Gator Men’s XC Third, Women Fourth in Tallahassee After Tight Battle at NCAA South Region Championship
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida’s cross country squads emerged out of the 2012 NCAA South Region Championship Friday morning in Tallahassee with third and fourth-place finishes on the men’s and women’s sides, respectively, the men with 67 points and the women with 122. After falling shy of top-two NCAA automatic qualifying bids, both Gator squads will await potential team and/or individual at-large bids to the 2012 NCAA Championship Nov. 17, to be announced on NCAA.com by noon Saturday.
A total of 10 points separated the second, third and fourth-place team finishers on the women’s side in an extremely tight race, with Vandy eventually being tabbed second (112), Georgia third (115) and Florida fourth (122) behind host squad FSU in first (24). On the men’s side, the Seminoles earned the team victory (27), while SEC institutions Georgia (48) and Florida (67) rounded out the top three team squads.
For Florida’s men, the finish was the Gators’ third consecutive top-three regional finish, while the women were top-five at the South Regional for the eighth straight season. On the men’s side, the Orange and Blue will anxiously await a potential second-straight nationals bid, while the women also hope to be an at-large squad Saturday following the NCAAs at-large announcements, which would send them to nationals for the sixth time in the last seven seasons as a team.
Seven Florida runners were tabbed USTFCCCA All-South Region performers for their race results Friday, while the Gators collaboratively eclipsed nine personal-best marks, five on the women’s side and four on the men’s at the South Region Championship in Tallahassee.
Jumping from its season mainstay 8K to a 10K at the regional championship, the men’s team rallied to place all five scorers within the top 25 of the 177-athlete men’s South Region field, as senior Mark Parrish (Tampa, Fla.) led the way in fifth, followed by sophomores Jimmy Clark (St. Johns, Fla.), Eddie Garcia (Jacksonville, Fla.), JL Hines (Orlando, Fla.) and junior Matt Mizereck (Tallahassee, Fla.) in 13th, 14th, 16th and 19th, respectively. For Parrish, Mizereck and Clark, the top-25 All-South Region accolades marked their second-consecutive from the meet, while Garcia and Hines picked up the first regional honors of their Gator careers. Mizereck, the Tallahassee native and Leon product, made it three-straight All-South Region accolades for the Orange and Blue – one for each year of his Florida career.
Clark (30:51.0), Garcia (30:51.3), Hines (30:56.5) and redshirt freshman Harsha Torke (Viera, Fla.) (32:41.4) all clocked personal-best 10K races for the Gators. Senior Josh Izewski (Doylestown, Pa.) finished sixth for UF, while Torke crossed the finish line seventh for Florida.
In women’s action, senior veteran and leader Florence Ngetich (Eldama Ravine, Kenya) led the way on the women’s side with a fifth-place finish (20:16.8) to shatter her lifetime best and score first for the Gators, while fellow classmate Callie Cooper (St. Augustine, Fla.) checked in 22nd in the field for Florida with a personal-best of her own in 20:41.4 as UF’s second scorer. Both Ngetich and Cooper picked up USTFCCCA All-South Region honors as top-25 finishers, marking Ngetich’s second consecutive All-South Region honor, while the honor for Cooper was the first regional accolade in her four-year Gator career.
Ngetich and Cooper were two of five Gators with personal-best marks on the afternoon, as UF’s third and fourth scorers in juniors Shelby Hayes (Winter Park, Fla.) and Steph Strasser (Fernandina Beach, Fla.) each turned in career-bests one right after the other, placing 29th (20:50.6) and 31st (20:54.6) in the 205-runner women’s field.
Junior Agata Strausa (Riga, Latvia) scored fifth for the Gators in 35th (21:02.0), while senior Mandy Perkins (Ormond Beach, Fla.) capped off regionals with a lifetime best 6K (21:14.3) in 47th and first-year Gator Shelby Davidson (Melbourne, Fla.) rounded out UF’s regionals competitors in 78th (21:46.8), just two seconds off her career-best.
Visit GatorZone.com Saturday following the NCAA’s at-large announcement – no later than noon Nov. 10 – for more information on the remainder of the Gators’ 2012 cross country season.
Louisville will play host to the 2012 NCAA Championships Nov. 17. For the first time since World War II, The NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships will be held on a Saturday instead of a Monday - and for just the second time in a BIG EAST Conference City. With the new date formula prescribing the national meet be held on Saturday before Thanksgiving, and by virtue of the calendar having the earliest possible Thanksgiving this year, the meet will be the earliest in Division I history.
Florida’s women placed the highest in history at NCAAs in 2009 (seventh), while the men were sixth in 1990 for the men’s program’s best NCAA finish.
Razorbacks defend regional title, advance to NCAAs
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Behind five top-15 individual performances, the No. 12 University of Arkansas women’s cross country team ran to a first-place finish Friday morning at the 2012 NCAA Division I South Central Regional Championships at Agri Park in Fayetteville. The win marks the Razorbacks’ second-straight regional title and 17th in program history.
With its victory, Arkansas clinched an automatic berth in the NCAA Championships. The Razorbacks will be making their 25th appearance at the national meet. The team has now earned an automatic top-two spot in the NCAA meet on 23 occasions.
“Obviously, we are really excited not only to host the regional championships, but with the opportunity to walk away with the victory makes it even more special,” Arkansas women’s head coach Lance Harter said. “Considering some strategies, we held out two of our top five and we will try to put them back into the lineup for the national meet.
“This year, for the first time, our regional championship and our national championship are only seven days apart, so we want to make sure that everyone is ultimately 100 percent ultimately for the nationals.”
The Razorbacks were paced by top-five finishes by Semehar Tesfaye and Grace Heymsfield who placed third and fourth, respectively. In her first regional competition for Arkansas, Tesfaye crossed the finish line in a 6K time of 20:54.4. Heymsfield finished right behind her as the team’s second runner, posting a time of 20:55.0.
Arkansas’ top-five runners were rounded out by Diane Robison in 10th place at 21:15.7, Jessica Kamilos in 12th place at 21:23.5 and Paige Johnston in 15th place at 21:32.2. The team’s remaining runners were Shannon Klenke in 22nd place at 21:49.0 and Kaitlin Flattmann in 39th place at 22:21.7. For their respective efforts, Tesfaye, Heymsfield, Robison, Kamilos, Johnston and Klenke received all-region accolades.
“I’m very happy with my race today,” Tesfaye said. “After SECs being so disappointing, it felt good to bring my all and see good results. I am very pleased with the teams winning effort today. We are all very proud to finish on top.”
In the overall team standings, Arkansas led a top five that included Texas, Texas A&M, SMU and UT-San Antonio, respectively. The Longhorns also secured a spot into the national meet with their second-place finish. Marielle Hall of Texas was the women’s individual winner.
The collegiate season comes to a close Nov. 17 with the 2012 NCAA Division I Championships. The national meet will be contested at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. For more information regarding Razorback cross country or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
Runner-up finish clinches NCAA spot for Arkansas Men
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The 10th-ranked University of Arkansas men’s cross country team secured a place at the national meet Friday afternoon with its runner-up effort at the 2012 NCAA Division I South Central Regional Championships at Agri Park in Fayetteville. With the team’s results, the Razorbacks will be making their 42nd appearance at the NCAA Championships.
“It was another nervy meet with a lot on the line today, but our kids did a great job,” head coach Chris Bucknam said. “Our goal going into every meet is to win but with this one, we just wanted to finish in the top two to get the automatic qualifying position. I am happy with our performance and look forward to moving on to the national championship next week.”
Arkansas was paced by three top-eight performances from Kemoy Campbell, Solomon Haile and Eric Fernandez. In his first regional competition for the Razorbacks, Campbell was the team’s top runner with a third-place finish. He crossed the finish line in a 10K time of 29:43.0. He was followed by Haile in fifth place at 30:07.5 and Fernandez in eighth at 30:19.8.
The team’s four and five spots were occupied by Layne Nixon and David Flynn, respectively. Nixon posted a time of 30:47.5 to finish in 14th place overall, while Flynn finished in 23rd place with a time of 31:24.3. Friday’s race was the first appearance in the scoring lineup for Flynn since the season-opening meet. The Razorbacks’ final, and sixth, runner in the race were Cameron Efurd in 41st place overall with a time of 32:13.8.
“Our goal today was to come in and qualify for nationals,” Campbell said. “I think the guys did a great job of executing the plan. This was my first 10K and I feel like I ran well. I’m looking forward to the NCAA meet but I know it’s going to be a tough race, so the team and I are going to come away from today ready to prepare for next week.”
The Razorbacks collected five-all-region honors Friday with the performances from Campbell, Haile, Fernandez, Nixon and Flynn. In the overall team standings, Texas won the regional title to join Arkansas as automatic qualifiers. The top-five teams were rounded out by Texas A&M, McNeese State and Stephen F. Austin, respectively. Henry Lelei of Texas A&M was the individual champion.
The collegiate season comes to a close Nov. 17 with the 2012 NCAA Division I Championships. The national meet will be contested at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky.
Tennessee's Okwera Qualifies for NCAA Championships with 6th Place Finish
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As he’s done all season, Tennessee cross country sophomore Peter Okwera led the Big Orange harriers at the annual NCAA South Regional on Friday in Tallahassee, Fla., posting a sixth place finish to become the first Vol runner to automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships since Zach Sabatino finished third at the event in 2005.
Running the first 10,000-meter course of the season, Okwera navigated the Apalachee Regional Park trail in 30 minutes, 41.10 seconds to finish sixth and lead the Vols to an eighth place team finish in a field of 26 regional teams. For his efforts, Okwera was named to the All-South Region team.
The sophomore has led the Vols in every race this season and was coming off a sixth place finish at the annual Southeastern Conference Championship two weeks ago. The Kampala, Uganda, native was named All-SEC for his performance in Nashville and was the highest individual finisher since Sabatino also finished sixth at the 2005 league championships.
23rd-ranked Florida State landed three runners in the top five en route to the men’s title. The Seminoles accumulated 27 points and were followed by No. 26 Georgia with 48 total points. Those two squads got the automatic nod into the NCAA Championships in Louisville, Ky., later this month. On the women’s side the top-ranked Seminoles finished 1-2-3 and totaled 24 points to capture the title. Vanderbilt finished second with 112 total points, just three ahead of Georgia (115).
Leading the Lady Vols to a top-10 finish was freshman Alexis Panisse, who completed the 6K course in a personal-best 20:56. Panisse came in 32nd overall, just seven spots off the All-South Region pace. The rookie led UT to a 10th place finish in a loaded field of 29 squads from around the region. She was the fifth finishing freshman at the meet.
Junior Stephen Derlath followed Okwera in 44th place overall, obliterating his top time by posting a 31:57.20 10K mark. Freshman Kyle Walter continued his stellar freshman campaign, coming in 58th overall in 32:16, while juniors Jake Rainey and Daniel Tobin rounded out the UT scoring in 65th and 83rd, respectively.
Also running but not factoring into the scoring was sophomore J.R. Creekmore, who finished 103rd in 33 minutes, 10.9 seconds.
On the women’s side, senior Kelsey Kane continued her outstanding campaign with a top-50 finish and shattered her top time by over 30 seconds, crossing the line in 21:15.7. Junior Amber Zimmerman finished third for the Lady Vols, with a top time of 21:28.7. Sophomore Kacey Nobert came across the line in a PR of 22:01.8, while freshman Chelsea Blaase rounded out the UT top five in 105th place. Blaase also ran a personal best.
Competing but not factoring into the scoring was junior Nijgia Snapp and sophomore Amirah Johnson. The duo both bested their previous top times and ran a tight group, finishing 123rd and 128th, respectively.
Okwera will be in action at the 2012 NCAA Cross Country Championship on Saturday, Nov. 17 at E.P. Tom Sawyer State in Louisville, Ky. For the first time since World War II, the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships will be held on a Saturday instead of a Monday and for the second time in a BIG EAST Conference city. Okwera will be the first Vol runner at the NCAA Championships since Michael Spooner – who landed an at-large bid – placed 125th in 2010.
Georgia Cross Country Earns Invite To NCAA Championships
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - For the second consecutive season, the Georgia men’s cross country team has clinched its spot in the NCAA Championships after taking second at the NCAA South Regional Championships in Tallahassee, Fla., on Friday morning.
Individually, sophomore Carly Hamilton earned her first invitation to the NCAA Championships after taking fourth overall in the women’s 6k. She and her teammates also have a shot at earning an at-large spot to the national meet.
The NCAA will announce all individual and team at-large bids for the NCAA Championships by noon on Saturday on NCAA.com.
“I’m very proud of the way both of our teams performed today,” said Bulldog coach Patrick Cunniff. “I feel like both teams competed so well against a talented group of competitors. All of our crew represented the University of Georgia really well.”
The 26th-ranked Bulldog men scored 48 points in the 10k race to earn runner-up honors behind 23rd-ranked Florida State (27). The first- and second-place teams automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships on Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky. All five Georgia scorers making their way into the top 15 enabled UGA to leave the Apalachee Regional Park with their best score in history at this meet as six Bulldogs earned All-Region honors.
Florida (67), Georgia Tech (212) and Mississippi State (216) rounded out the top five team finishers.
“To have six All-Region runners and all five scorers in the top 15 shows how tight and how strong this team actually is,” Cunniff said.
Georgia also advanced to the 2011 NCAA Championships after earning an at-large bid with a third-place finish at last year’s Regionals. The last time the Bulldogs advanced to back-to-back national meets was in 2003-04. Georgia’s 29th-place finish at NCAAs last season was an SEC-best showing.
On the women’s side, the Lady Bulldogs, who came into the meet ranked fifth in the South Region, surged to a third-place finish with 115 points. Vanderbilt (112) squeezed past Georgia by just three points for the final automatic qualifying spot as the nation’s top-ranked team, Florida State (24), cruised to a victory on its home course.
This is the best team finish for the Lady Bulldogs since automatically qualifying for the 2007 NCAA Championships with a runner-up finish. Georgia won its one and only NCAA South Regional title in 2006 before taking 15th at Nationals.
“Our girls ran their hearts out this morning,” said Cunniff. “They ran as well as they possibly could have. I am cautiously optimistic now about our chances of making it to the NCAA Championships. I am as proud as I can be of this crew.”
During the men’s race, junior Brandon Lord continued his improvement at this Regional meet by taking third overall behind a pair of Seminoles. After finishing 50th in 2010 and 16th in 2011, Lord rolled to the best finish for a Bulldog since Simon Ngata won the 2003 meet after placing third. Lord clocked a 30:35.8 with a mile pace of 4:56.
“Brandon finishing in third place in this conference is a super strong outing for him,” Cunniff said. “And we are expecting more of the same from him at Nationals.”
Senior Brett Richardson was next across the line to earn his second straight All-Region honor, taking eighth. He finished in 30:44.0 as he prepares for his second trip to the NCAA Championships.
Another senior, Brian Detweiler, went from finishing 61st in 2009 and 21st in 2011 to taking 10th this season. The Stone Mountain native completed his laps in 30:46.5. This is also the second year in a row that Detweiler has brought All-Region honors back to Athens.
The Bulldogs’ two-time SEC steeplechase champion was the next Bulldog across the line. Senior Matt Cleaver, who was seventh at this meet last season, battled for a 12th place finish this year. He had a time of 30:50.2 after leading the charge for Georgia at last season’s NCAA Championships.
“The three seniors on this team made this performance happen,” said Cunniff. “They have demonstrated their leadership all season long and they are the ones who really drove us to NCAAs.”
Junior Luke Baker was the fifth and final scorer for Georgia after managing a 15th-place finish. He clocked a mark of 30:51.3 for his first All-Region honor during his second time running in the meet.
Also earning All-Region honors was junior Charlie Sparks, who took 21st with a time of 31:15.9. Sophomore Zack Sims was Georgia’s final finisher with a time of 31:54.4 for 40th place in the 177-man field.
In the women’s race, Hamilton punched her ticket for the NCAA Championships by taking fourth overall with a time of 20:16.1, trailing a trio of Florida State finishers.
Hamilton crossed the line as the top finisher not from the winning team of Florida State. Her fourth-place overall finish punches her ticket to the NCAA Championships as an individual competitor. Hamilton did not finish at the 2011 SEC Championships and then did not compete at last year’s Regionals.
This marks the best individual finish for the Lady Bulldogs since Kristie Krueger swept the SEC Championships and the South Regional meet in 2010.
“Carly had an even better performance today than she did at SECs which is really saying something,” Cunniff said. “She finished strong against some of the best individual runners in the nation.”
Senior Morgan VanGorder also earned All-Region honors after clocking a 20:37.6 for 19th place. She was the 10th runner to finish not on one of the two automatic qualifying teams and will now have to wait and see if she receives an at-large individual bid (if the team does not advance). VanGorder was 69th and 66th during her first two cracks at the Regional meet in 2010 and 2011.
Racing in her first NCAA South Regional, sophomore Bret McDaniel finished one spot out of All-Region honors after taking 26th. The Atlanta native and Wake Forest transfer completed the course in 20:49.2 to be the Lady Bulldogs’ second finisher. McDaniel scored in all five of the meets she competed in this season.
Senior Leslie Boozer scored at Regionals for the third consecutive season with a 30th-place finish. The 2011 All-Region performer had a time of 20:53.5 to give Georgia four runners in the top 30 finishers in a field that featured 205 runners.
Fellow senior Nicole DiMercurio rounded out the scorers for Georgia after finishing 36th. She had a time of 21:03.1 during the first trip of her career to Regionals. DiMercurio scored in five meets she competed in this year.
“I thought our next four scorers for the women after Carly gave everything they had and that is all you can ask for,” said Cunniff.
The Lady Bulldogs also traveled juniors Savannah Kirk and Stella Christoforou. Kirk was 51st (21:19.7) at her first Regional meet as Christoforou took 76th (21:46.3) during her first stop at this meet.
Henry Lelei defends South Central title as Aggies place third in team scoring
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Texas A&M senior Henry Lelei defended his individual title at the NCAA South Central region meet with a convincing victory on Friday afternoon while the Aggie men and women each placed third in team scoring behind Arkansas and Texas on the Agri Park course.
“Henry Lelei just keeps rocking and rolling,” said Texas A&M assistant coach Wendel McRaven. “He dominated the race. We finished third as a team and that’s where we were ranked in the region coming in. I thought if we really ran well, then there was a possibility we could pick off Arkansas, but they ran solid on their home course.”
“It was the best team race of the year for the women. That was a really good way to start the day off. I was really pleased with the overall total effort on the women’s side. They did a really great job.”
Currently, Lelei is an individual qualifier for the NCAA Championships, which will be held next Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky. While the top two teams from each of the nine regions earn automatic entry into the national meet the remainder of the field is selected by committee.
The 13 at-large teams gaining entry into the NCAA Championships will be announced at noon Saturday.
“Now we have to wait until tomorrow to see if we receive an at-large bid,” noted McRaven. “I think we have a good chance of getting it.”
Lelei was challenged earlier in the race by David Rooney of McNeese State. Lelei pulled ahead of the field by a comfortable margin and cruised to victory in 29 minutes, 36.5 seconds over the 10,000-meter course. Rooney claimed second in 29:41.4 while Arkansas’ Kemoy Campbell placed third in 29:43.0.
“I wanted to do well to help the team as well as defend my title,” said Lelei, who ran 30:09.4 for his region title last fall. “I was comfortable running my first 10,000 this fall despite the wind we had. I enjoyed lowering my time from my victory last year.
“Right now I’m happy, but also a little disappointed that we have to wait and see if the team made it to nationals as an at-large team. My teammates have been pushing me in practice and working hard the whole season, so I would rather have them with me at nationals rather than go there by myself.”
No. 5 Texas won the men’s title over No. 10 Arkansas, 38 to 53, while the No. 12 Arkansas women defeated No. 22 Texas, 44-68. The Aggie men, nationally ranked No. 29, totaled 93 points to finish ahead of McNeese State (157), SFA (174), Rice (190) and Lamar (211). For the A&M women, a total of 140 points put them ahead of SMU (178), UTSA (187), TCU (189), Baylor (217), and LSU (230). There were 19 teams that finished each race.
James Hodges had another strong outing for the Aggies as he covered the course in 30:45.2 to place 13th as the second A&M finisher. Stephen Curry finished 18th as the third Aggie with a time of 31:10.1.
“James ran a tough race and put himself out there, but paid for it a little bit at the end,” said McRaven. “Stephen had a solid race and joined Henry and James in earning all-region honors.”
Rounding out the team score were Isaac Spencer (31:35.8) and Micah Dettmer (32:07.1), who placed 26th and 37th in the field. MacLean O’Donnell (74th - 33:13.4) and C.J. Brown (92nd - 33:53.5) rounded out the A&M squad.
Hillary Montgomery led the A&M women by placing 19th in a time of 21:37.7 over 6,000 meters. Gabby Salazar placed 24th as the next Aggie to finish, running a time of 21:57.7. They both earned all-region honors for placing among the top 25 runners.
“I’m just so excited, since I think the team finally ran up to its full potential,” stated Montgomery. “It was good to see us work together and prove that we can do well in a meet like this. It was challenging today with the hilly course and the wind.
“We’re really excited for next year. We’ve already decided we need to finish higher than third at the region meet and make nationals.”
Shawn Dalglish (22:03.8) and Grace Fletcher (22:04.8) crossed the finish line a second apart in 30th and 31st place. Then Tara Upshaw (22:15.5) wrapped up the team score in 36th place. Sophie Blake (53rd – 22:46.0) and Amanda Jenkins (55th – 22:52.5) rounded out the squad.
Gamecocks Claim 10th At NCAA Southeast Regional Championships
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The South Carolina cross country team wrapped up its season in strong fashion on Friday afternoon as it finished 10th out of 37 teams at the 2012 NCAA Southeast Regional Championships at McAlpine Park in Charlotte, N.C.
The Gamecocks had 309 points for the 6,000-meter race to give the program it’s best finish at the region championship since placing ninth in 1994.
“They did really well today,” South Carolina head coach Stan Rosenthal said. “We were ranked ninth in the region coming in, but 10th is still really good. It’s the highest finish we’ve had in a really, really long time. (Freshman) Kayla Lampe was awesome. She started out with the front pack and stayed with it when the pack broke down. It was an awesome race. The other girls fought hard, and it was a really great effort.”
Four of South Carolina’s seven runners recorded personal records, with Lampe delivering one of the best performances of her career to lead the way. She claimed eighth place out of 255 runners with a PR of 20:04.43 to earn All-Southeast Region honors. Her finish is the highest ever by a Gamecock freshman at the event. Lampe will now wait for the NCAA Championship at-large bids to be announced to find out if she made the field.
A native of Downingtown, Pa., Lampe got off to a solid start and was in the middle of the lead pack after the first lap. She was in sixth place on the final lap heading down the hill toward the final stretch, but a pair of runners passed her on the hill, leaving her in eighth on the way to the finish line.
“My strategy going into today was to just stay with that top pack and get out fast,” Lampe said. “I just wanted to hold my place and try to stay in the top 12. I think I definitely exceeded those expectations.”
Senior Chelsea France was the second Gamecock to cross the finish line as she placed 32nd with a time of 21:30.75. South Carolina had three more runners finish in the top 100. Junior Penny Boswell turned in a PR of 22:16.22 to finish 89th, while freshman Mary Fouse (22:18.08) and sophomore Meredith Mill (22:25.67, PR) finished 92nd and 98th, respectively.
Freshman Christine Kent also ran a PR for South Carolina as she turned in a time of 22:53.24 to finish 138th. Freshman Anna Todd rounded out the Gamecock contingent with a 240th-place finish in 25:29.29.
Duke placed four runners in the top 20 to claim the team championship with 81 points. William and Mary took second with 123 points, followed by North Carolina State (147), Kentucky (173) and North Carolina (195). Kentucky’s Cally Macumber won the meet with a time of 20:10.98.
LSU Cross Country Teams End Seasons at NCAA South Central Regional
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The LSU cross country teams ended their seasons after competing in the NCAA South Central Regional held at Agri Park XC course in Fayetteville, Ark., on Friday.
The Lady Tigers finished eighth out of 19 schools with a total score of 230.
“We fell apart a little bit on the women’s side,” LSU head coach Mark Elliott said. “We were hoping for a top-three finish, but one of our top runners had to drop out of the race with a back issue and that threw us off.”
Senior Laura Carleton once again finished as the top Lady Tiger, making it her sixth-consecutive race to lead the team. Carleton finished the women’s 6k race in 20th place with a time of 21 minutes, 40.11 seconds.
Trailing Carleton for the Lady Tigers were senior Dakota Goodman in 27th place at 21:54.53, senior Charlene Lipsey in 33rd place at 22:13.83, senior Leigh-Ann Naccari in 71st place at 23:15.47 and junior Laura Aleman in 93rd place at 23:47.66.
“Overall the women had a great season,” Elliott said. “It is one of the best seasons we have ever had.”
Also, after finishing in the Top 25, Carleton was named as a member of the All-Region team.
On the men’s side, sophomore Phillip Primeaux led the Tigers by finishing in 82nd place with a time of 33:31.29 in the 10k race. Primeaux’s time of 33:31.29 seconds is a personal best at the Agri Park Cross Country Course.
“When all is said and done, the guys had a decent season considering what we came to the table with,” Elliott said. “Hopefully next year they will continue to get better and we can pull better results as we go along.”
The Tigers placed 18th overall with a total of 492 points.
Next action for the Tigers and Lady Tigers will be with the opening of the indoor track and field season. The season opener will take place on January 12, 2013 at Fair Park Arena in Birmingham, Ala.
Kentucky's Macumber Wins NCAA Southeast Regional
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Cally Macumber continued to show scintillating form when she won her second-straight race, the NCAA Southeast Regional at McAlpine Creek Park on Friday.
Macumber flew across the 6,000 meter course in 20:10.98, a time less than two seconds off her season-best time at that distance.
Chelsea Oswald also enjoyed a banner day with a second consecutive third-place performance to give the Wildcats a pair of podium finishers for the second time in a row. The senior lowered her previous best 6K time by 14 seconds.
Both Macumber and Oswald qualified for the NCAA Championships by virtue of finishing inside the individual top four.
Macumber, a junior in cross country, has now won three races this season, and she has finished in the top 10 at every meet she has entered.
Oswald extended her season-long streak of top-25 finishes to six. The senior has placed inside the top 10 at all but one competition in 2012.
Anna Bostrom and Allison Peare both contributed top-25 finishes to help the Kentucky women’s team finish fourth overall in a field of 37 teams.
Macumber, Oswald, Peare and Bostrom were all named to the All-Southeast Region Team, tying Kentucky with Duke for the most All-Region qualifiers. The women’s race featured 255 runners.
“To have four All-Region runners on our team is absolutely outstanding,” women’s cross country coach Hakon DeVries said. “They competed so well. Cally and Chelsea continue to impress me with their racing instincts and ability.
“I’m very happy they will be representing the University of Kentucky next week. It will be the first appearance at an NCAA Championship for each of them. I know they will have the same high expectations that I do.”
Luis Orta led the men’s team to a 12th-place finish with a time of 30:08.32 more than 30 seconds faster than his time at regionals last season. The senior qualified for the All-Region team as 228 runners from 34 teams competed in the men’s race.
Walter Luttrell placed 67th (31:43.45), Adam Kahleifeh finished 77th. (31:53.00), Stacey Eden came in 87th (32:13.87) and MacKay Wilson was 92nd (32:18.14) to round out the top 100 UK finishers.
The women’s team improved its overall finish by eight spots from last season, and the men placed four spots higher than in 2011.
Macumber and Oswald will race at the NCAA Championships in Louisville on Saturday, Nov. 17.
Alabama Cross County Women Finish 6th; Men 14th At NCAA South Regional
Tallahassee, Fla. – The University of Alabama men’s and women’s cross country teams ended their 2012 season at the NCAA South Region Championships Friday morning in Tallahassee, Fla.
The women’s team finished sixth overall in the 6-kilometer race with Katelyn Greenleaf leading the way for the Tide with a 24th place finish in 20:44.2. Elsbeth Denton, Palee Myrex and Meropi Panagiotou were the Crimson Tide's next scorers in the 44th, 56th and 57th positions with times of 21:09.5, 21:25.6 and 21:26.1, respectively. Susie Kemper was the final scorer for the women’s squad.
“I thought our team competed well in both races, especially our women,” UA head coach Dan Waters said. “We have set a good foundation to build from this season. It's been a tough one, but I'm proud of our young team for the resilience they've shown.”
The Alabama men took 14th place finish in the 10-kilometer race as freshman Gil Walton led the way for the Crimson Tide with a time of 32:32.1 to finish 66th overall. Freshman Nic Wolfe followed Walton in 70th place at 32:35.4 while freshman Andrew Faris was 86th with a time of 32:49.9. Sophomore Matt Joyner (33:02.9) and freshman Justin Ahalt (33:11.5) rounded out the men’s scoring by coming 93rd and 105th, respectively.
In the overall team results, Florida State won both the men's and women's divisions. In the men's standings, FSU had a score of 27 points to outpace Georgia (2nd place with 48) and Florida (3rd, 67). The FSU women's took the team title with a low score of 24 to finish well ahead of runner-up Vanderbilt (112) and third-place Georgia (115). The top two teams in both divisions automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships.
Florida State also claimed both individual titles as Jakub Zivec won the men’s race in 30:23.9 while Violah Lagat finished in 20:06.6 to win the women’s race. The Seminoles finished 1-2-3 in the women’s race and had three in the top five of the men’s standings.