Mackenzie Yanek-Pleasent Valley-Alabama
©Amelia B. Barton

Yanek Getting Back in Form For the Tide at Regionals

Mackenzie Yanek-Pleasent Valley-Alabama © Amelia B. Barton-2016

Mackenzie Yanek-Pleasent Valley-Alabama
© Amelia B. Barton-2016

In the women’s championship, junior Esther Gitahi led the Tide with a 29th-place finish in 21:16.7 over the 6,000-meter course. Fellow juniors McKenzie Yanek (21:33.4) and Rebecca Buteau (21:42.0) finished 39th and 50th, respectively, while senior Nicole Gardner (21:45.9) finished 54th and sophomore Maddie Dearborn finished 72nd in 22:11.7 to round out the scoring for UA.

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“We ran a fantastic race today,” women’s distance coach Will Palmer said. “We showed a lot of fight and executed our game plan. It was good to finish strong and move up a couple of team places over the last 2,000 meters. It’s exciting to end the season that way. We kept fighting and ran as a team. That’s a good lesson to take into the offseason.”

Alabama finished eighth as a team in the women’s meet. Florida State and Florida finished 1-2 to qualify for the NCAA Championships.

NCAA South Regional

Friday, Nov. 9, 2018

Apalachee Regional Park

Tallahassee, Fla.

Host: Florida State University

 

Women’s 6,000 Meters Team Results

1. Florida State (60)

2. Florida (54)

3. Ole Miss (87)

4. Georgia Tech (144)

5. Georgia (165)

6. Vanderbilt (183)

7. Tennessee (221)

8. ALABAMA (231)

Alabama Individual Women’s Results

29. Esther Gitahi, 21:16.7

39. McKenzie Yanek, 21:33.4

50. Rebecca Buteau, 21:42.0

54. Nicole Gardner, 21:45.9

72. Maddie Dearborn, 22:11.7

120. Megan Patton, 23:07.0