TALLAHASSEE, FL, Sporting Alert – Here are the team scores and top finishers from the ACC Cross Country Championships, which took place in Tallahassee, FL, on Friday, Oct 30, 2015.
Syracuse cruised to victory in the men’s team title battle, while Virginia held off NC State to lift the women’s team crown.
On the back of Justyn Knight’s second place finish in the men’s 8k and placing three runners in the top five, No. 2 Syracuse dominated the race for the men’s team title after collecting 46 points to beat second-place NC State by 49 points.
Knight ran 23:24.3 for second behind individual winner Thomas Curtin of Virginia Tech who ran 23:23.0.
Two other Syracuse runners, Colin Bennie (23:31.4) and Martin Hehir (23:37.4), finished fourth and fifth respectively, while Philo Germano was 15th in 24:02.6 and Dan Lennon (24:13.7) got home 20th to round out the top five scorers for the ACC champions who were winning their third-straight.
Edwin Kibichiy of Louisville was third in the individual 8k with a time of 23:30.6.
NC State scored 95 points for second place, third went to Virginia with 115 points, Virginia Tech was fourth with 120 points and Louisville finished fifth with a score of 130.
Meanwhile, Virginia scored 71 points to secure the women’s team title.
Cleo Boyd paced the way for the Cavaliers with a fourth place finish in the women’s 6k with a time of 20:19.8.
Iona Lake took 11th with 20:32.0, Emily Mulhern (20:37.8) and Sarah Astin (20:44.4) placed 15th and 19th, while Megan Rebholz (20:46.8) was 22nd to round out the scoring five for the champs.
Virginia was winning its third ACC Cross Country Championship title on the women’s side, but it is the first team title since winning successive crowns in 1981 and 1982.
“It was a tremendous effort by the whole team,” UVA women’s head coach Todd Morgan said. “We were down going into the final kilometer, but we dug deep and finished strong to earn the win.
“It is definitely special to be the first team to win in 33 years. There have been a lot of great Virginia teams, but winning titles is not easy, so I’ve very proud of this group.”
NC State (75) was second, Notre Dame (96) took third, Syracuse (141) got fourth and North Carolina (150) completed top five.
Molly Seidel of Notre Dame dominated the women’s 6k to win with a time of 19:36.2.
She defeated teammate Anna Rohrer, who was second in 20:08.3.
ACC Cross Country Summary Team Scores
Virginia 71pts; NC State 75; Notre Dame 96; Syracuse 141; North Carolina 150; Boston College 159; Florida State 172; Virginia Tech 213; Pittsburgh 241; Clemson 244; Duke 275; Wake Forest 290; Louisville 312; Georgia Tech 407; Miami 450; Athlete Count: 131
Women’s Individual 6k Result
1 Molly Seidel Notre Dame 19:36.2
2 Anna Rohrer Notre Dame 20:08.3
3 Margo Malone Syracuse 20:17.6
4 Cleo Boyd Virginia 20:19.8
5 Ryen Frazier NC State 20:22.4
6 Samantha Jones Wake Forest 20:22.5
7 Rachel Koon NC State 20:24.4
8 Isabelle Kennedy Boston College 20:25.8
9 Carmela CardamaBaez Florida State 20:30.0
10 Grace Barnett Clemson 20:31.2
Syracuse 46pts; NC State 95; Virginia 115; Virginia Tech 120; Louisville 130; Notre Dame 147; Florida State 172; Duke 187; North Carolina 189; Georgia Tech 209; Clemson 318; Boston College 360; Pittsburgh 368; Wake Forest 410; Miami 488
Men’s Individual 8k Result
1 Thomas Curtin Virginia Tech 23:23.0
2 Justyn Knight Syracuse 23:24.3
3 Edwin Kibichiy Louisville 23:30.6
4 Colin Bennie Syracuse 23:31.4
5 Martin Hehir Syracuse 23:37.4
6 Shaun Thompson Duke 23:40.4
7 George Parsons NC State 23:44.8
8 Chase Weaverling Virginia 23:45.6
9 Meron Simon NC State 23:55.3
10 Henry Wynne Virginia 23:56.0