Nov. 19, 2013
Tuscaloosa, Ala. - Sophomores Katelyn Greenleaf and Meropi Panagiotou of the Alabama women's cross country team have earned All-South Region honors for their performances at last Friday's NCAA South Region Championships in Tuscaloosa. All-Region honors are reserved for the 450 male and female athletes from across the nation each season who place in the top 25 at the nine different regional championships.
Greenleaf (St. Petersburg, Fla./Northside Christian HS) earned the honor by virtue of a team-best 13th-place finish at the South Region championships on November 15 as she traversed the 6-kilometer version of the Harry Pritchett Running Course in a personal-best time of 20 minutes, 38.44 seconds. After putting together an impressive freshman campaign last season that was highlighted by a top-20 finish at the 2012 SEC Championships, Greenleaf consistently led the Crimson Tide as she posted the team's fastest times in five of six races this fall, including a ninth-place finish at the 2013 SEC Championships.
Panagiotou (Nicosia, Cyprus) was the individual champion in the season's first meet at the Samford Dual on August 31, and followed up with top-10 finishes at Iowa and the Crimson Classic as well as a 27th-place showing at the SEC Championships. Panagiotou finished 19th overall at the NCAA South Region Championships. Panagiotou also achieved a personal-best for the 6k distance at the region meet with a time of 20:43.88.
Largely due to the performances of Greenleaf and Panagiotou, the Alabama women's cross country team won the team title at three meets this fall - the Samford Dual (August 31), the Iowa Black and Gold Invitational (September 13) and the Crimson Classic (Oct. 18), in addition to posting Alabama's highest women's team finish at an NCAA South Region Championships since 1987, the Tide's third-place showing on November 15 in Tuscaloosa.