Nov. 22, 2013
AUBURN, Ala.—Auburn junior Ty McCormack will head to Terre Haute, Ind., this weekend to compete in the 2013 NCAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday hosted by Indiana State University. The meet will be held at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course with the men’s 10k run beginning at 11 a.m. CT.
The Gainesville, Ga. native earned an individual spot to the NCAA Championships after finishing third at the 2013 South Regional Championships on Nov. 15. He recorded a new 10k personal best time of 29:51.81, and earned his second career All-Region honors.
“Ty has had a great season this far, finishing sixth at SECs and third in the regional meet,” Auburn cross country coach Mark Carroll said. “We knew when Ty came in this year as a transfer that he was probably going to lead us and he has in most of the races. He brings a high level of energy and intensity to each practice and got the reward of going to the NCAA Championships this weekend.”
Although the weather projects to be the coldest temperature McCormack has competed in this season the cooler temperatures will not seem to be an issue for McCormack, as he has performed well in cold weather before.
“The weather is supposed to be in the 30’s, so it is going to be fairly cold, however when Ty was a junior he won a national junior cross country meet in snowy conditions,” Carroll said. “He has ran well in colder conditions before and does not seem too bothered by the cold weather for this weekend.”
Even though this is McCormack’s first trip to an NCAA Cross Country Championship his goals and expectations are definitely within reach.
"I feel very honored and blessed to have been able to make it this far,” McCormack said. “I am definitely excited that I get to share this opportunity with Coach Carroll, my teammates, and the Auburn Family. I would like to place in the top 40 and earn All-American status, and I think based on my training and races so far this year that is a pretty reasonable goal.
McCormack has been the Tigers top male finisher in all six meets he has competed in this season, and earned first-team All-SEC honors after finishing sixth at the 2013 Southeastern Conference Championships.
“I really want to go out there, do the best I can and hopefully become an All American,” McCormack said. “We got fourth place at the Regional meet which was a higher than the finish last year which assured we are on the right track and we are definitely improving. With most of our team coming back next year I think we will have a really good shot to do something special.”
With all of the preparation this season, Carroll is excited to see his McCormack compete this weekend.
“The goal for the weekend is for Ty to be top 40 which is All-American, so he just needs to run a smart race,” Carroll said. “It is his first time to the NCAA Cross Country Championships so it is new ground for him and he will just have to get the pace right and see how the race is going up front in the first mile and get his pace right and work through the field and aim to get top 40 in the later stages of the race.”
Live video footage of the meet can be found at http://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule/2013/11/23
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