Kentucky's Macumber named SEC Runner of the Year

November 2, 2012 

University of Kentucky junior Cally Macumber was named Southeastern Conference Cross Country Runner of the Year on Friday, the first UK woman to earn the honor.

Voting was conducted by the SEC's coaches.

"This is a great accomplishment for Cally, our team and UK Athletics," Kentucky cross country coach Edrick Floreal said in a news release. "This is also a testament to Cally's work ethic. She is a tone-setter for what our team strives to accomplish in the coming years."

Macumber, a native of Rochester Hills, Mich., won the SEC Championship Race on Oct. 26 and owns the SEC's best times at both 5,000 and 6,000 meters. She was also named a first-team All-SEC runner.

Macumber was the first Wildcat to win the women's SEC title since Valerie McGovern in 1989. Macumber was named SEC Athlete of the Week twice this season, to go along with a pair of individual race wins.

Macumber finished in the top 10 at every UK meet this season.

"Being named SEC Runner of the Year is a tremendous honor," UK women's cross country coach Hakon DeVries said. "I'm really proud of everything Cally has accomplished this season. She's a great competitor, leader and most importantly a great teammate. I'm glad to see her hard work get recognition from our conference."

Macumber's UK teammate, Chelsea Oswald, joined Macumber on the All-SEC first team. Oswald is a senior from Medina, Ohio.

Men's runner Luis Orta, a senior from Caracas, Venezuela, made the second team.

Kentucky's cross country teams return to action Nov. 9 for the NCAA Southeast Regional in Charlotte, N.C.

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