NCAA Cross Country ACCtion: Saturday, November 17

NCAA Cross Country ACCtion: Saturday, November 17

Nov. 18, 2012

Men's Results: 5. Florida State (238 points), 14. Virginia (382), 22. Virginia Tech (516), 26. NC State (550), 30. Duke (725)

Women's Results: 4. Florida State (202 points), 7. Duke (300), 19. Boston College (462)

A Pair Of Surprises!

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The top-ranked Florida State women’s cross country team placed three runners in the top 17 but was unable to match the top five depth of Oregon, which made off with the NCAA Championship Saturday under ideal conditions at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park.

On a day when the course ran exceedingly fast, Violah Lagat (11th, 19:52), Colleen Quigley (12th, 19:53) and Amanda Winslow (17th, 20:02) led the Seminoles’ strong push from the front. Their All-American performances, however, weren’t enough as the Seminoles finished fourth – after a lengthy delay to review results – with 202 points. Oregon claimed the title with 114, followed by Providence (183) and Stanford (198).

The fourth-place finish left Karen Harvey’s squad to settle for their sixth consecutive podium finish.

On the men's side, in a performance that was eerily reminiscent of its 2010 NCAA runner-up finish, Bob Braman’s squad put together an impressive run to finish fifth. The 18th-ranked Seminole men received All-American performances from junior Jakub Zivec (21st, 29:47) and senior Breandan O Neill (28th, 29:52), and equally stellar efforts from the senior trio of David Forrester (62nd, 30:26), Wes Rickman (77th, 30:31) and Seth Proctor (131st, 30:59).

Duke Women Finish Seventh, Men 30th at NCAAs

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Sophomore Kelsey Lakowske earned All-America honors as the Duke men's and women's cross country teams wrapped up the 2012 campaign Saturday at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, hosted by the University of Louisville at E.P. 'Tom' Sawyer State Park.

The Blue Devil women, ranked 10th nationally heading into the weekend, came away with a seventh-place showing for the program's best performance at the championship meet since taking third in 2005. The men's squad placed 30th overall out of 31 teams to move up one spot from its initial seeding.

The Duke women tallied 300 points on the afternoon, while Oregon took home the team title with 114 points, 69 points ahead of second-place finisher Providence (183). Stanford (198), Florida State (202), Michigan (247), Arizona (263), Duke, Connecticut (304), Washington (334) and New Mexico (341) rounded out the top 10 schools. Betsy Saina of Iowa State crossed the line at 19:27.9 to capture the individual crown.

"We've really been focusing all year on trying to be the best team we could be and we certainly rose to the challenge," said women's head coach Kevin Jermyn. "This was a big thrill and a big confidence boost, especially since we had some young, first-timers in this group."

WXC Finishes 19th at Nationals

Louisville, Ky. – The No. 29 Boston College women’s cross country team concluded their 2012 campaign with a 19th place (462 points) finish out of 31 teams at the NCAA Championships in Louisville on Saturday. Fellow ACC members Florida State and Duke finished fourth and seventh respectively.

Senior Jillian King finished the 6K course with a team best 20:32.6 while sophomore Liv Westphal placed second on the team with a time of 20:40.1.

Boston College’s top five was rounded out by Bridget Dahlberg (20:54.6), Morgan Mueller (21:01.4), and Allison Stasiuk (21:31.8). The order of the top five was identical to last week’s NCAA Regional in Madison, Connecticut.

Elizabeth O’Brien and Elizabeth Hynes also competed at the event for the Eagles whom were making their third consecutive NCAA Championship appearance.

Virginia Men Finish 14th at NCAA Cross Country Championships

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--The Virginia men's cross country team finished 14th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships Saturday afternoon (Nov. 17) at E.P. `Tom' Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. Graduate students Zach Gates and Catherine White earned All-America honors for finishing in the top 40.

The Cavalier men, who finished ninth in the NCAA Southeast Region a year ago, placed 14th at the national meet with 382 points, their best finish since 2008.

"We're going in the right direction," head men's cross country coach Pete Watson said. "This meet is the hardest meet for those who have never run it before and for these guys like Kyle (King), Thomas (Porter), Drew (Paisley) and Jack (St. Marie), this was a very valuable experience for them. We wanted to be a little better, but it's a pretty positive finish and I'm happy with where we're headed."

Virginia was led by Gates (Fishers, Ind.), who came back from two early falls to earn an All-America citation with a 22nd-place finish in 29:48.3.

Hokies place 22nd at NCAA Championships

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In its first time running at the NCAA Championships since 1987, the Virginia Tech men’s cross country team finished in 22nd place after only five of its seven runners were able to complete today’s 10k race at E.P. ‘Tom’ Sawyer State Park. The team finish was the third-best in the five times that the team has been to nationals. Redshirt senior Will Mulherin led the way for the Hokies by earning All-America accolades by tying for 28th place.

“First of all, I’m really proud of Will Mulherin for becoming a two-time All-American,” Virginia Tech head coach Ben Thomas said. “A two-time All-American in cross country is really hard to do. There’s not a lot of those guys out there and he’s the first guy in our school’s history so that’s a perfect cap to a perfect season for him.

Tech’s No. 1 runner, Mulherin paced the Hokies with his second consecutive All-America finish as he came in at 29:52.7, tied for 28th place. With the honor, the redshirt senior became the first men’s runner in Tech history to earn All-America honors twice during his career. His time was two tenths of a second back of his personal best 10k time which he set last week at the NCAA Southeast Regional in Charlotte, N.C.

“It was a good race,” Mulherin said. “I kind of ran the same race as I did last year. I went out and tried to run with the lead pack, get a really good improvement on my place from last year. About halfway through, I fell off a little bit and kind of battled back in the second half to stay with the group. I think at one point I was 35th and over the last mile or two, I battled back to get into the 20s.”

Men's Cross Country Concludes 2012 Season at NCAA Championship

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The NC State men’s cross country team combined for a 26th place finish Saturday afternoon at the 2012 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship race at the E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park.

Redshirt junior Andrew Colley earned All-America honors for the second straight year with a 16th place finish with a time of 29:39.5 in the 10K race. The Williamsburg, Va., native finished 15th in last year’s championship meet at Indiana State.

“Andrew Colley had a terrific race," said head coach Rollie Geiger. "You look at the finishers above him and some of them ran or were close to running in the Olympic Games. We were kind of off the game. You get overwhelmed by the events, the pace goes out fast and you don’t run your race.”

Redshirt senior Brian Himelright was the next Wolfpack runner to complete the course with a time of 31:03.5, followed by redshirt freshmen Graham Crawford (31:16.1) and Mitch Mallory (31:24.7), and senior Matt Sonnenfeldt (31.28.0). Redshirt senior Patrick Campbell was the next NC State racer to finish with a time of 31:49.7, while redshirt sophomore Michael Mansy stopped the clock at 33:02.0.