UA's No. 5 Cross Country eases into season

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. The University of Alabama men's cross country team finished fourth at the Powerade Invitational hosted by Chattanooga at the Moccasin Bend Race Course Friday evening. The Crimson Tide, ranked fifth nationally, opted to hold out its top runners in the season opener to give the squad's underclassmen the opportunity to gain valuable race experience.

Junior Austin Duckworth paced UA finishing 19th overall with a time of 16:23 on the 5-kilometer course. Four of the Tide's five scorers scored in the top 30 with Terrell Mickens, Evan Kendrick and Nathan Corder all finishing under 17 minutes in 24th, 26th and 28th places, respectively.

Festus Chemaoi of Middle Tennessee State, which did not compete as a full team, won the race with a time of 15:12. Chattanooga defended its home course to win the team title with its top five runners scoring in the top eight and four in the top five. Kennesaw State and Austin Peay took second and third, followed by Alabama, Lipcomb, Alabama-Huntsville and Covenant College.

David May, Kenta Nolin and Michael Niezgoda rounded out the lineup for UA in 43rd, 46th and 48th in the 64-runner field.

The Tide's full lineup is expected to run in next Saturday's Crimson Classic hosted by UA on the Harry Pritchett Running Park where they will be joined by UA's women's squad in the Tide's only home event of the season.

Powerade Invitational

Moccasin Bend Race Course – 5K

Team Scoring

1. Chattanooga – 21

2. Kennesaw State – 38

3. Austin Peay – 83

4. Alabama – 100

5. Lipscomb – 125

6. Alabama-Hunstville – 133

7. Covenant College – 183

Alabama Results

19. Austin Duckworth – 16:23

24. Terrell Mickens – 16:48

26. Evan Kendrick – 16:57

28. Nathan Corder – 16:59

43. David May – 17:29

46. Kenta Nolin – 17:43

48. Michael Niezgoda – 17:47

INFORMATION SOURCE: University of Alabama Athletics