Greensboro, N.C. (TheACC.com) -- The Atlantic Coast Conference kicks off the 2016 Fall Championship schedule on Friday, October 28, with the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships held at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, North Carolina.
The women’s 6k race will start at 10 a.m., followed by the men’s 8k competition at 10:45 a.m.
Both championships will be carried live on ACC Network Extra.
The women’s race features two ranked teams with NC State leading the way as the nation’s No. 3-ranked team. The Wolfpack are followed by Notre Dame at No. 19. Syracuse and Virginia also received votes in the national poll.
On the men’s side, defending national champion Syracuse enters Friday’s competition as the highest ranked ACC team in the weekly USTFCCCA poll at No. 6 nationally. Virginia is No. 16 and Virginia Tech 26th, with Florida State receiving votes.
A Look Back
In the women’s competition, Virginia, led by Cleo Boyd’s fourth place finish, placed all five runners among the top 22 en route to capturing its first ACC title since 1982 with a narrow four-point victory over second-place NC State (71-75). The Cavaliers’ four-point margin of victory was the second narrowest in the 38-year championship history. Notre Dame (96) was third, followed by Syracuse (141) and North Carolina (150). Fighting Irish senior Molly Seidel claimed individual honors, finishing the 6k race in 19:36.2, 32.1 seconds ahead of teammate Ana Rohrer (20:08.3).
On the men’s side, Syracuse, paced by Justyn Knight’s second place finish, placed all five runners among the top 20 finishers en route to capturing its third-straight ACC title, out-distancing runner-up NC State by 49 points (46-to-95). Virginia (115) was third, followed by Virginia Tech (120), Louisville (130) and Notre Dame (147). Virginia Tech senior Thomas Curtin captured the men’s individual title in a time of 23:23.2. Louisville’s Edwin Kibichly was third in 23:30.6 and Colin Bennie of Syracuse was fourth in 23:31.4.