Bearcats go up against nationally ranked competition in Wisconsin
UC's men's and women's runners post personal-best times in fast meet
The UC men's and women's cross country teams will compete in the All-Ohio Intercollegiate Championships in Cedarville on Saturday. The men are the defending team champion while the women finished fifth last year.
Cotton is men's top finisher in 13th, Clay is again top finisher for women
Saturday's races together feature 19 nationally and regionally ranked teams
2012 cross country season: After missing the first three meets due to injury, placed 18th overall and ran No. 4 for UC at the All-Ohio Collegiate Championships at the Elvin R. King Cross Country Course in Cedarville, running the 5k course in 18:50.17...finished 142nd at the Pre-Nationals Invitational at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park in Louisville, running the 6k course in 23:23.5
2011 cross country season: Had the fastest combined times at the VMI Relays, finishing her first 1.5-mile leg in 8:45 and second in 8:49 for a combined time of 17:34; teamed with Kaitlyn Meyer (9:36 + 9:30 = 19:06) to finish first as a relay team in 36:40...was third overall and No. 1 for UC at the Queen City Invitational at A.J. Jolly Park in Alexandria, Ky., running the 5k course in 18:21.1...finished 5th overall and No. 1 for UC at Vanderbilt University's Commodore Classic at Percy Ward Park in Nashville, covering the 5k course in 18:12.30...was 17th overall and No. 2 for UC at the All-Ohio Collegiate Championships at the Elvin R. King Cross Country Course in Cedarville, completing the 5k course in 18:36.02...finished 110th overall and No. 1 for UC at the Pre-Nationals meet at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind., completing the 6k course in 22:35...was 51st overall and No. 1 for UC at the BIG EAST Conference championship meet at Louisville's E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park, running the 6k course in 21:45.0...finished 61st overall and No. 1 for UC at the NCAA Great Lakes Region meet at the Ottawa Park Golf Course in Toledo, running the 6k course in 21:59.2.
2010 cross country season: Was the third of three UC runners who did a 1-2-3 sweep at the Queen City Invitational in West Chester's Voice of America Park, running the 5k course in 18:31 and helping the Bearcats to the team title...finished 41st overall and No. 3 for UC at Iona University's Meet of Champions, completing the 6k course in 23:28...was once again No. 3 for UC and 36th overall at the All-Ohio Collegiate Championships at the Elvin R. King Cross Country Course in Cedarville, completing the 5k course in 18:30.1...finished 180th overall and No. 3 for UC at the Pre-Nationals meet at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind., circuiting the 6k course in 22:31.2...was 69th overall and No. 4 for UC at the BIG EAST Conference championship meet at Jamesville Beach County Park, finishing the 6k course in 23:30.6...placed 123rd overall and No. 3 for UC at the NCAA Great Lakes regional meet at Oakland University's Katke-Cousins Golf Course, running the 6k course in 23:02.1.
2010 outdoor track and field season (University of Delaware): posted a team-best time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (12:32.28) at the Delaware Open II on Apr. 17...had a season-best time of 10:46.36 in the 3,000 meters at the West Chester University's Golden Ram Invitational on Mar. 20, which was third-best on the team...ran the 5,000 meters in 18:25.54 at the Colonial Athletic Association championships, third-best on the team...ran the 800 meters in 2:33.82 and the 1,500 meters in 5:00.58 at the West Chester Open Invitational on Apr. 23.
2009 cross country season (University of Delaware): ran in seven races for the Blue Hens with a season-best 19th-place finish at the Delaware Invitational on Sept. 19, covering the 5k course in 19:48.61...also ran indoor track in 2008-09, running the 800 meters in 2:36.75 and the mile in 5:34.93 at the John Covert Classic...ran the 3,000 meters in 11:18.46 at the Thomson Invitational.
Collegiate career bests: 5k - 18:12.30 (2011 Commodore Classic) 6k - 21:45.0 (2011 BIG EAST)
High school: Four-time all-Catholic honoree (2004-7)...all-state and all-New Castle County in 2005...helped lead teams to three state championships: cross country (2006) and swimming (2005 and 2006)...National Honor Society
A FEW THINGS ABOUT ALISON...
Family: father, Walt, and mother, Carol, sister Kim, brother, Justin, and grandmother Alice Barth. I have a dad and mom who currently live in Cleveland, a sister who is married and lives in Pittsburgh, and a brother who lives in Richmond, Va. My grandmother currently lives with my parents in Cleveland.
Favorite food?: Pasta. I could eat it every night - and in fact, most nights I do.
Favorite music?: I love any kind of music, particularly music I can dance to.
Favorite other form of entertainment?: I enjoy watching movies.
Favorite thing to do when not studying or training?: I enjoy sleeping, hanging out with my friends or doing activities outside.
Favorite training run?: My favorite training run in Cincinnati is Mt Storm, I run it every day that I have to run on my own and don't have a set route. My favorite training run outside of Cincinnati is White Clay Creek Park in Newark, DE. It has miles and miles of trails, which is my absolute favorite to run on.
Favorite competition course?: The course we ran last year in Nashville (Vanderbilt).
Favorite place in Cincinnati?: Eden Park Overlook at night--but if Devou Park counts as Cincinnati, then I would have to say the overlook there.
Hobbies?: Horseback riding and swimming.
Why did you choose UC?: I liked that they had a medical campus, it was the perfect distance away from home (less than four hours), and I really enjoyed the coaches and the team.
Future career plans?: I completed a degree in clinical lab science and am currently working on a German degree. I would love to spend a year in Germany working, but will probably end up in a hospital somewhere, hopefully on the west coast. And then in three years, I would like to apply to the FBI to become a special agent.