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This week: McCormack hoping for repeat at Peachtree
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Ty McCormack has set the bar high for himself in the Peachtree Road Race, even though it’s not a race he trains for specifically. McCormack, a North Hall High grad, was the top finisher out of about 35,000 runners from Georgia in the 2011 Fourth of July race and the largest 10 kilometer race in the nation.

He’ll be back at the starting line in Atlanta again for this summer’s race Wednesday morning.

Last year, McCormack sprinted across the finish line with a time of 31 minutes, 1 second and placed 47th overall out of nearly 55,000 finishers.

“My time might not be as good as I ran last summer,” said McCormack, who recently finished his sophomore season running track and field at Clemson University. “But, hopefully I’ll be able to be the top Georgia finisher again.”

The Peachtree Road Race is known as a challenging 10K course. The large crowds make it even more difficult for runners aiming to make a good time. With the weather forecasting a continuation of high temperatures on race day, it will make running a personal best especially challenging.

“The Peachtree is one you can’t go in expecting to run a personal best,” said McCormack, the ACC’s top finisher in the steeplechase event this spring. “I just go out there to do my best and enjoy the race.”

McCormack, who is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, will redshirt during this fall’s cross country season, while completing his internship in China.

TRACK AND FIELD: Three Hall County track and field athletes will be on hand this week for the US Track & Field Junior Olympics Region three championships in Newport News, Va. Gainesville’s Sara Hayes and Marcquel Woodard, and Chestatee’s Brandon Thompson all qualified from the Junior Olympics state meet on June 24 in Fayetteville.

Hayes, a rising junior, placed first at state in the high jump, second in the long jump and third overall in the heptathlon. Meanwhile, Woodard was second in the 800 meter run.

Thompson placed third in the 200 and fourth in the 100. Athletes at the Junior Olympics Region 3 championships represent Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

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