HUNTSVILLE, Ala.—The Centre men's and women's cross country teams are the Southern Athletic Association's first championships of the 2014 fall season, winning the SAA Championships Saturday morning at Sharon Johnston Park in Huntsville, Ala.
It was the third-straight SAA title for both Centre teams.
Rhodes runners won both individual titles, with junior Brittany Alexander repeating as women's champion with a 6K time of 22:10.33, and junior Alex Noel claiming the men's crown with an 8K time of 26:11.41.
Host Birmingham-Southern placed fourth on the men's side and fifth on the women's side. Sophomore Chris Roberts led the men with a time of 26:54.70, finishing sixth to earn Second-Team All-Conference honors. Sophomore Shannon Walsh led the women, placing 16th with a time of 23:56.97.
2014 SAA Men's Cross Country Runner of the Year: Alex Noel of Rhodes
2014 SAA Men's Cross Country Newcomer of the Year: Nathan Riggs of Centre
2014 SAA Men's Cross Country All-Conference First Team:
Alex Noel (Rhodes), Victor Pataky (Centre), Nathan Riggs (Centre), Logan Stockton (Sewanee), Eric Beyerle (Centre)
2014 SAA Men's Cross Country All-Conference Second Team:
Christopher Roberts (BSC), Glen Bortolus (Centre), Zack Jordan (Berry), Matt McCurdy (Centre), Ben Parva (Millsaps)
2014 SAA Men's Cross Country All-Conference Honorable Mention
Ken Newburger (Millsaps), Mark McAlister (Sewanee), Connor Fagan (Rhodes), Ebenezer Agaro (Berry), Josh Rieskamp (Centre)
2014 SAA Women's Cross Country Runner of the Year: Brittany Alexander of Rhodes
2014 SAA Women's Cross Country Newcomer of the Year: Ashley Litoff of Rhodes
2014 SAA Women's Cross Country All-Conference First Team:
Brittany Alexander (Rhodes), Ashley El Rady (Centre), Serena Gale-Butto (Centre), Hannah Ellis (Centre), Ashley Litoff (Rhodes)
2014 SAA Women's Cross Country All-Conference Second Team:
Danielle Ferro (Berry), Hannah Henderson (Rhodes), Cate Hargrove (Sewanee), Ansley McDurmon (Sewanee), Cristin Palmer (Centre)
2014 SAA Women's Cross Country All-Conference Honorable Mention
Emma ZeeAbrahamsen (Rhodes), Marisa Moore (Centre), Amy Lee (Sewanee), Kendall Reed (Rhodes), Leah Bishop (Hendrix)