ACC Cross Country: Syracuse Men, Florida State Women, top coaches’ polls

Five league men’s teams, six women’s teams earn preseason national rankings

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( – The defending Atlantic Coast Conference champion Syracuse men and Florida State women's cross country teams were selected to repeat in 2014 in a vote by the league's head coaches. 

Syracuse, which captured the 2013 ACC men’s title in its first year as a conference member, was a unanimous first-place selection in a vote of the league’s head coaches. Virginia placed second, followed by North Carolina, Florida State, NC State and Virginia Tech.

Notre Dame held seventh place in the men’s poll, followed by Duke and ACC newcomer Louisville in an eighth-place tie. Wake Forest placed 10th in the voting, followed by Georgia Tech, Clemson, Pitt, Boston College and Miami. 

Florida State received all but two first-place votes on the women’s side. Virginia, which received the other two first-place votes, placed second, followed by Syracuse, Duke, North Carolina and Notre Dame.

NC State was seventh in the women’s voting, followed by Virginia Tech, Boston College, Wake Forest, Louisville, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Pitt and Miami.

The ACC is well-represented in the USTFCCCA coaches’ preseason polls released Tuesday, with five men’s teams ranked among the top 30 and six women’s teams represented.

Syracuse leads conference teams in the men’s poll with a No. 8 national ranking. Virginia is ranked 14th, followed by NC State at No. 15, North Carolina at No. 20 and Florida State at No. 24.

Florida State’s women earned a No. 3 preseason ranking, while Virginia is 10th. Syracuse is ranked 13th, followed by Boston College at No. 17, Virginia Tech at No. 21 and NC State at No. 27.

The 2014 ACC cross country predicted order of finish by the league head coaches is as follows:

1.    Syracuse
2.    Virginia
3.    North Carolina
4.    Florida State
5.    NC State
6.    Virginia Tech
7.    Notre Dame
t-8. Duke
t-8. Louisville
10. Wake Forest
11. Georgia Tech
12. Clemson
13. Pitt
14. Boston College
15. Miami

ACC Women
1.    Florida State
2.    Virginia
3.    Syracuse
4.    Duke
5.    North Carolina
6.    Notre Dame
7.    NC State
8.    Virginia Tech
9.    Boston College
10.    Wake Forest
11.    Louisville
12.    Clemson
13.    Georgia Tech
14.    Pitt
15.    Miami