Women's Cross Country Takes Second at Crimson Classic


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. Â- Cross country freshman Haley Moody led Alabama to a second place team finish at the 2007 Crimson Classic, pushing the Tide ahead of conference foes LSU and Mississippi State.

UAB won the meet with a low score of 33 points, followed by Alabama's 87. LSU was third with 94 points while Mississippi State scored 98 to take fourth.

"We still have girls a little banged up in our line-up so we are relying on the young girls to get better and train hard at the same time," Alabama coach Randy Hasenbank said. "They competed well. I liked the spirit they competed with."

Moody took third overall with a time of 17:50.33, just behind the senior duo of Lauren Blankenship of Samford and Elizabeth Ambrus of UAB.

"I was pleased with Haley Moody's performance," Hasenbank said. "She ran very well. She was under 18 minutes, which is fantastic. "

Tide senior Jen Gray was 13th with an 18:57.21 while junior Farrah Stewart and sophomore Ashley Ard were 18th and 19th respectively with times of 19:10.77 and 19:15.95. Freshman Meghan Hawkins rounded out the Tide's scoring five with a 20:16.95, good for 39th place.

"Jen Gray had a great improvement, maybe thirty seconds, over a year ago, " Hasenbank said. "That was significant. Ashley Ard had about a two minute improvement from one year ago at this meet. That's great improvement as well."

Alabama returns to action Sept. 29 at the Loyola Lakefront Invitational in Chicago, Ill.