Mack Helps USA to Second-Place Finish at World Championships
March 25, 2013
BYDGOSZCZ, Poland - Competing as a member of Team USA, former Wolfpack runner Bobby Mack assisted the American squad to a silver medal at the 2013 World Cross Country Championships Saturday.
Mack finished 19th overall with a time of 33:49 in a field of more than 100 runners representing 15 different countries. He was the fourth of six USA runners to cross the finish line.
"I was 67th here (three years ago)," Mack told LetsRun.com. "I thought that maybe top-40 would be good, or maybe top-30, but we crushed it. It was exciting to hear the team numbers being called out during the race. On the last lap, I heard people yelling at me that if you get two more people, that we would have a bronze medal. I wasn't going to get passed, and I got those last two guys. It's an amazing feeling."
Ethiopia won the event with 38 points, followed by the U.S. (52), Kenya (54), Eritrea (75), and Uganda (76) to round out the top five.
Team USA was able to edge past Kenya after performances by Ben True who finished sixth overall (33:11) and 2013 U.S. champion Chris Derrick who finished 10th (33:23). Ryan Vail was next in 17th place (33:42), as Mack helped the Americans place four runners among the top 20 finishers.