Cross Country

Tori Herman Named Cross Country All-American

by Sommer Thomas

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky cross country Tori Herman earned All-American status from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association after a stellar sophomore season and a top-20 finish at the NCAA Championships last Saturday. 

Herman finished 17th in the 6,000-meter NCAA Championship race last weekend in Tallahassee, Florida. She ran a 25-second personal best 6K time of 19:44.40. 

Herman earned All-America status for the second time in her career, and first time in cross country. She finished 13th (4:42.09) in the mile at 2021 NCAA Indoor Championships, earning second-team All-America honors. 

“It feels so amazing to finally see the results after working all season on the national level and I’m very excited to see how that transfers to track,” Herman said. “I think this is definitely a great confidence booster going into the next season.” 

Herman’s 17th-place finish is the highest since Cally Macumber finished 13th at NCAA Championships in 2013.   

The sophomore from Hilton Head, South Carolina proved herself to be an elite runner through her exemplary second season with UKXC. 

She earned three top five finishes throughout the season, including a win in the Commodore Classic 5K, a fifth-place finish at SEC Championships in the 6K and third place finish with a time of 20:09.40 at NCAA Southeast Regionals. 

Herman earned All-Region honors for her strong performance at regionals and an automatic qualification for NCAA Championships as the first finisher at the meet from a non-qualifying team. 

Each time Herman ran this season, she ran for a new personal best. The sophomore’s best 5K is 16:43.4. 

Next Up  

Herman and the rest of Kentucky track & field and cross country now transitions to the indoor track season, which begins at University of Louisville on Saturday, December 11.  

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