Shackleton Wins Gold With Team USA Cross Country at NACAC Championships
March 7, 2005
Freshman Drew Shackleton, competing in the inaugural NACAC Cross Country Championships at the National Training Center in Clermont, FL on Saturday, finished third in the 6k race (20:03) as Team USA won the gold medal in the men's junior race. Shackleton won a bronze medal for his third place finish and gold as a member of Team USA.
The inaugural NACAC Cross Country Championships, which features the U.S., Jamiaca, and Puerto Rico, offered spots to the top six finishers at this year's USATF Junior National Championships, but when none of the top finishers accepted the invitation to compete, the USATF opened up the six spots to any of the top-20 finishers at the Junior Nationals, including Shackleton, who had placed 14th at the championship meet.
About a month ago, Shackleton found out he was the final accepted athlete for the NACAC Championships and began preparations for the meet. Although he came in as the sixth-best runner for the U.S., he moved up considerably to place third overall in a time of 20:03, winning a bronze individual medal and gold team medal in the process.
'I was really happy about my finish because I was the last person accepted into the meet, but I ended up beating three of the runners ahead of me and scoring for the team,' said Shackleton. 'It was a great feeling to represent the U.S. and exciting to win two medals.'
Team USA swept the men's race, placing one through six as Puerto Rico finished second and Jamaica placed third.