Sept. 29, 2015
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Thanks to an impressive showing at the Cowboy Jamboree last weekend, the Alabama women’s cross country team broke into the top 30 at No. 29 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Coaches Poll released Tuesday. The national ranking is the first in program history since the 1995 season.
The Crimson Tide finished second at the Cowboy Jamboree, hosted by Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., on Saturday, Sept. 26. The team compiled 41 points, only two behind then-No. 28 Oklahoma State and 28 ahead of Northern Arizona, a team that was receiving votes in the national poll going into the race.
Redshirt freshman Rachael Reddy once again paced Alabama, as she won the individual title with an impressive 6k time of 21:02.30. Senior Katelyn Greenleaf made it a one-two finish for the Tide, crossing the finish line second with a time of 21:09.30. Junior Hannah Waggoner also produced a top-10 finish, recording a 21:29.80 for seventh. Overall, Alabama placed six runners in the top 20.
The Tide joins Vanderbilt as the only two squads from the South Region to earn a national ranking this week; the Commodores are currently ranked 22nd. Regional foes Mississippi State and Lipscomb are receiving votes.
Arkansas, which has been the highest-ranked SEC team since the preseason, remained at No. 10 for a second consecutive week.
The Alabama women’s team will return to competition on Friday, Oct. 16, when the Harry Pritchett Running Park hosts the annual Crimson Classic. The meet will serve as the team’s Power of Pink event.
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