Sept. 19, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn men's and women's cross country teams will head to Hampton, Ga., Friday to compete in the Georgia State Invite. The meet will be held at Nash Farm Battlefield Park with the women's 4k run beginning at 3 p.m. CT and the men's 8K run following at 3:30p.m. CT.
Auburn, which had a strong performance on both the men's and women's side last week, is one of eight schools participating in Friday's meet joined by Chattanooga, Georgia Southern, Kennesaw State, Mercer, Troy, Georgia State and West Georgia.
"Coming off the Mountain Dew Invite everybody is excited," Auburn Cross Country Coach Mark Carroll said. "It was a very positive performance by both teams. I think everybody felt good and that's positive feedback that the training has been going really well."
The women tied for first in team standings, while the men were second at the Mountain Dew Invite in Gainesville, Fla., against several SEC teams. The women had five new overall personal bests at the Mountain Dew Invite. Freshman Veronica Eder was named the Southeastern Conference Women's Freshman Runner of the Week, after finishing fourth in the 6k run with a time of 21:30.96. Eder's 6K time is the top freshman mark over that distance in the SEC this season.
On the men's side three men finished the day with new personal bests. Junior Ty McCormack led the Tigers with his third place overall finish with a time of 24:08.11, and Sam Mueller (24:38.47) finished seventh.
"Tuesday we did a lighter workout just because there's only six days between the two races and everybody felt good and looked good. This weekend won't be as big of a meet, but it will be another good test for us for us prior to going to Virginia the following week, which will be a much bigger competition with some nationally ranked schools," said Carroll.
Following the Georgia State Invite, both teams will compete at the Virginia/Panorama Bridge Invite on Sept. 28.
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