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Farnham-Rose, Kosgei Qualify for NCAA XCountry Championships with Top-Six Regional Finishes...

on 11/12/2016

Crimson Tide Track & Field:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.;

Seniors Robbie Farnham-Rose and Antibahs Kosgei qualified for the NCAA Men's Cross Country Championships with top-six finishes at the 2016 NCAA South Regional at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Fla. on Friday.


The Crimson Tide men's and women's teams finished fourth in their respective races.
"Robbie's been doing some really phenomenal workouts and he was just rounding into shape at the Crimson Classic," head coach Dan Waters said.


"He was hampered a bit by illness at the SEC championships but we knew once we got him healthy, he was going to be in a good spot. All seven guys ran great today, I'm very proud of them finishing fourth in the region. That's one spot better than we were ranked. I'm happy for Robbie and Antibahs. They both worked hard to earn that trip to nationals."

In the men's 10,000-meter race, Farnham-Rose and Kosgei ran with the lead pack throughout the race, with Farnham-Rose finishing third in a personal-best time of 30:24.1 to earn his first trip to the NCAA Championships.


Kosgei, the defending South Regional champion, finished sixth in 30:33.1 to earn his second trip to nationals and give the Tide multiple qualifiers for the first time under head coach Dan Waters.

"I can't believe it," Farnham-Rose said. "I was fifth coming down the hill and knew I had a shot but it still wasn't clicking in my head. I can't believe I've done it. I worked so hard for that all season. This has been my goal since the last time we ran here when I was a sophomore and I've done it."


 "I am so happy about this because I worked really hard to get here," Kosgei said. "When I saw Robbie pass me, it was great because I knew we were both going to make it to nationals and that's good for the team."


Senior Conner Thompson finished 22nd in a personal-best time of 31:11.4 to join Farnham-Rose and Kosgei on the All-South Region team. Junior Josh Short (31:47.4) and senior Evan Prizy (32:11.0) also scored for the Tide, finishing 42nd and 55th, respectively.


Juniors Garrett Bull (32:32.0) and Andrew Bull (33:04.3) finished 73rd and 101st.


In the women's 6,000-meter race, senior Hannah Waggoner was the Tide's top runner, finishing 26th in a time of 20:54.7 to earn All-South Region honors.

Freshmen Hannah Capek (21:01.5) and McKenzie Yanek (21:12.2) posted personal best times and finished 30th and 36th, respectively.

Junior Caroline Barlow finished 45th in personal-best time of 21:23.6. Freshman Elisabeth Danis rounded out the scoring for the Tide, finishing 53rd in 21:31.7. Junior Emily Edwards finished 85th in 22:11.3 and freshman Rebecca Buteau finished 99th in 22:22.9.

The fourth place finish is the fourth consecutive top-four finish for the Tide women at the South Regional.
"The women finished fourth and ran with a lot of heart," Waters said.


"The good thing about that is that we ran a lot of freshmen. They should continue to get better and they got a lot of great experience today. I think any time you see this type of competition it helps you understand what it takes to succeed."

Farnham-Rose and Kosgei now advance to the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Nov. 19 at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Ind.


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