Niklas Bunher and Ty McCormack
Tuscaloosa, Ala. - The Auburn men's cross country team captured its third consecutive team title as they won the Crimson Classic, at the Harry Pritchett Course Friday. Junior Ty McCormack won the men's 8k race, while Niklas Buhner and Kane Grimster took second and third place. The Tiger women finished fourth overall as freshman Veronica Eder finished fourth place overall.
McCormack outdistanced the field, winning with a time of 24:26.99, nearly 17 seconds ahead of Buhner who crossed in 24:43.61, while Grimster crossed two seconds later in 24:45.92.
Samuel Mueller (25:12.09) finished 13th, and Francis Hernandez (25:36.56) finished 26th to round out the Auburn scoring. Seniors Jason Miller (26:18.54) finished 66th, Andrew Scott (26:27.20) finished 77th, and Hunter Hayes (27:40.44) finished 128th.
"Two weeks out from SECs, the race on the men's side couldn't have gone any better in getting the team win," Auburn cross country coach Mark Carroll said. "Ty and Niklas ran great races to lead us and Kane ran a fabulous race to take third place. This was good for our confidence and everyone said they felt strong today. We will go back to work and put the finishing touches together as we prepare for the conference championships."
Auburn ran away with the team title with 45 points outdistancing second place Texas Arlington with 85 points. Stephen F. Austin (105 pts.) was third, Mississippi State (110 pts.) finished fourth, and Belmont (128 pts.) fifth to round out the top five.
On the women's side, with eight overall personal best's Eder led the group finishing fourth overall in the 5k run in 17:29.13. Teammate Rachel Givens (17:32.81) was sixth, Erika Kolakowski (17:54.62) was 24th, Sage Blackwell (18:10.33) was 38th, and freshman Emily Stevens (18:23.90) was 54th to round out the Auburn scoring.
"Our women were a little slow off the line at the start of the race, but ran very good during the second half which was encouraging," Carroll said. "Having not raced in three weeks may have been a factor early in the race, but we closed well and will continue to sharpen up heading into SECs."
Alabama's women won the team title with 58 points. Mississippi State (80 pts.) was second followed by Tennessee (97 pts), Auburn (122pts) and Texas- Arlington (188 pts).
The Tigers will have a week off and will return to action Nov. 1 as they head to the Southeastern Conference Championships in Gainesville, Fla.
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Men's Top Ten Team Results:
1. Auburn, 45; 2. Texas Arlington, 85; 3. Stephen F. Austin, 105; 4. Mississippi State, 110; 5. Belmont,128; 6. Rice, 155; 7. Alabama, 175; 8. Samford, 183; 9. Houston, 224; 10. South Alabama, 269.
AU Men's individual results
1. Ty McCormack, 24:26.99
2. Niklas Buhner, 24:43.61
3. Kane Grimster, 24:45.92
13. Samuel Mueller, 25:12.09
26. Francis Hernandez, 25:36.56
66. Jason Miller, 26:18.54
77. Andrew Scott, 26:27.20
128. Hunter Hayes, 27:40.44
Women's Top Ten Team Results:
1. Alabama, 54; 2. Mississippi State, 80; 3. Tennessee, 97; 4. Auburn, 122; 5. Texas- Arlington, 188; 6. Vanderbilt, 196; 7. Belmont, 211; 8. Stephen F. Austin, 246; 9. Southern Miss, 248; 10. Florida State, 258.
AU Women's individual results
4. Veronica Eder, 17:29.13
6. Rachel Givens, 17:32.81
24. Erika Kolakowski,17:54.62
38. Sage Blackwell, 18:10.33
54. Emily Stevens, 18:23.90
79. Kristin Sheehan, 18:50.40
130. Madeline Sharp, 19:48.00
176. Rebecca Nylen, 21:02.22
178. Mary Craig, 21:03.51