The University of Kentucky was well-represented at Saturday's NCAA Cross Country Championships.
On the women's side, both Cally Macumber and Chelsea Oswald earned All-America honors. Macumber finished sixth with a time of 19:42.20 and Oswald came in 37th at 20:13.00. In the men's 10k race, Luis Orta finished 114th with a time of 30:52.30.
Stay tuned for a complete recap on UKathletics.com later. In the mean time, watch the video above featuring interviews and highlights from the race. Congratulations to all three student-athletes, Edrick Floreal and his coaching staff on a great season.
Football - Linebacker Avery Williamson, who entered the game leading the league in total tackles, had a career-high 20 tackles. He is the first UK player with 20 or more tackles since Chad Anderson made 21 tackles against Georgia in 2003. - Kentucky has an open date Nov. 10 before returning to action Sat. Nov. 17 at home vs. Samford. Kentucky entered the weekend having played the toughest schedule in the nation, according to Anderson and Hester computer ratings used in the official BCS rankings.
Men's basketball - Kentucky was paced by a team-high 22 points from freshman Archie Goodwin in the win over, NAIA's No. 1 ranked team, Northwood. - Fellow freshman Nerlens Noel added a double-double effort with 17 points and 11 rebounds. - The meeting with Transylvania will mark the final preseason competition for the Cats, before UK travels to Brooklyn, N.Y., to open the Barclays Center with a season-opening contest against Maryland on Friday.
Volleyball - The 17 victories guarantees UK a winning season for an unprecedented eighth-consecutive season under UK coach Craig Skinner. - The Wildcats were paced by senior Ashley Frazier as she averaged 4.29 kills per set on an impressive .362 hitting percentage. Frazier had a career-high 20 kills against the Rebels to couple with a career-high eight digs in the win. - Senior setter Christine Hartmann directed the offense to the tune of 15.80 kills per set on a .372 hitting percentage. - Senior libero Stephanie Klefot continues to be an anchor for the Wildcats from the back line. She was perfect on her serve-receive attempts and averaged a squad-best 4.14 digs per set. With 29 scoops on the weekend, she became just the fourth player in SEC history to tally 1,800 or more digs in a career.
Women's soccer - Kentucky bowed out of the SEC Tournament to Missouri in the quarterfinals 2-1 in Orange Beach, Ala., on Wednesday. - Caitlin Landis scored UK's lone goal on Wednesday. Landis has scored three goals in the last two games.
Men's soccer - The Wildcats have been led offensively by Tyler Riggs and Matt Lodge, who have accounted for 14 goals (Riggs-7, Lodge-7) combined through 18 games .The duo has also connected for six assists (Riggs-4, Lodge-2) during the regular season. - UK will travel to Hoover, Ala. for the C-USA tournament game at 6:00 p.m. ET vs. Memphis.
Rifle - The University of Kentucky rifle team defeated No. 15 North Carolina State and The Citadel on Saturday, shooting a 4686 in the triangular match in Charleston, S.C. - Junior Emily Holsopple shot a personal-best 590 in smallbore. - Sophomore Jonathan Pinkel and freshman Luke South recorded personal bests in air rifle, Pinkel shooting a 591 and South a 590.
Women's golf - The UK women's golf team finished in sixth place at the Alamo Invitational with a score of 11-over-par, 875. - The squad set a program record with a final round of 6-under-par, 282. The Cats broke the previous school record of 284 for a round, which was set during the 2009-10 season. - Kentucky had two top-25 finishers as Ashleigh Albrecht placed tied for 22nd at 2-over, while Cylia Damerau was tied for 25th at 3-over.
Cross country - Cally Macumber was named Southeastern Conference Cross Country Runner of the Year on Friday. - The Rochester Hills, Mich., native won the SEC Championship Race on Oct. 26 and owns the SEC-best times at both 5,000 meters and 6K. She was also named a First Team All-SEC runner. - Macumber was the first Wildcat to win the women's SEC Title since Valarie McGovern won the conference meet in 1989. - The Kentucky cross country teams return to action on Nov. 9 for the NCAA Southeast Regional in Charlotte, N.C.
Swimming and diving - Kentucky divers junior Greg Ferrucci and freshman Rebecca Hamperian each picked up wins in the 1-meter and 3-meter events Friday against Auburn. - For the third consecutive Friday, sophomore Lucas Gerotto won the 100-butterfly (49.25) and has bested his time each meet. His sister, sophomore Julia Gerotto, earned her first win of the season with a victory in the 200-butterfly (2:02.44) while also picking up a second place finish in the 1000-freestyle (10:15.39).
Cally Macumber (right) and Chelsea Oswald (left) finished first and third, respectively, at the SEC Cross Country Championships. (Michael Rivera, UK Athletics)
At one point in last weekend's Southeastern Conference Cross Country Championships, University of Kentucky runners Cally Macumber and Chelsea Oswald were at the head of the pack, pacing the 124-athlete race.
Running side by side, the two have formed a dynamic duo for cross country coach Hakon DeVries' team, as Macumber took the heat for her second individual win of the year and Oswald finished less than 12 seconds behind her in third place.
As cool as it may appear to have your teammate right beside you in the biggest conference race of the year, the two have spent much more time away from the training course and have formed a special bond. Macumber, who is from Rochester Hills, Mich., and Oswald, from Medina, Ohio, stepped on the UK campus their freshmen year and immediately became close friends. The two are in the midst of their fourth consecutive year of being roommates and have a very good relationship, pushing each other to become a better runners every day.
"Cally is an amazing workout partner and an amazing person in general," Oswald said. "I definitely think we push each other everyday and that's helping both of us. "
Not only do they benefit from each other on the course, but off the course as well. By living together, the two can make sure they are living the running lifestyle outside of practices and events by eating right and working out together.
In his first year at the helm under Edrick Floreal, DeVries couldn't have found many runners that have better working relationships than Macumber and Oswald. DeVries believes that neither runner would be as successful as they are without the other right there training with them.
"They work their butts off in practice every day," DeVries said. "They are each better at different things which is nice because some days Cally is on and really pushing Chelsea and other days Chelsea is on and can really push Cally. The fact that they are really good friends and not overly competitive in practice, brings practice just to the right level."
The Wildcats finished up the SEC Championships in Nashville, Tenn., with the women placing fifth and the men coming in sixth. This was a major improvement for the women as they were voted No. 10 in the SEC preseason polls.
The team's progression has been key as they have stepped up their intensity in training with DeVries' coaching philosophies. The group has made a step in the right direction and it could mean a lot for the future of the program.
"I was definitely excited for how we did as a team," Oswald said. "Coming into the season we were ranked 10th in the SEC and I think one of our main goals was to improve on that and we ended up fifth, which I think was a big improvement and achieved one of our goals."
As for Macumber, the 2012 cross country season has been a memorable one. After an injury-plagued 2011 campaign, the junior has recorded a top-10 finish in all five races this year and has placed in the top two in all but one. She not only took the title at the SEC Championships, but became just the second Kentucky women's runner to accomplish the feat and the first in 23 years.
Macumber also achieved something that no other female UK runner has done before, as she was named the 2012 SEC Cross Country Runner of the Year.
With all the glamorous awards and accolades, she stays humble and realizes there is a bigger goal in mind with the postseason in her and the team's sights.
"There is always room for improvement I think and we are going to keep pushing each other and try to run the best we can in regionals," Macumber said.
Next up for the Cats is the NCAA Southeast Regional on Friday, Nov. 9 in Charlotte, N.C., In order to earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Championships, the Wildcats would have to place in the top two of the invitational. There are a few at-large bids that the committee will look at but DeVries doesn't want that to be the team's goal.
According to the rankings, Kentucky isn't supposed to finish near the top of the field but the Wildcats proved the SEC wrong and now it's their opportunity to do the same at regionals.
"They put out some rankings and that's not what we are ranked right now but that's why they run the race," DeVries said. "Everybody has to go out and perform on that day. That implies to Cally and Chelsea all the way down to our fifth, sixth and seventh girls so it's going to take a team effort and we will just have to see what happens out there."
Football - The UK defense continued to improve, limiting Missouri to 273 yards of total offense which was the lowest number of yards UK has allowed all season. - The Wildcat defense also created a season-high three turnovers in the game, getting two interceptions and a fumble recovery. J.D. Harmon was impressive in the effort for Kentucky, earning a career-best seven tackles on top of the two interceptions.
Volleyball - Senior setter Christine Hartmann narrowly missed out on a triple-double with nine kills, 52 assists and 11 digs against Tennessee. She directed four players to 10 or more kills in the match including 19 on a .472 hitting clip from senior Ashley Frazier. - With 21 digs against UT, senior Stephanie Klefot moved into sole possession of fourth place on the SEC all-time career digs leader list. - In the victory over Georgia, UK saw Hartmann lead the defensive effort with a career-high 19 digs. She passed out 58 assists and again found four players for 10 or more kills. - Freshman Sara Schwarzwalder led the defensive effort for the weekend with team-highs in blocks in both matches including matching a career-high eight in the victory against the Bulldogs. Women's soccer - UK's eight SEC wins marks the most conference wins for the Wildcats since the 1999 season. It ties a program record for most SEC wins in a season. - The Wildcats have shut out four of the last five opponents they have faced, as goalkeeper Kayla King has only allowed one goal in the last 422 minutes of action in the net. - UK finishes the season having six different freshmen score a goal, as the class accounted for more than 30 points on the season.
Men's soccer - Jack Van Arsdale notched his fourth shutout of the year and UK got splendid play from defenders Steven Perinovic, Jacob Kemper, Jacob Speed and Isak Krogstad in a win at No. 23 Tulsa. - UK has improved to 6-2 on the road in 2012, with the Wildcats tied for the second-most road wins in the NCAA entering the Saturday win.
Rifle - The No. 2 University of Kentucky rifle team defeated No. 15 Tennessee-Martin 4656 - 4577 Sunday in Barker Hall. - Freshman Connor Davis led the Wildcats with an aggregate score of 1170. - Junior Aaron Holsopple finished with a match high in smallbore, shooting a 582. Women's soccer - Senior Jessica Stiles finished the weekend 3-0 in singles play and 2-1 in doubles. Stiles' play left her in second for singles champion, one point off first. - Junior Khristina Blajkevitch capped off a perfect singles weekend with a 6-1, 6-1 win on Sunday.
Cross country - Cally Macumber achieved a feat no other University of Kentucky Wildcat had accomplished in 23 years when she won the SEC Cross Country Championship by a four-second margin with a time of 20:23.29 in Nashville, Tenn., on Friday. - The UK women placed fifth overall, while the men finished sixth. - Luis Orta was the first Wildcat to finish on the men's side in 24:10.83 over 8K. - Three Wildcats earned spots on the All-SEC teams by virtue of their performances at the Conference meet as Macumber and Oswald were named to the First Team, while Orta made the Second Team. - Macumber and Oswald each received All-SEC honors for the second time in their careers. Orta, a senior, reached All-Conference status for the third time.
Swimming and diving - The Kentucky men and women's swimming teams picked up their first wins of the season against Southern Illinois in a tri-meet. - Kentucky's men were led by sophomore Lucas Gerotto who picked up his second victory in the 100-butterfly (49.70) and took third in the 50-freestyle (21.15). The men also earned their first relay victory of the season in the 4x100-freestyle as Chris Lott, Will Heidler, Gerotto and Chris Thomas combined for the winning time of 3:05.62.The women pulled out two wins with senior Mandy Myers taking home first in the 100-buttefly with a time of 55.53. Sophomore Christina Bechtel earned her first win of the season as well with a win in the 200-butterfly with the winning time of 66.10.
Monday, Oct. 29 Women's golf at Alamo Invitational (San Antonio, Texas)
Tuesday, Oct. 30 Women's golf at Alamo Invitational (San Antonio, Texas)
Wednesday, Oct. 31 Women's soccer vs. Missouri (Orange Beach, Ala.) - 8:30 p.m. Men's soccer hosts UCF - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 1 Men's basketball hosts Northwood - 7:00 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 Volleyball hosts Ole Miss - 7:00 p.m. Men's tennis at Collegiate Clay Court Tournament (Orlando, Fla.) Swimming and diving hosts Auburn - 2:00 p.m. Women's soccer SEC Tournament Semifinals (Orange Beach, Ala.) - TBA
Saturday, Nov. 3 Men's tennis at Collegiate Clay Court Tournament (Orlando, Fla.) Rifle at North Carolina State Football hosts Vanderbilt - 12:00 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 4 Volleyball hosts South Carolina - 1:30 p.m. Men's tennis at Collegiate Clay Court Tournament (Orlando, Fla.) Men's soccer hosts South Carolina - 1:00 p.m. Women's soccer SEC Tournament Championship (Orange Beach, Ala.) • TBA
Junior Cally Macumber has twice been named SEC Cross Country Athlete of the Week this fall. (Chet White, UK Athletics)
After sitting out last season due to injury, Cally Macumber has had quite a season.
The junior member of Kentucky cross country finished in the top two in each of her first three meets of the season before turning in an impressive eighth-place finish at the Pre-National Invitational two weeks ago. She has twice been named the Southeastern Conference Cross Country Athlete of the Week and now will have a chance to see exactly how she stacks up in the SEC.
The 2012 SEC Cross Country Championships will start at 11 a.m. ET in Nashville on Friday. Macumber has thrived under the guidance of UK's new coaching staff and women's cross country coach Hakon DeVries. Now, she will look to add a conference crown to an already solid season.
Her breakout meet came at the Greater Louisville Classic, where she placed second individually in the race. Macumber finishing ahead of Washington's Katie Flood, the defending Pacific-12 Conference champion and a 2011 top-10 NCAA finisher, at that meet made a resounding statement.
Two weeks later at the highly competitive NCAA Pre-National Meet, also in Louisville, she placed eighth overall against a tough field and was the highest-finishing SEC runner in the field.
Those two performances make it very plausible that Macumber could claim the league title on Friday. She would be the first Wildcat since Valerie McGovern in 1989 to accomplish the feat.
"I definitely expect her to challenge for it," DeVries said. "Between her and some of the other individuals around the SEC, it's definitely going to be a very challenging race up front. If Cally can put her position and just wait for the final kick, I imagine that she will have herself in it. It's just a matter of getting it done that day."
Macumber also has her sights set on the conference crown, but has a modest approach to her next race.
"It's a goal, but you never know what's going to happen the day of," Macumber said. "I'm just trying to stay positive, keep working and hope everything turns out well. I try to work hard every day, try to be the best that I can be and hopefully that will pay off."
Football - UK's rushing attack was solid against a tough UGA defense, posting a season-best 206 rushing yards on 43 carries. Jonathan George led the way with a career-high 87 yards on 12 carries, while Morgan Newton and Raymond Sanders had rushing touchdowns. Newton also threw a touchdown pass to Aaron Boyd, while starting quarterback Jalen Whitlow threw for 86 yards, rushed for 31 yards and caught a 33-yard pass. - Kentucky entered the game having played the toughest schedule in the nation, according to three of the computer rating used in the official BCS rankings. Georgia was Kentucky's fifth top-25 opponent this season. The Wildcats are using a young squad against the best teams in the nation, ranking top-five nationally in true freshmen played, and frosh (true freshmen and redshirt freshmen) played this season. Volleyball - Junior Whitney Billings led the way for the Wildcats with an average of 4.17 kills, 3.67 digs and 1.33 blocks per set for the week. She logged her 23rd career double-double with 16 kills and 14 digs against the Tigers. - Senior Ashley Frazier was named a Senior CLASS award finalist during the week. She is the first player in school history to advance to the final 10 seniors for the prestigious award. Women's soccer - Sophomore Arin Gilliland has scored a point in five of the last six games for UK, including scoring a goal in each of the last three games, with two game-winners. - Goalkeeper Kayla King recorded her third-straight shutout Friday night in a 1-0 win before allowing her only goal of the weekend to Auburn, snapping her 322-minute scoreless streak in net. King now stands at 11-2-0 in the net. - The win Sunday over AU was UK's fourth-straight SEC win. It is the first time since 2006 that UK has won four-straight SEC games. Men's soccer - Kentucky (8-6-1, Conference USA 3-1-1) posted a 6-1 goal margin in its two games, as the Wildcats got the first career goal from veteran Dylan Asher against Marshall, as well as Asher's hat-trick, and Kentucky's eighth all-time, vs. FIU. Senior midfielder Charley Pettys netted a goal vs. FIU off of a handball in the box allowed him to take the penalty kick.
Rifle - Kentucky set numerous program records in Sunday's win over Army, including total aggregate score (4716), total smallbore score (2348), individual aggregate score and individual smallbore score. - Senior Henri Junghanel recorded a historic Sunday as an individual, posting a program-best 1186 total score and another program-record 592 in smallbore.
Women's tennis - Freshmen Nadia Ravita and Kirsten Lewis had impressive outings in West Lafayette, Ind. The duo went 2-1 in doubles competition. Lewis advanced to the round of 32 while Ravita won two matches to make it to the quarterfinals of singles play.
Men's tennis - The men's tennis team was in Memphis, Tenn., this weekend competing in the ITA Ohio Valley Regional Indoor Championships. - Jomby and freshman Kevin Lai have earned a spot in the doubles championship match on Monday at 10:00 a.m. ET. Lai and Jomby are the No. 2 seed in the draw, and will face No. 1 overall seeded John Collins and Mikelis Lieibtis of Tennessee. Men's golf - The UK men's golf team finished tied for second at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate, shooting 11-under-par. - Sophomore Will Bishop was the individual champion, carding a 2-under-par, 70 for the tournament.
Cross country - Cally Macumber was named SEC Cross Country Athlete of the Week for the second time in a row on Tuesday. - The Rochester Hills, Mich., native's 6K time of 20:09.0 at Pre-Nationals currently ranks as the best time in the conference this season at that distance. - Macumber and Oswald led Kentucky to 12th-place overall in Louisville.
Swimming and diving - Kentucky's lone victory of the swimming meet came from sophomore Lucas Gerotto who took home first in the 100-butterfly (49.70). - The diving team had a strong opening meet with multiple victories. Junior Greg Ferrucci won the three-meter event with a score of 423.5 while senior John Fox placed fourth 332.50. Ferrucci also claimed second in the one-meter dive (361.95). For the women, in the one meter diving event Rebecca Hamperian took first for the Cats with a score of 298.35, while Sarah Chewning followed her in second scoring 282.20. Christa Cabot took first place with a final score of 308.05 in three meter diving.
Football - The Kentucky football team fell over the weekend to Arkansas 49-7 in Fayetteville. The game was suspended because of lightning twice. The second delay was with 5:08 remaining in the third quarter and Arkansas leading 49-7. The game would not resume. - In the third quarter, freshman quarterback Jalen Whitlow threw his first collegiate touchdown pass, a 61-yard play to La'Rod King. King now has 1,569 receiving yards in his career, moving past Anthony White for seventh place on the UK career receiving yardage list. He also has 17 receiving TDs in his career, tying Steve Meilinger for fifth place on the UK career list. - Kentucky is fielding one of the nation's youngest teams, playing 14 true freshmen and 26 total (true and redshirt) frosh, one of the nation's top-five teams in each category. True freshman cornerback Cody Quinn led UK in tackles with a career-best seven.
Volleyball - The Kentucky volleyball team enjoyed a 2-0 week against SEC Western Division foes racking up a pair of sweeps over Mississippi State and Texas A&M. UK captured the win over the Bulldogs in Rupp Arena in front of a Craig Skinner era record crowd of 5,162 fans. - Kentucky then turned around and earned an impressive sweep of the Western Division leading Texas A&M Aggies. Senior setter Christine Hartmann directed the offense to the tune of 49 kills on a blazing .351 hitting percentage. The .351 clip is the highest hitting percentage surrendered by the Aggies this season who currently lead the league in opponent hitting percentage. - Freshman Sara Schwarzwalder led the offensive effort against the Aggies with seven kills on .667 hitting, which both rank as career-highs within conference action.
Women's soccer - Junior Kayla King recorded back-to-back shutouts for the first time in her career, dropping her season GAA to a miniscule .833. The Louisville, Ky., native had a career high 10 saves on Sunday in Athens and kept a clean sheet vs. Tennessee on Friday night as the Wildcats picked up a crucial six points. King fended off 36 shots over the two games - Arin Gilliland scored the game-winning goal vs. Georgia, scoring her fifth goal of the season, adding to her team lead of 15 points on the season. In addition, the Lexington, Ky., native tallied the assist in the game-winning goal to Kelli Hubly in the win over Tennessee.
Men's soccer - The Kentucky men's soccer team continued its rugged schedule to open the 2012 season, traveling to face No. 25 UAB on Saturday and posting a 2-1 comeback win with a pair of second-half tallies. - Kentucky faced off with its seventh ranked opponent of the 2012 season in facing UAB, with the Wildcats falling behind 1-0 early and rallying with goals from senior midfielders Charley Pettys and Matt Lodge for the comeback win. Lodge's goal marked the 23rd of his career, ranking fourth-best in UK history. - The Wildcats have been paced by a dynamic offensive unit in 2012 that has netted 23 goals in the first 13 games, averaging 1.77 goals per game and 12.2 shots a contest. Defensively, UK has a 1.51 goals-against average and owns an 85-69 advantage in corners.
Rifle - The Kentucky rifle team started off its season with a 4666 - 4643 victory over No. 4 Nebraska. - Senior Henri Junghanel led Kentucky in smallbore, posting a 591. Junghanel also shot a 591 in air rifle. - Junior Emily Holsopple shot a team-best 591 in air rifle after shooting a 587 in smallbore. Women's golf - Kentucky finished tied for 12th in the Tar Heel Invitational that was filled with 13 top-50 teams. - Junior Liz Breed was the high finisher for the Wildcats, finishing tied for 32nd at 9-over-par. Men's golf - The UK men's golf team placed fourth at the Jack Nicklaus Invitational this week, finishing just four strokes off from first. - The Wildcats also competed in the Bearcat Invitational this week as head coach Brian Craig sent Harrison Greenberry, Joseph Barr, Seth Blann and Matthew Anderson to compete in the event as individuals.
Cross country - The Kentucky women's cross country team produced a 12th-place performance at NCAA Pre-Nationals on Saturday in Louisville. - Macumber raced across the challenging E.P. "Tom" Sawyer Park 6,000 meter course in 20:09.00 to notch her fourth top-10 finish in as many meets this season. - Oswald earned a time of 20:32.70 to finish in 23rd ensuring UK was the only unranked team at the nationally competitive meet with multiple top-25 performers. - The Wildcat men finished in 25th-place overall.
Upcoming schedule Monday, Oct. 15 Men's golf at Querencia Cabo Collegiate (San Jose del Cabo, Mexico)
Tuesday, Oct. 16 Men's golf at Querencia Cabo Collegiate (San Jose del Cabo, Mexico)
Wednesday, Oct. 17 Men's soccer at Marshall - 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 Women's tennis at ITA Regionals (Lafayette, Ind.) Men's tennis at USTA/ITA Regional Indoor (Memphis, Tenn.) Friday, Oct. 19 Women's soccer hosts South Carolina - 6:30 p.m. Volleyball hosts Arkansas - 7:00 p.m. Women's tennis at ITA Regionals (Lafayette, Ind.) Men's tennis at USTA/ITA Regional Indoor (Memphis, Tenn.) Rifle at Murray State Swimming and diving hosts Tennessee and Indiana - 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 20 Women's tennis at ITA Regionals (Lafayette, Ind.) Men's tennis at USTA/ITA Regional Indoor (Memphis, Tenn.) Football hosts Georgia - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 21 Volleyball hosts LSU- 1:30 p.m. Rifle hosts Army Women's tennis at ITA Regionals (Lafayette, Ind.) Men's tennis at USTA/ITA Regional Indoor (Memphis, Tenn.) Women's soccer hosts Auburn - 2:30 p.m. Men's soccer hosts Florida International - 5:00 p.m.
Cally Macumber has finished in the top two in each of the Wildcats' first three meets, including a first place finish at the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational. (UK Athletics)
Everyone has a hobby that they love doing in their spare time. Growing up, you have all the time in the world to play the sport you love or participate in activities that interest you. As you grow older, your time for hobbies dwindles due to the real world and the working life.
Not everyone has a chance to continue balancing their lives with work and personal time. University of Kentucky cross country runner Cally Macumber is a rare breed that has taken full advantage of her talents to continue doing what she loves.
"I just always run," Macumber said. "I started running in third grade so it's just a part of me."
Macumber is off to an excellent start in her junior season, placing in the top two in the Wildcats' first three meets, including a first-place finish at the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational on Sept. 22. After claiming second at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic, Macumber was named the Southeastern Conference Cross Country Athlete of the Week.
The year has been a successful one thus far for Macumber and possibly even more successful than she may have thought.
"I was pleasantly surprised, not running for so long," Macumber said. "I was happy with it and it gives me some confidence heading forward. It felt good being named athlete of the week, because there are some great athletes in the conference. I got the award my freshman season but it's always exciting."
However, not everything has come so easy for the native of Rochester Hills, Mich. Last season, Macumber was forced to miss the entire season due to an injury. During the offseason of 2011, she suffered from iliotibial band syndrome, which is a frequent injury for runners and affects the knees.
Macumber took a break in the offseason and decided to try her luck once she returned to school, but her right knee was still bothering her and it started to affect her back as well. She was forced to take a medical redshirt and watch from the sidelines.
This was a tough year for Macumber and she quickly realized how much of a blessing it is to be healthy and out there competing.
"I didn't like sitting on the sidelines watching and realizing how lucky you have it when you're healthy," Macumber said. "It definitely made me more excited to start training again."
Being from Michigan, Macumber made her way down to the Bluegrass state and the cross country team has benefitted tremendously from her presence. Macumber's parents pushed her to take a visit to UK and she loved every bit of the university.
This season, the track and field/cross country program has experienced a change of direction as first-year head coach Edrick Floreal has taken over the team. Floreal brought with him Hakon DeVries, who is in charge of the women's distance runners.
The beginning of the season was a reminiscent of freshman year as the athletes went through a new set of coaches all over again.
Macumber admits the change brought on some nerves, but everything is working out for the better. The coaches have brought a new system to UK and are implementing new drills that are bringing about signs of progress.
"Change scares me but everyone was so nice and they are really good coaches," Macumber said. "We have been doing new things and they have really helped. We do doubles now so we run twice a day, a couple times a week. We do strengthening, hurdle drills, speed drills and long runs on Sundays."
The Wildcats will run in their final regular season meet this Saturday in Pre-Nationals at the same course where Macumber finished second just two weeks prior. This weekend will be a 6k event as opposed to a 5k two weeks ago but Macumber admits it does help being familiar with the course, having run on it previously.
This weekend is the final meet before the SEC Championships on Oct. 26 in Nashville, Tenn. As the postseason quickly approaches, Macumber has goals for the team and is confident they will be ready to compete and make an impact to conclude the year.
"We are just trying to get better every time out and hopefully we make it to nationals," Macumber said. "That's the ultimate goal and just trying to do as best as we can. At the SEC's we want to try and finish higher than we ever have and I think we can do it."