Cally Macumber Finishes Sixth at National Championships
By Jacob Most
Nov. 17, 2012 -
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Cally Macumber capped a great season with yet another spectacular result when she finished in sixth place at the NCAA National Championships at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park on Saturday.
Macumber hung with the lead group for much of the 6K race finishing in a season-best time of 19:42.20, fewer than 15 seconds behind the race winner. She is the highest NCAA finisher for the Wildcat women since Valerie McGovern was the national runner-up in 1989.
Macumber became the first woman in UK history to complete a 6K race in less than 20 minutes.
Chelsea Oswald also had an impressive day as she came in 37th with a time of 20:13.00.
Both Macumber and Oswald earned All-America honors, marking the first time since 1988 that multiple UK women garnered that recognition in the same year. They are just the ninth and tenth women respectively to be named All-Americans in program history.
Macumber placed inside the top-10 at every 2012 race she entered, highlighted by three individual victories.
“Having both Cally and Chelsea training together, neither one of them could be as good without the other,” women’s cross country coach Hakon DeVries said. “Having them has allowed us to hit this first year running. I think we put everyone on notice that UK is up and coming.”
Luis Orta also impressed by finishing with a time of 30:52.30 in his first NCAA Championship appearance.
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Kentucky Women’s Individual Results (Overall)
6. Cally Macumber – 19:42.20
37. Chelsea Oswald – 20:13.00
Kentucky Men’s Individual Results (Overall)
114. Luis Orta – 30:52.30