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Syracuse’s Fox and Florida State’s Harvey recognized
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Syracuse’s Chris Fox has been named the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year, and Florida State’s Karen Harvey was selected as the ACC Women’s Coach of the Year in balloting by the league’s head coaches.
Fox guided Syracuse to the ACC men’s championship in the program’s first year of conference competition, while Harvey directed Florida State to its sixth consecutive ACC title.
Syracuse placed first in the ACC Men’s Championship on Nov. 1 at Kernersville, N.C.’s Beeson Park, placing three runners among the top 15 in amassing 64 team points. The Orange finished 20 points ahead of second-place North Carolina.
Syracuse followed up with a first-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional in Bronx, N.Y., with six runners finishing in the top 25 to take all-region honors, including a third place finish by Martin Hehir. Fox was named the Northeast Coach of the Year. The team then finished 10th at the NCAA Championships at Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 23, the Orange’s best showing since Fox took over as head of the program in 2005.
Harvey’s FSU women placed five runners among the top 19 of the ACC Championship en route to 52 points, 13 ahead of second-place Virginia.
The Seminoles ran away with the field at the NCAA South Regional in Tuscaloosa, Ala., with ACC Women’s Performer of the Year Colleen Quigley’s first-place finish pacing a group of five FSU runners among the top 17. The Seminoles finished 81 points ahead of runner-up Vanderbilt in the team scoring. FSU’s eighth-place at the NCAA Championship closed out the solid season.
This marks Harvey’s seventh consecutive ACC Women’s Coach of the Year honor, which equals NC State women’s coach Rollie Geiger’s streak (1987-1993) as the longest by either a men’s or women’s coach in ACC cross country history.