XC runs in Tuscaloosa

By Chris Griesedieck |

The Samford Cross Country team competed at the Crimson Classic on Friday, hosted by the University of Alabama.  The women placed fifth as a team with 110 points while the men placed sixth in the 8k with 166 points.

Lauren D’Alessio, a junior nutrition and dietetics major, was the top overall finisher in the women’s 5K. D’Alessio led the entire field by nearly 20 seconds, winning the women’s 5k with a time of 17:23.40.  In the lead pack was freshman undeclared major Rachel Roberts, finishing close behind in third in 17:43.82.

The next Bulldog finisher was junior nursing major Holly Benson in 29th (18:30.76), then freshman undeclared major Rachel Wooten (36th, 18:36.68) and freshman exercise science major Frances Bernard (49th, 18:59.31) to wrap up Samford’s point scorers.

Sophomore nursing major Marie Demedicis and sophomore early childhood education major Chelsea Treadway finished neck-and-neck in 73rd (19:33.20) and 75th (19:35.83) respectively, with sophomore pre-pharmacy major Margaret Grogan (92nd, 19:59.75) and sophomore sports medicine major Anna Laura Irvine (105th, 20:22.58) rounding out Samford’s competitors.

For the men, freshman undeclared major Brandon Hazouri led the way for the Bulldogs, coming in 24th with a time of 26:30.59.  Hazouri has been Samford’s best runner in three out of four races this season.

Adam Jones, a freshman fellow undeclared major, was next across the finish line in 32nd (26:46.05), followed by nursing Layton Dorsett (40th, 26:53.53), freshman undeclared major Luke Weishaar (43rd, 26:55.36) and freshman exercise science major Steven Crain (62nd, 27:28.81) combining for 166 team points.

Junior communication studies major Ramsey White (85th, 28:12.92) and sophomore history major Lucas Sieb (86th, 28:21.38) rounded out the rest of Samford’s male runners.

The Bulldogs travel to Mount Pleasant, S.C. in two weeks as The Citadel hosts the 2012 Southern Conference Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Oct. 27.  The meet will take place at the Laurel Hill Plantation.  The women’s teams will start the event off with a 5,000-meter race at 10 a.m. ET and the men will follow with an 8,000-meter race at 10:45 a.m. ET.

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