By Mike Safford, College of Idaho Associate Athletic Director/Sports Information Director
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Former College of Idaho All-American Greg Montgomery was named to Team USA for next weekend's Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country race in Scotland.
A native of Boise and four-time NAIA All-American in cross country, Montgomery is one of nine runners selected by the States Track & Field Association who will compete for the United States in one of the world's greatest annual cross country events.
Montgomery recently competed at the United States Club Cross Country National Championships in Bend, Ore., placing tenth overall among nearly 500 competitors over a 10-kilometer distance. He received the invitation early last week and will head to Great Britain with the rest of Team USA early this week.
Joining Montgomery on Team USA are veteran runners Bobby Mack, Chris Derrick, and Joe Gray. Mack won the Bupa Great Edinburgh title in 2013, finishing as runner-up in 2012, while he and Derrick were members of Team USA at last years' World Cross Country Championships. Gray is coming off a title at the U.S. Club Cross Country National Championships – 30 seconds ahead of the former Coyote. Other Team USA runners include Ryan Jan Bak, Brendan Gregg, Richard Medina, Maverick Darling, and Sam Alexander.
The United States squad will compete in a team format over an eight-kilometer course in Edinburgh, squaring off against top teams from Europe, Africa, and the host team from Great Britain/Northern Ireland.
The race will be carried live Saturday on BBC, along with a live stream on USATF.tv, beginning at 6:15 a.m. (MT)