Grainger Today Correspondent
ATHENS, GEORGIA – As a result of his performance in last Saturday’s SEC Cross Country Championships held at the University of Georgia golf course, Grainger native and University of Tennessee junior cross-country runner Zach Long was named to the All-SEC team. In the 8K (5 mile) event, Long ran a time of 24 minutes and six seconds to take 10th place in the championships and win the honor of being named an All-SEC performer for the third time.
With his finish, Long led the Volunteer men to a fifth-place overall finish, and he was joined by junior teammate Wesley Robinson, who finished 19th, and freshman runner John Elrod, who finished 25th. Freshman Alex Crigger placed 39th, and sophomore Gashaw Duhamel finished 42nd to round out the scoring for Tennessee. The fifth-place finish was the highest finish recorded by the Tennessee cross-country team since 2008, when the Volunteers also recorded a fifth-place finish.
Next up for Long and the Volunteer runners will be the NCAA South Regional Championships to be held November 10 at the Harry Pritchett Running Course at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.