Jan. 14, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State cross country freshman Garret Zuk has been selected to represent the United States at the North American Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Cross Country Championships as announced by USA Track & Field on Jan. 8. The competition will be held in Jamaica on Jan. 26.
"Obviously, it's a huge honor. I'm so grateful for the opportunity, "said Zuk. "I have to thank Coach Drenth for the nomination process and everyone at USA Track & Field for allowing me the opportunity. Of course, when you're little, everyone wants to run with USA on their jersey. It will be a great time. I just want to be able to represent my school and my country well. There will be great competition. Hopefully, USA comes out on top."
Zuk was nominated by his coaches and chosen as one of five members in the junior mens group. Selection for the team was based on performance at the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships in December. The team of junior and senior men and women will be led by coaches Don Janicki and Devon Martin.
"Our expectations as a program are to have people at national competitions and this is a well-earned honor," said director of track & field/cross country Walt Drenth. "There was a nomination process. Coaches and athletes from all over the country put in nominations and they picked him. I think he's ready to run well. It will be a great experience and it will help him as he moves forward as an athlete."
Zuk redshirted for the Spartans during the 2012 cross country season. He ran a personal-best race at the Jayhawk Invitational with a time of 24:27.37.