By Stan J. Griffin

The 2014 Southeastern Conference Cross Country Championships wrapped up Friday morning at the University of Alabama's Harry Pritchett Running Course, and both of Dan Waters' Crimson Tide squads achieved high finishes at the event.

The UA women's team took third place in this year's event after a sixth-place finish last year and the Tide men's squad captured a No. 6 finish Friday after finishing 11th last year.  

“I was extremely pleased with how the women finished today,”  said Waters. "Taking a look at the women, that’s about where we thought we would finish going into the race. Every one of the athletes really competed hard. Katelyn [Greenleaf] did a fantastic job and so did Hannah [Waggoner]. Allison Gregg really stepped up today and ran a great race to finish in the fifth position for us. That was really the difference for our team.”

By Stan J. Griffin

The world of collegiate athletics has had its share of black eyes, whether it be from scandals and episodes involving student-athletes such as Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston or the academic scandal which has rocked the University of North Carolina.

The University of Alabama, however, has recently experienced the positive side of the collegiate spectrum, as several of its student-athletes and programs have been recognized not only for their success on the field, but also their good work in the classroom.

Three members of Todd Bramble's UA soccer team were selected to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District 4 First Team earlier this week.

The honored trio includes seniors Merel van Dongen and Laura Lee Smith and junior Abby Lutzenkirchen.

This is the first time since 2003 that the soccer team has had three or more players named to that team, and the first time in school history that three have been named to the first-team.

By Stan J. Griffin

Next stop for the University of Alabama soccer team, Orange Beach.

Following its 2-1 road loss to the Kentucky Wildcats Thursday, Todd Bramble's Crimson Tide is now turning its focus toward the upcoming Southeastern Conference Tournament.

That tourney will be held Nov. 3-9 at the Orange Beach Sportsplex, and the Crimson Tide will open play at the event as the No. 7 seed Monday as it will battle No. 10 Tennessee at 3:30 p.m. Alabama will be participating in the tourney for the first time since 2011.

The two team met earlier this season in Knoxville, with Alabama and Tennessee battling into two overtimes before the Crimson Tide took a narrow 1-0 triumph.

It will be a busy tennis weekend on the University of Alabama campus for 18 teams from across the nation.

Jenny Mainz's Crimson Tide squad is hosting the 27th edition of the Roberta Alison Fall Classic. Play began at the tournament this morning and action is set to take place all day today and Saturday. There also may be action on Sunday depending on weather conditions.

Action will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday.

By Stan J. Griffin

Fans of competitive running are in for a treat on Halloween as the University of Alabama men's and women's cross country teams are hosting the Southeastern Conference Championships.

Races for the event are slated to take place Friday at the Harry Pritchett Running Course, adjacent to the UA Arboretum.

The Women's 6K championship race is set to begin at 9 a.m. while the Men's 8K championship race is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. The Awards Ceremony will take place at 11:15 a.m.

Admission is free to the event.