TUSCALOOSA The University of Alabama men’s cross country team will make their third consecutive appearance in the NCAA cross country national championship race tomorrow in Terre Haute, Ind.
“We said at the beginning of the year we wanted to be a top ten program this season and I think we have a very good shot at that,” head cross country coach Joe Walker said. “We are headed into this meet with our top five guys healthy and ready to go, unlike the past couple of years we have been here.”
The No. 12 ranked Tide will make their seventh appearance in the last nine seasons at the NCAA Championships, this time the goal is clear, finish as a team in the top ten. The only time in school history that has happened was in 1989 when they Bama finished seventh overall.
Also look for a couple of Tide individuals to earn their first cross country All-American honors at the 2007 championships. Sophomore Emmanuel Bor has been the Tide’s top finisher in every race he has competed, including winning the 2007 SEC Championship. Augustus Maiyo has been the Tide’s second finisher in every race he has competed this season, he was an All-American in the steeplechase in the 2006 outdoor season.
To earn All-American honors a runner must finish in the top 30 at the NCAA Championships.
The Tide is coming off of a dominant performance in route to winning the NCAA South Regional last weekend in Gainesville, Fla. Alabama’s tops five runners all earned All-South Region Team honors.
The NCAA Championship race will begin Monday afternoon at 11:00 a.m. central time. For the first time in NCAA cross country history the event will be carried live on CSTV (Check your local listings for channels) and www.cstv.com.