Sept. 14, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The University of Alabama men's and women's cross country teams resume competition this weekend with their second meet of the season at the Commodore Classic on Saturday, Sept. 15, at Percy Warner Park in Nashville, Tenn.
The Crimson Tide will be joined by more than 20 other programs including South Region foes such as Vanderbilt, Chattanooga, Belmont and Lipscomb in a field that will give Alabama a chance to build off their solid debut at the Crimson Classic on September 1.
"This will be the first opportunity our freshmen have to face SEC competition, so it's a good measure of us for this early in the season," said UA head coach Dan Waters. "With that in mind, our athletes have to approach it with the right attitude."
In the men's season opener on Sept. 1, the Alabama cross country teams won both the men's and women's races of the Crimson Tide Kick Off at the Harry Pritchett Running Park in Tuscaloosa.
Saturday's event starts at 9 a.m. with the men's Gold 8K Race. There will be 24 teams in the race, including seven SEC schools. The women's Gold 6K Race will begin at 9:45 a.m. That race will include 25 schools and eight SEC participants.
"I expect our team to be ready to compete and expect to be contenders," Waters said. "We need to approach every competition with the mindset that we are going out there to win. I think that's especially important for us now because of the youth of our team. If we are to reach the goals that we have in mind, we have to approach every competition with the right mindset. I think they will be ready. This is what we have prepared for and this is what they have come to Alabama to compete in - against runners of this caliber and against programs that they will be measured against. I expect them to respond well and to compete."
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