Oct. 21, 2011
NEW ORLEANS -
The University of Alabama men’s and women’s cross country teams both moved up latest edition of the South Region top 10 rankings compiled by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The women’s team moved up three spots to No. 6 in the region while the men’s squad improved to No. 9.
The Crimson Tide women check in at No. 6 after winning the Crimson Classic on Oct. 15. The Tide is one of six Southeastern Conference programs to be included in the top 10. The other SEC schools include Vanderbilt (No. 2), Florida (No. 3), Georgia (No. 4), Mississippi State (No. 5), and Mississippi (No. 9).
The women’s team secured first place on Saturday with five top-25 finishes to beat Mississippi by three points on the 5-kilometer course. Leigh Gilmore led the way for the Crimson Tide with a time of 17:51.95 to finish ninth overall. Sarah Gilmore followed in 16th place with an 18:04.88 personal best while Katlyn Will ended up right behind her at 17th at 18:05.62.
Alabama’s men squad comes in at No. 9 after finishing fifth at the Crimson Classic that saw the return of SEC Co-Runner of the Week, Carison Kemei.
Kemei finished first overall at the Harry Prichett Running Course in the men’s 8-kilometer race with a time of 24:49.25. Joel Rop was not too far behind as he came in seventh overall with a time of 25:21.47. Gary Bradbury, Nathan Corder and freshman Matt Joyner followed Rop by placing 13th, 49th and 72nd overall, respectively. Oliver Blake was held out of his second straight race due to injury.
The USTFCCCA also released its updated national poll this week with the Oklahoma State and Wisconsin holding the top two spots in the men’s poll for the sixth straight week while Florida State became the new No. 1 in the women’s rankings.
Alabama returns to action next weekend at the SEC Championships on Oct. 29 in Maryville, Tenn.
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