Friday, November 11, 2005
The Alabama women’s cross country team runs Saturday in the NCAA South Region Championships in Gainesville, Fla. The Tide, coming off its highest Southeastern Conference finishing since 2000, will be shooting for a top-10 finish at the regional.
“Our goal is to be among the top-10 and I think that’s realistic,” coach Steve Keith said. “We’ll be running with Tara (Enebak) who is out with a stress fracture, and we’ll certainly miss her, but this is a chance for others in the lineup to step up, contribute and help the team finish on a good note.”
The Crimson Tide is led by junior Julia Hicks, who earned All-SEC honors two weeks ago at the league championships. She set a new 6-kilometer record for the Tide at the SEC Championships, and posted Alabama’s the highest individual finish since 2000.
There will be about 25 schools involved in the race and 175 runners. The top two teams will advance to the NCAA Championships and the top four athletes on a non-advancing team will also make nationals.
“With a great race, Julia has a good chance to advance to the NCAA Championships,” Keith said. “She’s been improving every week, every race. But it will be a very competitive field, we’ll have to see how it goes.”
The meet gets underway at 11 a.m. ET over a 6k course.