Oct. 17, 2013
AUBURN, Ala.—After two weeks off from competition, the Auburn men’s and women’s cross country teams will return to action Friday as they run in the Crimson Classic in Tuscaloosa. The meet will be held at Harry Pritchett Running Park, with the women’s 5k run beginning at 5 p.m. CT and the men’s 8k following at 5:30 p.m. CT.
“Our training has gone great the last few weeks as we’ve had higher intensity, running a little faster than race pace,” Auburn cross country coach Mark Carroll said. “The team has really handled it well and they are feeling really good as we enter the Crimson Classic.”
The men’s field will include 24 teams, were 10 of the 24 are ranked within the respective regions. The field will feature in several Southeastern Conference teams including, Alabama, LSU, Mississippi State, and Vanderbilt.
“There some great programs in the Crimson Classic with several SEC teams and other regionally ranked squads, but we have high expectations to perform well,
Carroll said. “This will be a great tune up leading into the Southeastern Conference Championships.”
The women’s field has 11 of 27 programs that are ranked in their respective regions teams, will feature Florida State, which is ranked second nationally. Other SEC teams competing on the women’s side will be in SEC opponents Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.
Both Auburn teams are coming off strong performances as they competed in the Virginia/ Panorama Farms Invite two weeks ago hosted by University of Virginia. The men recorded seven personal bests, as well as a fifth place overall team finish behind North Carolina, Eastern Kentucky who was ranked 11th nationally at the time, University of Virginia who was ranked 16th at the time, and Duke. The women on the other hand, finished eighth overall and recorded five new personal bests.
Following the Crimson Classic, the Tigers will have one week off and return to action Nov. 1 at the SEC Cross Country Championships, in Gainesville, Fla.
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