For the fourth year in a row, North Hall graduate Ty McCormack was recognized as the fastest Georgian at the Peachtree Road Race on Friday in Atlanta.
His exact time and placement, however, were in dispute.
McCormack, 21, believed he ran a time of 29:24, which would have put him ninth in the men’s race.
However, he began the race with the field of nonprofessional runners, who McCormack said were started more than 90 seconds behind the professional runners.
That additional time was never subtracted from McCormack’s overall time, he said.
“I finished with a time of 29:24, but the clock said 31:02 because that was with the 95 seconds added on or what have you,” McCormack said.
“It’s a little frustrating. I would have been ninth overall if I’d been able to start with them.”
Instead, one unofficial result list posted online lists him 27th overall.
McCormack said his disappointment is tempered by the fact that he remained the top Georgian, and because he wouldn’t have been eligible for any prize money since he is an NCAA athlete.
He’s currently pursuing his master’s degree at Auburn, where he’s also hoping to make his presence felt during the NCAA cross country championships in the coming season.
“My goal is to try to place top 10 and maybe even top five,” McCormack said.
McCormack’s previous best at the Peachtree was 26th overall in 2012. He said he’s considering appealing his finish but has not reached a decision.
“It’s just an honor to be able to represent Gainesville again,” he said. “(This race is) a favorite tradtion of mine. I said (my placement) doesn’t matter to me — I just want people to know that Gainesville, Georgia, has the fastest runner in the state.