ACC Announces Cross Country Performers of the Week

Florida State’s Goodwin and Peel, Syracuse’s Hameline honored


GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Florida State’s Jack Goodwin has been named the first Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Cross Country Performer of the Week of the 2015 season, while the Seminoles’ Georgia Peel and Syracuse’s Cassia Hameline were named ACC Women’s Co-Performers of the Week.

Goodwin followed coach Bob Braman’s race plan to the letter at the season-opening Covered Bridge Open at State Farm Fields in Boone, North Carolina, starting conservatively and closing strong. The Bedford, Great Britain, senior didn’t lead until the final stride, but came away with the victory by nipping host Appalachian State’s Mike Ellis by .09 seconds (20:12.19-20:12.28) at the finish line. It was the first collegiate cross country victory for Goodwin, who earned All-ACC and All South Region honors last season. Florida State tied Appalachian State for second place with 60 points, as Florida claimed the team title.

Peel launched her final campaign with the Seminoles by collecting her first collegiate cross country victory, cruising to a 15-second triumph over her nearest competitor while leading her team to the Covered Bridge Open title.  The Chobham, Great Britain, senior took the lead just past the midway point and won in 17:44.07 over the 5000-meter course. In the process, she helped deliver first-year FSU coach Kelly Phillips a debut victory. The Noles grabbed four of the top 10 spots for a 29-point team total, easily outdistancing runner-up Florida (42 points).

Hameline won her Orange debut by pacing the 4800 meter race at Colgate’s Harry Lang Invitational with a time of 17:17.0, less than one second ahead of the second-place finisher. Hameline, a graduate student from New Hartford, New York, led Syracuse to a third-place finish in a field that included two of the region’s top-10 ranked teams (Bucknell and Navy).