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NCAA Championship race awaits Lamar cross-country runner

November 14, 2018

Senior cross-country runner Jamie Crowe, who will represent Lamar University at the upcoming NCAA Championship, was selected as the South Central Men’s Athlete of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association on Tuesday.

“It’s a great honor to have at the end of the season,” Crowe said. “It’s great to get an award after all of the hard work during the season.”

Crowe’s passion for running came from watching his father, Desmond, who ran while Crowe was a child in Scotland.

“I grew up watching him race and to see him do well really spurred me on to take up running,” Crowe said.

He has competed for Lamar for two seasons since arriving from Scotland. He runs about 100 miles per week, with about 60 miles of cross-training that includes cycling and swimming.

At the NCAA Championship on Saturday, Crowe will be the first Southland Conference runner since 2015.

“This is the first time that I’ve made it to the championship, so I don’t want to put too much pressure on the result,” Crowe said, “but being an All-American is the goal.”

The journey to the NCAA Championship was a historic one for Crowe. He’s won the past two SLC Men’s Cross-Country titles. He also became the first ever runner from Lamar to win the NCAA South Central Regional race.

Crowe isn’t the only Lamar runner headed to the national championships. Jordan Rowe, who finished in seventh place in the NCAA South Central Regional race, is also headed to Wisconsin. Rowe was selected as an at-large bid.

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