TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Senior member of the University of Tennessee at Martin cross country team, Colin Johnson set a new school record at the NCAA South Region Championship on Friday at the Harry Pritchett Running Course in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
A native of Clarksville, Johnson paced UT Martin with a 32:06.62 mark in the 10-kilometer race, finishing 90th in the 173-runner field. Johnson’s impressive time broke the standing UT Martin record, pacing the Skyhawk field for the second consecutive race.
“What a difference six weeks can make,” said UT Martin cross country coach Gordon Sanders. “From being diagnosed with mononucleosis to getting the university record, Colin played his training smart. He never got away from the aerobic training he could handle to make the most of his summer training. Now that he is back to his best fitness, he can build on that for our spring track meets.”
Johnson was joined in the NCAA Regional field by sophomore Justin Morgan. Making his first appearance in the tournament field, Morgan finished with a time of 33:39.15. A Cookeville native, Morgan was the top finisher in three of the Skyhawks’ five competitions this season.