Greensboro, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference kicks off the 2013 Fall Championship schedule on Friday, November 1, with the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships held at the Beeson Park Course in Kernersville, N.C. The men’s 8k race will start at 10 a.m., followed by the women’s 6k competition at 11 a.m.
On the men’s side, Syracuse enters Friday’s competition as the highest ranked ACC team in the weekly USTFCCCA poll at No. 14 nationally. North Carolina is 18th and Notre Dame 23rd.
The women’s race features five ranked teams. Florida State enters the championship as the nation’s fifth-ranked team. The Seminoles are followed by Virginia at No. 10, Syracuse 19th, Notre Dame 22nd and Boston College 27th.
At last year’s ACC championship in Blacksburg, Va., host Virginia Tech claimed its first-ever league men’s title, edging second-place Virginia by six points (55-to-61). In the women’s competition, Florida State captured its fifth-straight ACC crown out-distancing runner-up Duke by a 32-point margin (35-to-67).
Will Mulherin led Virginia Tech to the men’s team title by winning the individual 8k competition in a course-record time of 23:37.3, nearly five seconds ahead of Florida State’s Breandan O’Neill (23:42.2). In addition to Mulherin, the Hokies had two other runners with top 10 finishes – sixth-place Brayden Burleigh (23.54.7) and seventh-place Thomas Curtin (23:56.3).
On the women’s side, the Seminoles placed five runners in the top 14, including individual champion Violah Lagat who completed the 6k course in a course-record time of 20:00, nearly six second ahead of Virginia’s Catherine White (20.06.0). Lagat was followed by teammates Collen Quigley (4th-20:17.6), Kayleigh Tyerman (5th-20:20.1) and Georgia Peel (14th-20:52.5).