BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern cross country programs are primed for the Southern Athletic Association Championships this Saturday. The women's 6K starts at 10 a.m. with the men's 8K beginning at 11 a.m. on Choctaw Trails in Clinton, Miss.
"We are excited about both our men's and women's team as we head into SAA Championships weekend," said men's and women's cross country head coach Kenneth Cox. "Our student-athletes and coaching staff have worked extremely hard all season to prepare for this weekend and with the level of talent within the conference, we are sure to get everyone's best on Saturday."
BSC has already run on the course this season when they competed at the Watson Ford Invitational back on October 7.
The men have seen Panthers consistently place top 20 this season. Led by Chris Roberts (Huntsville, Ala./Huntsville HS) and Timothy McOmber (Montgomery, Ala./Montgomery Catholic Prep School), BSC is expected to be a real contender for the 2016 title.
Roberts has finished top 10 in every meet he's run with two top three finishes under his belt. He opened 2016 with a career-best 8K time of 25:19 at the Falcon Classic on September 17. McOmber has been top 20 in every race including a third place finish in his last meet where he crossed just four seconds off his personal record. He ran his career-best 8K time of 25:41 also at the Falcon Classic.
The women, who have been steadily improving all season, finished fifth in their division during that meet. Their team time was better than six Division I programs also competing. Top finishers included Elise Pittman (Vestavia Hills, Ala./Vestavia Hills HS) and Lauren Krzystowczyk (Franklin, Tenn./Independence HS). Pittman finished fifth out of the 81 non-Division I 6K runners with a time of 24:17, the sixth fastest at the Invite. Krzystowczyk also placed top 20. She crossed in 16th place with a time of 25:01. The time was a new personal record until she smashed it at the Berry Invitational, crossing in 24:20.
Live results are available here during the championships.