Nov. 12, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Two Blazers ran personal-record times Saturday as the UAB cross country team ran to a 12th-place finish out of 27 teams at the NCAA South Regional hosted by Alabama at Harry Pritchett Cross Country Course in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Florida State, which is currently ranked No. 1 in the country, claimed the team title of the 6K race with a score of 34 points. Nationally-ranked Vanderbilt placed second with 54 points and Florida landed a third-place finish with 62 points. UAB claimed 12th with 377 points.
Florida State's Amanda Winslow (20:33.40), Hannah Brooks (20:34.10) and Violah Lagat (20:35.00) captured the top-three spots, respectively. Florida's Genevieve LaCaze and Vanderbilt's Louise Hannallah cross the line in fourth and fifth place, respectively, to round out the top-five finishers.
"Going into the meet ranked 13th in the south and finishing 12th is positive," head coach Tony Houchin said. "We were battling some injuries, but even without one of our top girls we were able to compete."
Blazer senior Rhiannon Johns was the top performer for UAB crossing the line in 21:32.10. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada product placed 27th just missing all-region honors awarded to the top-25 finishers.
Senior Kristina Vaughn crossed the line with a time of 22:10.20 to finish 57th. Junior Sarah Hudak placed 63rd with a personal-record time of 22:14.80.
Senior Lauren Fayen was UAB's fourth finisher with a personal-best time of 23:31.30, while freshman Kristie Leybourne ran a 23:42.80 in her first collegiate 6K competition to round out the top-five finishers for UAB.
Seniors Lucy Taylor and Colleen Standridge also competed for the Green and Gold, clocking times of 23:49.10 and 25:14.50, respectively.
Florida State and Vanderbilt will receive automatic bids to the NCAA D-1 Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. on Nov. 21. The top two teams from the nine regional meets receive automatic bids, and 13 bids will be at-large.