During his running career Mark Carroll cemented himself as one of the best runners in Irish history. He moved to the United States in 1991 to attend Providence college where he was a 6-time All American, 7-time Big East Champion, and won the 1995 Indoor NCAA National Title. During his time at Providence he also met his future wife, Amy Rudolph-Carroll, a 2-time Olympian for the United States. As a 19-year old, the Cork, Ireland native, earned the first major title of his career, capturing the 1991 European Junior Title in the 5K in Thessalonika, Greece.
In 1998 he won bronze at the European Track & Field Championships held in Budapest. In 2000, he won the European Indoor 3K title. In that same year, Carroll posted the top mile time of his career (3:50.3) in Oslo, Norway.
Carroll is a four-time IAAF World Track and Field member, and holds the Irish-national record in the 3K (7:30.36), which he set in 1996. He also held the national 5k and 10k records of 13:03.93 and 27:46.42 that have since been broken.
He has participated in several marathons in the later stages of his career, highlighted by a sixth-place finish in the 2002 New York Marathon in his marathon debut. His time of 2:10.54 sits only 61 seconds off of the Irish national record of 2:09.17.
Carroll was a member of the 2000 and 2004 Ireland Olympic Team competing in the 5K both years.
Carroll now lives in Auburn, Alabama where he is in his 5th year as the Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Coach and Assistant Track and Field Coach at Auburn University.