Nov. 14, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. – The Auburn men’s and women’s cross country team will compete in the 2013 South Regional Championships Friday at the Harry Pritchett Running Park in Tuscaloosa. For the first time this season the men will compete in a 10k run which will begin at 10 a.m. CT, and the women’s 6k run following at 11:15 a.m. CT.
The Tigers competed on the course earlier this season at the Crimson Classic on Oct. 18 where the men won the team competition while the women finished fourth. Junior Ty McCormack won the men’s individual title at the Crimson Classic.
“It is a matter of our five guys having a good day and if everybody runs to their capability, we have a shot (to qualify for NCAAs),” Auburn cross country coach Mark Carroll said. “Everybody is upbeat and optimistic about the weekend, so we are going in there with a positive attitude and we are definitely going to run to be in the top two. For the women just like the men, they last two weeks we have backed off a little bit on training and everybody freshened up quite a bit. We are looking to be to about the top five, six, or seven teams at the region. I think our women can do that and we will be very happy if we are in the middle of the pack.”
The top two teams from each of the nine geographic regions advance to the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. on Nov. 23. Additionally, 13 at-large bids are awarded and four individuals from each region not on one of the qualifying teams also earn berths to the championship meet.
The men who are ranked fourth within the South Region will be led by McCormack, an All-SEC performer who has been Auburn’s top male finisher this season.
Freshman duo Rachel Givens and Veronica Eder will lead the Tiger women as each has been the top team finishers in all six meets this season. The women’s team is ranked 11th in the region.
The meet will be Auburn’s first competition since the Southeastern Conference Championships two weeks ago, where the men finished sixth and the women 13th.
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