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    SEC Cross Country Today: Friday, October 18

    Alabama Women’s Cross Country Team Captures Third Consecutive Crimson Classic Title; Men Finish Seventh

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama women’s cross country team captured its third team title of the season and its third consecutive Crimson Classic championship while the men finished seventh hosted by Alabama at the Harry Pritchett Running Park.

    “I’ve been very pleased with how the women’s team is coming along after each meet,” distance coach Adam Tribble said. “They are continuing to improve and I am really excited about where they are headed.”

    In the 5-kilometer women’s race, sophomore Katelyn Greenleaf finished second overall with a time of 17:22.22 while classmate Meropi Panagiotou ran a 17:28.32 en route to a third place finish.

    “Katelyn and Meropi both did a really nice job, finishing right there together,” Tribble said. “Even after being passed there at the end, Katelyn did a really good job of still fighting it off. Both of them did a nice job fighting today. The whole team did.”

    Freshman Hannah Waggoner, who ran a 17:45.39, finished 13th. Rounding out the scoring for the Tide, Rebecca Stover (17:48.74) finished 18th and Kimberley Ficenec (17:53.44) placed 21st.

    The men finished seventh with 175 points over an 8-kilometer course, paced by junior Matt Airola, who ran a season-best time 8-kilometer time of 25:23.43 and finished 19th.

    Other scorers for the men included a 24th place finish by sophomore Parker Deuel (25:30.53), sophomore Gil Walton (25:48.65) with a 39th place finish. Sophomore Eric Sivill (25:58.47) placed 48th and freshman Conner Thompson (25:58.88) finished 50th.   

    The Crimson Tide returns to action Nov. 1, at the SEC Championships in Gainesville, Fla.

    LSU Cross Country Teams Finish 13th, 17th at Crimson Classic

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Junior Philip Primeaux finished 53rd overall and led the Tigers to a 13th-place finish in the men’s 8k with 376 points, while junior Andria Aguilar finished 51st to cross the finish line first for the Lady Tigers for the fourth straight race, as she led her squad to a 17th-place finish in the women’s 5k with 438 points at the Harry Pritchett Running Course.

    Primeaux, the team’s leading point-scorer at 51 points, crossed the finish line at 26 minutes, 5.32 seconds. Other top finishers for the men included sophomore Travis Pope, who finished 73rd at 26:24.4 and junior William Wiesler, who placed 83rd with a time of 26:31.88.

    The Tigers had five runners achieve new personal records. Junior Philip Demsey (27:10.8), sophomore Travis Pope (26:24.4), redshirt freshman Kevin Kirchner (29:26.64) and freshmen Buck Baker (28:54.41) and Joseph St. Cyr (26:59.72) all accomplished this feat.

    Ty McCormack (24:26.99) from Auburn took the men’s crown while spearheading his team to a first-place overall finish.

    Aguilar, the team’s leading point-scorer at 50 points, crossed the finish line in 18 minutes, 22.87 seconds, a new personal record for the Metairie native. Aguilar was followed by freshman Ashley Welborn, who placed 80th with a time of 18:50.82 and redshirt freshman Chaiss Matthews, who crossed the finish line 102nd overall, clocking 19:11.63.

    Including Aguilar, Matthews and Welborn, the Lady Tigers saw eight out of 10 runners best previous personal records in the race. The Lady Tigers that celebrated this feat were junior Michelle Mobley (20:32.46); redshirt freshmen Meghan Charbonnet (19:26.4) and Elizabeth Dunning (20:56.5); and freshmen Danielle Avery (20:31.2) and Jenna Walker (19:38.5).

    Chelsea Blaase (17:21.19) from Tennesse took home the women’s crown, but Alabama’s home course advantage proved to be too much, as Alabama took home the team title with 54 points.

    “We had a lot of personal bests,” cross country head coach Khadevis Robinson said. “If everyone runs a personal best [at SEC Championships], then I will be happy.”

    Following the Crimson Classic, the Tigers and Lady Tigers will take a week off from competition before traveling east to Gainesville, Fla., for the second time this season where they will compete in the SEC Championships on Nov. 1. The meet will be held at the Mark Bostick Golf Course with the men’s race starting at 8 a.m. CDT and the women’s race immediately following at 9 a.m.

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    MSU Cross Country Women Finish Second, Men Finish Fourth At Crimson Classic

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- A short trip to Alabama resulted in big results for Mississippi State on Friday as the men's and women's cross country teams recorded fourth and second-place finishes, respectively, at the Crimson Classic.

    In their final event before the Southeastern Conference Championships in two weeks, the women tallied 80 points while the men posted 110 at Harry Pritchett Running Park.

    Senior standout Katie Huston (17:34.84) led the way for the Lady Bulldogs, finishing eighth in the 5K, followed by junior Emma Neigel (9th, 17:40.26). Cornelia Griesche (17:47.45) and freshmen Rhianwedd Price (17:53.90) and Lisa Ziegler (18:04.54) also had strong finishes for the women, rounding out the Top 30 at 16th, 22nd and 30th, respectively.

    Overall, the MSU women finished ahead of SEC foes Tennessee (3rd), Auburn (4th), Vanderbilt (6th) and LSU (17th).

    “I am so proud of my teammates,” Huston said. “We’ve been training harder than ever. It’s just awesome to see that our hard work and dedication has paid off so far this season.”

    Seizing the top 8K finish for the Bulldog men was John Valentine, clocking a 24:47.93 to finish sixth. In his debut for the Maroon and White, freshman Damian Roszko followed Valentine to post a spot in seventh with a time of 24:53.64.  Nearly half of MSU’s men finished in the Top 30 in a competitive field of nearly 200 runners. The Bulldogs beat out conference rivals Alabama (7th), LSU (13th) and Vanderbilt (15th).

    “With nine women running for us today, we were able to add some depth to the squad,” MSU coach Houston Franks said. “I am really pleased with how we finished, and with additional support from some newcomers, like Damian, the teams worked together to finish strong.”

    After returning home from Alabama, the teams will turn their focus to the SEC Championships slated for Nov. 1 at the University of Florida.