South Carolina Earns Fourth at Crimson Classic
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (Oct. 14, 2022) – It was another successful day on the cross-country course for South Carolina as the Gamecocks finished fourth overall in the Crimson Classic in Tuscaloosa, Ala. In addition to the team placing fourth, the Gamecocks met several team and individual goals set by Cross Country Coach Andrew Allden.
The Gamecocks (134) finished ahead of the likes of Samford (151), Southern Miss (153), Georgia (243) as well as ACC rival, Clemson (263).
“Overall, I felt that the times were excellent and I am very pleased with our placements,” stated Coach Allden. “The course technically was short of 6,000 meters, so you could add about 30 seconds to the times. Our goal was to finish Top 5 and we achieved that. Samford and Southern Miss are regionally ranked and Samford beat us at Louisville. Individually we wanted to place six in the Top-50 and see how many we could place in the Top 20-25. This was a very good team run and was an excellent first 6K for the freshmen. We have run this meet a number of times and this is by far our best team performance at this meet in both placement and time. The conditions were perfect today and we took advantage of that.”
For the second consecutive week, Svenja Sommer led the charge for South Carolina, logging a time of 20:59.4 to place 15th overall in her first collegiate 6K. Hope Dominique was on the heels of Sommer, clocking 21:08.5 to place 17th overall at the Crimson Classic.
A trio of freshmen rounded out the team points for South Carolina, led by Anna Boyd who placed 28th with a time of 21:15.8. Hayden Withers finished 36th, running a 21:31.3 6K, while Gabriella Gait-Smith finished 48th overall with a time of 21:42.3.
Alabama claimed the podium in its home race with 26 total points, followed by Auburn with 79 and Middle Tennessee State with 120. The Gamecocks recorded 134 points to sit fourth overall, 17 points clear of Samford (151) who finished fifth.
South Carolina will return to action on Friday, Oct. 28 when the Gamecocks travel to Oxford, Miss. to compete in the 2022 Southeastern Conference Championship.
1. Alabama – 26 points
2. Auburn – 79 points
3. Middle Tennessee State – 120 points
4. South Carolina – 134 points
Individual Gamecock Results
15. Svenja Sommer – 20:59.4
17. Hope Dominique – 21:08.5
28. Anna Boyd – 21:15.8
36. Hayden Withers – 21:31.3
48. Gabriella Gait-Smith – 21:42.3
55. Ella Zeigler – 21:50.8
64. Katerina Hendrix – 22:00.0
90. Lily Weeks – 22:39.6
101. Molly Joseph – 22:56.8
102. Emily Pierontoni – 22:58.4
110. Emily Smith – 23:19.3
143. Brooke Donoghue – 24:35.4