Oct. 30, 2013
THIS WEEK - SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS (GAINESVILLE, FLA.)
The University of Alabama men's and women's cross country teams travel to the SEC Championships slated to take place this Friday, November 1. Hosted by the University of Florida at the Mark Bostick Golf Course, the men's will race in the 8k at 8 a.m. Central Time (CT), while the women's 6k is slated to begin at 9 a.m. CT.
IN THE RANKINGS
The Alabama women's team moved up one slot and is ranked fourth in the USTFCCCA South Regional rankings, released October 21. The men fell one spot to 12th in the South Region.
WOMEN WIN THREE OF FOUR
After a first-place finish at the Crimson Classic on October 18, the women's cross country team has won three of four races entered this season. They enter the SEC Championships with wins at the Samford Dual, the Iowa Black and Gold Invitational and the Crimson Classic, coupled with a top-10 finish at the competitive Paul Short Invitational.
GREENLEAF PACES TIDE
Through four meets in the 2013 season, sophomore Katelyn Greenleaf has been the top finisher for the women's cross country team three times. The native of St. Petersburg, Fla. has also been a runner-up finisher overall in three separate races as well (Samford Dual, Iowa Black & Gold and the Crimson Classic). Greenleaf has the 17th fastest 6-kilometer time in the SEC, coupled with the seventh-fastest 4k time in the conference.
ALABAMA'S HISTORY AT THE SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Alabama cross country teams have won a total of five Southeastern Conference team titles (three men's titles, two women's team titles) and produced 12 SEC individual champions (eight men, four women). The Crimson Tide has won men's team titles in 1973, 2008 and 2009 while the Tide women won team crowns in 1986 and 1987. The great David Kimani won SEC men's titles for Alabama in 2000, 2001 and 2002. Other Tide individual men's winners were Robert Peete (1959-60), Steve Bolt (1976), German Beltran (1988) and Emmanuel Bor (2007). For the women, Evelyn Adiru won the individual title in 1985 and 1987 before Carole Trepanier took the title in 1988.
LAST YEAR AT THE SEC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Alabama posted a pair of 11th place team finishes at the 2012 SEC Cross Country Championships in Nashville, Tenn. (hosted by Vanderbilt University). The men's team was paced by a 56th place finish by freshman Robbie Farnham-Rose while the women's team was led by freshman Katelyn Greenleaf's 20th place showing.
The Crimson Tide will return home to host the NCAA South Regional on Friday, Nov. 15, at the Harry Pritchett Running Park in Tuscaloosa, Ala. This is the fifth time since 2001 that the Crimson Tide has hosted a regional, having also hosted in 2001, 2004, 2009 and 2011.
FOLLOWING THE TIDE
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