SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Alabama cross country returns to action on Friday at the Joe Piane Invitational in South Bend, Ind., at the Burke Golf Course.
The women will compete over a 5,000-meter course, with the race getting underway at 9:30 a.m. CT. The men will race over a 5 mile course starting at 10:15 a.m. CT. Friday’s races will be the only ones outside the south for the Crimson Tide during this cross country season.
“I’m really excited to see how I can do in my first race of the season. It always makes me a little nervous, the first race of the season, because you don’t know what to expect, but I feel like this will be a good meet. We’ll be able to work together, because even if you’re having a bad day, when see your teammates right next to you, it gives you energy.”
“I think there’s going to be a big difference between the North Alabama Showcase and racing at Notre Dame. We’ve been working really hard in training, putting in the miles and upping our speed. So I am really looking forward to Friday.”
- The women’s field has a dozen nationally ranked teams, including No. 7 Alabama, along with No. 1 NC State, No. 3 New Mexico, No. 8 Washington, No. 15 Ole Miss, No. 17 Michigan State, No. 18 Florida State, No. 19 Notre Dame, No. 21 Indiana, No. 23 Illinois, No. 29 Furman and No. 29 Princeton
- The men’s field includes 11 nationally ranked squads, including No. 15 Alabama as well as No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 10 Butler, No. 18 Ole Miss, No. 19 Furman, No. 25 Michigan, No. 26 Indiana, No. 28 Weber State, No. 29 Florida State, No. 30 Michigan State and No. 30 Purdue
The Crimson Tide Women
The Alabama Men
- The men have eight slated to compete in South Bend, including Carson Burian, Hillary Cheruiyot, Jack Hawes, Victor Kiprop, Eliud Kipsang, Rich Saenz, Paul Selden and Jacob Wiggers
- Kiprop won his first Alabama race, taking top honors at the North Alabama Showcase, followed by Kipsang and Cheruiyot in his UA debut
- Kiprop was named the SEC Runner of the Week, while Cheruiyot was the SEC Freshman of the Week following the Showcase
- Alabama won the Showcase after tallying 25 points
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