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NC State’s Colley and Florida State’s Quigley recognized
GREENSBORO, N.C. – NC State’s Andrew Colley has been selected the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Cross Country Performer of the Year for the second consecutive season, while Florida State’s Colleen Quigley earned Women’s Performer of the Year honors in a vote of the league’s 15 head coaches.
Colley, a senior from Williamsburg, Va., recorded the highest finish ever for an NC State men’s runner in the NCAA Championship, placing seventh and earning the third All-America cross country recognition of his illustrious career. On a cold and windy day, which made the soggy course conditions even tougher, Colley ran a time of 30:12.5 in the Nov. 23 race at Terre Haute, Ind., finishing a little over 30 seconds off the pace of individual champion Edward Cheserek of Oregon, who clocked a time of 29:41.1.
Colley wrapped up his NC State cross country career not only as a three-time All-American, but also as a four-time All-ACC and All-Region performer. Prior to the NCAAs, Colley captured the individual title at the ACC Championships on Nov. 1 with a time of 23:37.9 on the 8K Beeson Park Course at Kernersville, N.C. He placed second in the NCAA Southeast Region with a time of 28:38 on the 8K course.
Florida State’s Quigley placed sixth at the NCAA Championships to pace the Seminoles to an eighth-place team finish. In frigid and muddy conditions, Quigley got to the front of the pack early and ran in the top 10 throughout, before securing the fourth-best finish ever by an FSU athlete – male or female – at the NCAA Championships. After finishing 12th as a sophomore last season, Quigley earned All-America honors for the second consecutive year and the fifth time in her cross country and track career at FSU.
Quigley, a junior from St. Louis, posted a time of 20:11 in the NCAA final, just 11 seconds off the pace set by winner Abbey D’Agostino of Dartmouth in the tightly-bunched field. Her performance followed a second-place finish in the ACC Championships (21:13.9) and a first-place finish in the NCAA South Region (19:58).