First Timer Syracuse, Florida State Claims Sixth Women Title In A Row
Kernersville, NC (Sporting Alert) — Syracuse and Florida State won the men’s and women’s respective team title at the 2013 ACC Cross Country Championships on Friday morning at Beeson Park in Kernersville, N.C.
Syracuse won the men’s crown, racing in their first-ever ACC championship, after finishing with an overall team score of 64 points to beat second-place North Carolina, who had 84 points.
Notre Dame finished third with 105 points, Virginia followed in fourth with 108 points, while defending ACC champion Virginia Tech was fifth with 120 points.
“This has been our goal all season,” Syracuse head coach Chris Fox said on www.theacc.com. “We wanted to be the first Syracuse team to be an ACC champion, and we are.
“Being the favorite, we had a little pressure on us coming in here, but the guys responded well. I’m really proud of them. This was a great field to compete against. So many of these teams here could advance to the nationals.”
The individual 8k title went to NC State’s Andrew Colley, who clocked 23:37.9 to beat Virginia Tech’s Thomas Curtin (24:02.2) and Syracuse’s Martin Hehir (24:05.5).
On the women’s side, defending champion Florida State scored 52 points to take the victory after placing three runners in the top ten. This was their sixth title in a row for the Karen Harvey coached team.
Virginia tallied 65 points for second place, with third going to Syracuse, who finished with 108 points. Notre Dame had 124 points in fourth with fifth going to Duke on 130 points.
The individual 6k winner was Duke’s senior pacer Juliet Bottorff, who ran 20:05.9 to come home ahead of Colleen Quigley of Florida State, 20:13.9, with the top three completed by Boston College’s Liv Westphal, who crossed in 20:15.9.
Barbara Strehler of Virginia took fourth with 20:20.8 and Hannah Walker of Florida State, fifth at 20:25.0.