AUBURN MEN SIXTH, WOMEN 13TH AT SEC CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

AUBURNTIGERSDOTCOM Rachel Givens
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Rachel Givens
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Nov. 1, 2013

Gainesville, Fla.—The Auburn men’s cross country team finished sixth, while the women were 13th at the 2013 Southeastern Conference Championships at Mark Bostick Golf Course on the campus of the University of Florida Friday.

Junior Ty McCormack led the Tiger men taking sixth place finishing the 8k in 23:57.51, while Kane Grimster was ninth in a personal-best of 24:07.19. McCormack earned first-team All-SEC honors, while Grimster was a second-team selection.

Freshman Rachel Givens took 28th place in the women’s race earning SEC All-Freshman honors after finishing the 6k in 21:27.78.

Arkansas swept the men’s and women’s team titles with 31 and 32 points, respectively. The Tiger men had 175 points, while the women finished with 309.

“Obviously, it was a little disappointing today and not what we were expecting,” Auburn cross country coach Mark Carroll said. “We were led on the men’s side by Ty McCormack and Kane Grimster who had a fabulous run. It was a fast start which I think hurt us later in the race.”

Niklas Buhner was 31st (25:01.38), Francis Hernandez was 67th (25:51.40), Jason Miller took 76th (26:03.71) to round out the Tiger men’s scoring. Senior Samuel Mueller was 77th (26:04.34) and Andrew Scott was 111th (28:30.02).

“The youth of our women’s team and our inexperience caught up with us today,” Carroll said. “We will keep rebuilding and continue to work hard as we’ve done all season moving forward.”

On the women’s side, Veronica Eder was 68th (22:17.81), while Kristin Sheehan (22:26.50), Erika Kolakowski (22:27.51), Emily Stevens (22:32.95) and Sage Blackwell (22:34.12) were bunched together taking 73rd, 74th, 78th and 79th place. Madeline Sharp was 117th finishing in 25:34.97).

The Tigers will have two weeks off before returning to action Nov. 15 at the NCAA South Regional in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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MEN’S 8K TEAM RESULTS
1. Arkansas 31; 2. Florida 96; 3. Georgia 101; 4. Missouri 107; 5. Kentucky 173; 6. AUBURN 175; 7. Tennessee 187; 8. Texas A&M 187; 9. Mississippi State 229; 10. Ole Miss 242; 11. Alabama 251; 12. LSU 356; 13. Vanderbilt 369.

MEN’S INDIVIDUAL TOP 10
1. Kemoy Campbell, AR (22:58.73); 2. Stanley Kebenei, AR (23:40.12); 3. Solomon Haile, AR (23:54.87); 4. Lucas Baker, UG (23:56.13); 5. Jimmy Clark, UF (23:57.03); 6. Ty McCormack, AU (23:57.51); 7. Peter Okwera, UT (24:00.42); 8. Mark Parrish, UF (24:01.40); 9. Kane Grimster, AU (24:07.19); 10. Gabe Gonzales, AR (24:13.43).

AU MEN’S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
6. Ty McCormack (23:57.51); 9. Kane Grimster (24:07.19); 31. Niklas Buhner (25:01.38); 67. Francis Hernandez (25:51.40); 76. Jason Miller (26:03.71); 77. Samuel Mueller (26:04.34); 111. Andrew Scott (28:30.02).

WOMEN’S 6K TEAM RESULTS
1. Arkansas 32; 2. Texas A&M 123; 3. Kentucky 134; 4. Florida 150; 5. Vanderbilt 161; 6. Alabama 174; 7. Missouri 178; 8. Tennessee 179; 9. Ole Miss 190; 10. Mississippi State 191; 11. Georgia 224; 12. South Carolina 294; 13. Auburn 309; 14. LSU 460.

WOMEN’S INDIVIDUAL TOP 10
1. Dominique Scott, AR (20:02.81); 2. Shannon Klenke, AR (20:10.62); 3. Grace Heymsfield, AR (20:11.77); 4. Agata Strausa, UF (20:17.79); 5. Liz Anderson, VU (20:29.04); 6. Kaitlyn Fischer, MU (20:30.40); 7. Cally Macumber, UK (20:35.82); 8. Hillary Montgomery, TAMU (20:39.32); 9. Katelyn Greenleaf, UA (20:44.23); 10. Chelsea Blasse, UT (20:44.24).

AU WOMEN’S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
28. Rachel Givens (21:27.78); 68. Veronica Eder (22:17.81); 73. Kristin Sheehan (22:26.50); 74. Erika Kolakowski (22:27.51); 78. Emily Stevens (22:32.95); 79. Sage Blackwell (22:34.12); 117. Madeline Sharp (25:34.97).