Crimson Tide women
Crimson Tide women

The Crimson Tide women posted a program-best third-place finish with 166 points, while the men were 27th with 684 points

STILLWATER, Okla. – The Alabama women finished a program-best third overall at the 2022 NCAA Cross Country Championships at The Greiner Family OSU Cross Country Course in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday morning.

The event capped an extraordinary season for the Crimson Tide women, who took home their first NCAA trophy (top four teams make the podium) after winning their first Southeastern Conference title since 1987 and first NCAA South Regional Championships since 1986.

The women’s previous best finish came in 1987 when the Crimson Tide finished sixth. Saturday also marked the UA women’s third top-10 finish, after taking eighth two years ago and sixth in 1987. The Alabama men finished 27th, matching their finish from a year ago.

Alabama Head Coach Dan Waters Said

“Our women finished off an amazing season with the best national championship finish in program history. They were in it from the start and battled their way to our first podium restul, which means we’re bring NCAA hardware back to Tuscaloosa. We’re super proud of the job they’ve done all season and the way they’ve represented this University. We didn’t have the finish we were capable of on the men’s side, but overall, it was a great season for us and we’re looking forward to keeping things rolling on the track.”

The Crimson Tide Women – 3rd (166 points)

  • In all, Alabama put four runners in the top 16, led by rookie Hilda Olemomoi, who finished in sixth with a time of 19:45.6
  • Amaris Tyynismaa (19:48.2) was ninth, marking her second top-10 finish at nationals following a third-place showing two years ago
  • Flomena Asekol (19:56.5) took 14th and Mercy Chelangat (19:58.4) crossed the line in 16th
  • Elka Machan (20:57.7) rounded out Alabama’s scoring five, finishing 155th
  • Jami Reed (21:40.7) finished in 222nd and Sam McDonnell (22:37.2) was 248th
  • It was Alabama’s 11th top-25 finish at the national championships, 10th in the top 20 and third in the top 10
  • It was the women’s third-consecutive, top-15 finish after taking eighth in 2020 and 15th in 2021

The Alabama Men – 27th (683 points)

  • Victor Kiprop led the way for the men, finishing 66th in a time of 29.52.5, while Eliud Kipsang (30:11.6) crossed the line in 98th
  • Jacob Wiggers (31:01.2) finished 198th and Hillary Cheruiyot (31:09.3) took 209th
  • Brady Grant rounded out the Tide’s scoring five, taking 232nd in a time of 31:38.8
  • Gavin Saacke (32:05.1) and Brady Barton (32:30.2) rounded out the UA men’s lineup
  • It was the 22nd top-30 finish for the men at the NCAA Championships

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Women’s Team Finishes

1. NC State 114 pts

2. New Mexico 140 pts

3. Alabama 166 pts

4. Oklahoma State 201 pts

5. North Carolina 242 pts

6. Northern Arizona 257 pts

7. Notre Dame 261 pts

8. BYU 263 pts

9. Virginia 268 pts

10. Georgetown 271 pts

11. Colorado 286 pts

12. Utah 307 pts

13. Stanford 371 pts

14. Oregon 390 pts

15. Ohio State 467 pts

16. Providence 468 pts

17. Washington 470 pts

18. Florida State 471 pts

19. Wisconsin 494 pts

20. Michigan State 497 pts

21. Arkansas 507 pts

22. Michigan 534 pts

23. Syracuse 544 pts

24. Oregon State 544 pts

25. Colorado State 548 pts

Alabama Finishers

6. Hilda Olemomoi 19:45.6

9. Amaris Tyynismaa 19:48.2

14. Flomena Asekol 19:56.5

16. Mercy Chelangat 19:58.4

155. Elka Machan 20:57.7

222. Jami Reed 21:40.7

248. Sam McDonnell 22:37.2

Men’s Team Finishes

1. Northern Arizona 83 pts

2. Oklahoma State 83 pts

3. BYU 132 pts

4. Stanford 195 pts

5. Wake Forest 204 pts

6. Wisconsin 212 pts

7. Air Force 264 pts

8. Colorado 281 pts

9. Tulsa 304 pts

10. North Carolina 323 pts

11. NC State 334 pts

12. Syracuse 340 pts

13. Gonzaga 400 pts

14. Washington 422 pts

15. Notre Dame 450 pts

16. Oregon 465 pts

17. Harvard 474 pts

18. Texas 506 pts

19. Villanova 513 pts

20. Tennessee 517 pts

21. Butler 553 pts

22. Virginia 557 pts

23. Arkansas 584 pts

24. Ole Miss 598 pts

25. Montana State 599 pts

26. Utah State 618 pts

27. Alabama 683 pts

28. Colorado State 704 pts

29. Michigan 708 pts

30. Princeton 712 pts

31. Georgetown 752 pts

Alabama Finishers

66. Victor Kiprop 29:52.5

98. Eliud Kipsang 30:11.6

198. Jacob Wiggers 31:01.2

209. Hillary Cheruiyot 31:09.3

232. Brady Grant 31:38.8

241. Gavin Saacke 32:05.1

249. Brady Barton 32:30.2

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Anthony Foster
Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.

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