Women's Cross Country Team Finishes 12th at NCAA South Regional



 

Results - Team | Individual

The Alabama women’s cross country team finished 12th at the NCAA South Region Championships led by an 11th place finish by junior Julia Hicks.

Hicks ran a 21:09.90 over the 6-kilometer course, just off her career best time set at the Southeastern Conference Championships. Hicks finished 61st at last year’s NCAA Regional with a 22:46.32. As a team, the Tide was 15th at last year’s regional.

Tennessee won the women’s race with 76 points, followed by Georgia with 98 points. The two SEC squads will advance to the NCAA Championships. Alabama's 318 points were just two behind 11th place Memphis. Hicks finished as the second alternate to the NCAA Championships. Hicks’ finish earned her All-South Region honors.

“Julia had an excellent, excellent race,” coach Steve Keith said. “This was a much tougher course than we ran on at SECs, but she was more relaxed and put together a better race. As a team, we definitely missed Tara (Enebak) but this was an improvement over last year and a good effort considering we were not 100-percent.”

Sophomore Tara Enebak, the Tide’s No. 2 runner this season, was diagnosed with a stress fracture after the SEC Championships and missed regionals. Junior Megan Carnes was the Tide’s second finisher, taking 67th place with a 22:53.00. Freshmen Katie Davis and Molly McNutt were next for the Tide, taking 82nd and 8th respectively. Davis crossed the line at 23:14.27 while McNutt clocked a 23:16.84. Junior Elizabeth Wancowicz rounded out the Tide’s scoring five, taking 96th place with a 23:28.45.

With the cross country season over, the Tide looks forward to indoor track and field. A strong cross country season, especially by Hicks, should carry over.

“This should really help Julia’s confidence going into the indoor and outdoor seasons,” Keith said. “She knows that she can compete at this level now and should stay at this level or even improve on the track.”

2005 NCAA South Region Championships
1. Tennessee - 76
2. Georgia - 98
3. Florida State - 118
4. UAB - 162
5. Florida - 178
6. UT-Chattanooga - 198
7. Samford - 199
8. Vanderbilt - 210
9. Georgia Tech - 250
10. Mississippi State - 279
11. Memphis - 316
12. Alabama - 318
13. South Florida - 319
14. Southern Miss - 366
15. Belmont University - 385
16. Auburn - 446
17. Florida International - 466
18. Georgia State - 482
19. Jacksonville - 492
20. Miami - 502
21. Central Florida - 552
22. Ole Miss - 579
23. Birmingham-Southern - 648
24. Troy - 648

Alabama Finishes
11 Hicks, Julia 21:09.90
67 Carnes, Megan 22:53.00
82 Davis, Katie 23:14.27
86 McNutt, Molly 23:16.34
96 Wancowicz, Elizabeth 23:28.45
103 Gray, Jennifer 23:38.77
127 Davis, Blair 24:02.31