HOOVER, Ala. – For just the second time in program history, the University of Alabama in Huntsville men's cross country team are Gulf South Conference Champions. The squad competed at the conference championships Saturday morning at Veterans Park in Hoover, Ala.
Sweeping the top four positions, led by individual champion senior Josh Mosier, the Chargers dominated the field and won their first conference title since 2007, tallying a program-record 17 points. Mosier, covering the 8,000 meter course with a time of 26:28.94, became the second UAH runner to ever claim the title – Potiphar Nhoma won in 1997.
"Our men's team really performed today as they have all season long," UAH head coach David Cain said. "They put it all together on the course and every one of them performed their best and just dominated the race. They definitely earned the championship. We came in with a plan and they executed to perfection."
Led by Mosier, UAH placed all five scoring runners in the top seven. Freshmen Blaise Binns (second) and Jose Ortega (third) crossed the line in 26:29.64 and 26:34.02, respectively. The Chargers' top five was rounded out by junior Dante Dorsey (fourth) and freshman Myles Scarano (seventh), turning in times of 26:43.04 and 26:59.44, respectively. All five earned First Team All-GSC accolades
"Josh is the ultimate senior team-leader," Cain said. "This is his team and he's just really helped guide the team all year long. I'm really excited for him in getting the win. He's definitely worked hard for it."
Also earning first team honors was sophomore Joey Bemowski, finishing ninth with a time of 27:05.54. The six UAH runners on the first-team in a single season is a school record and ties the most in conference history as well. Senior Samson Too placed 12th with a time of 27:16.69 to earn Second Team All-GSC honors.
In addition, by virtue of finishing as the top freshman, Binns was named the GSC Freshman of the Year. The rookie is just the second in school history to earn the award – Will Rodgers in 2006.
In the team standings, UAH claimed the title with 17 points, followed by West Florida with 55 points. West Alabama (78), West Georgia (128) and Valdosta State (128) rounded out the top five.
The championship for the Chargers marks the 17th GSC title in school history across all UAH sports.
HOOVER, Ala. – The University of Alabama in Huntsville women's cross country team finished fourth, tallying 85 points, at the Gulf South Conference Championships on Saturday morning at Veteran Park in Hoover, Ala.
The Lady Chargers were led by junior Leah Sparks who finished fifth with a time of 19:48.24 over the 5,000 meter course. She was followed closely by freshman Michelle Kruse in eighth and sophomore Haley Hancock in ninth, crossing in times of 20:05.41 and 20:06.25, respectively. The three women were named First Team All-GSC, marking the most UAH runners on the first team since 2007 when there were four.
"Our top three girls ran fantastic," Cain recalled. "It was nice to see three get First-Team All-Conference. It was just a case of depth for us this year so when you're a little thin and a couple don't have a good day, it's hard to win. I give a lot of credit to West Florida – they ran really well today."
Rounding out the top five scoring runners for UAH was sophomore Amber Powell in 29th with a time of 21:01.35 and sophomore Heather Powell in 36th, clocking 21:32.85.
In the team standings, West Florida claimed the title with 53 points and was followed by Delta State with 69 points. West Alabama (75), UAH (85) and West Georgia (100) rounded out the top five.
"We came into the weekend predicted fourth in the conference and that's where we finished," Cain said. "We were hoping to maybe surprise some people and we just weren't able to do it. But overall we were very solid."