed by Florida, Georgia and the Crimson Tide. Chattanooga rounds out the top five.
In, the men’s season opener on Sept. 3, the squad began the season with a third-place finish at the Georgia Invitational. Senior Carison Kemei started the season off strong by winning the men’s 8-kilometer race with a time of 24:37.34.
In the women’s regional poll, Alabama is one of five SEC programs to be included in the top 10 joining Florida (No. 2), Vanderbilt (No. 3), Mississippi State (No. 4) and Georgia (No. 5).
Alabama’s women’s team finished second in the Georgia Invitational to open the 2011 campaign. Katlyn Will was UA’s top finisher in the women’s 5-kilometer race with an eighth-place time of 18:22.50.
The Tide men and women return to action this weekend on Sept. 17 at the Commodore Classic in Nashville, Tenn. There the teams will face regional foes such as Vanderbilt, Middle Tennessee State, Chattanooga, Jacksonville State and Belmont.
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