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

Orange pegged fourth consecutive league title, Wolfpack tabbed as women’s favorite

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( – Reigning NCAA champion Syracuse was picked to claim its fourth straight Atlantic Coast Conference men’s cross country title, and the NC State women were selected as 2016 conference favorites in a vote of the league’s head coaches. 

Syracuse, which captured the 2013, 2014 and 2015 ACC men’s titles in its first three years as a conference member, was a unanimous first-place selection. Virginia placed second, followed by NC State, Louisville and Virginia Tech.

NC State placed ahead of defending champion Virginia in the ACC preseason women’s poll. Notre Dame finished third in the voting, followed by Syracuse and Virginia Tech.

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

Syracuse leads conference teams in the men’s poll with a No. 1 national ranking. Virginia is ranked 15th, followed by Louisville at No. 24 and NC State at No. 30. Florida State received votes

NC State’s women earned a No. 5 preseason ranking, while Notre Dame is 14th, Syracuse 15th and Virginia 16th.

The 2016 ACC cross country predicted order of finish by the league head coaches is as follows:

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

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