Women's Cross Country Team Heads to NCAA Regionals

Friday, November 14, 2003

Tara Enebak and Julia Hicks
Tara Enebak and Julia Hicks

The Alabama women’s cross country team travels to Auburn Saturday (Nov. 15) for the NCAA South Region Championships at Indian Pines Golf Course in Auburn, Ala.

The women’s race, which is run over a 6-kilometer course, gets underway at 10 a.m. The Crimson Tide will face a largely familiar field at the championships, with the top teams including Tennessee, Florida State, Georgia, Vanderbilt and Auburn. The top two teams along with the top four athletes not on an advancing team qualify for the NCAA Championships. Alabama is currently ranked tenth in the South region.

“We are ranked No. 10 (in the region) and our goal is to finish in the top-10, for this year at least,” coach Steve Keith said. “We haven’t had that ‘really good race’ yet and I know it is there; that race where everyone clicks and feels good at the same time.”

Alabama has had four freshman and one sophomore among its top-5 for a majority of the season, with rookies Tara Enebak and Julia Hicks leading the Tide pack.

“I’m seeing a much more cohesive group in practice so let’s hope it translates into a good team effort,” Keith said. “We’ve gotten our health back after the SEC, put in a couple of good workouts so we’re ready to roll and the women are very motivated to finish the season on a positive note. Mentally they should be focused and anxious to put one out there.”

Alabama finished 10th at the SEC Championships two weeks ago and 14th at the 2002 South Region Championships.