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Louisville, Ky. (TheACC.com) – Syracuse, keyed by three finishers in the top 10, captured the ACC’s first ever NCAA men’s cross country title, out-distancing pre-meet favorite and top-ranked Colorado by a nine-point (82-to-91) margin.
Sophomore Justyn Knight led the way for the Orange with a fourth place finish, completing the 10k course in 29:46.1. Syracuse sophomore Colin Bennie placed eighth with a time of 29:55.9 while senior teammate Martin Hehir was ninth at 29:59.5.
A third Syracuse sophomore, Philo Germano was 39th at 30:29.5, while junior Joel Hubbard rounded out the team scoring with a time of 30:31.5, good for 47th overall.
For head coach Chris Fox’s Orange, which finished fifth in last’s year’s NCAA meet, this year’s first place finish marked the program’s second national cross country title and first since 1951.
Louisville, led by senior Ernest Kibet’s 18th place finish, had the program’s best ever showing finishing seventh overall. The Cardinals were followed by Virginia (22nd), Virginia Tech (27th) and Florida State (29th).
In the women’s race, Notre Dame senior, and ACC champion, Molly Seidel captured the Individual title, completing the 6k course in 19:28.6, five seconds ahead of Boise State’s Allie Ostrander (19:33.6).
Irish freshman Anna Rohrer placed sixth with a time of 19:59.7.
Seidel is the first ACC performer since North Carolina’s Shalane Flanagan in 2003, and the seventh overall, to capture the NCAA women’s individual title.
NC State placed five runners in the top 75 and finished fifth overall, while Notre Dame was eighth. Syracuse finished12th and Virginia 15th. The Wolfpack’s finish was its best since a second place finish in 2001.
Led by Knight, seven men and three women earned All-America honors with top 40 finishes. They are as follows:
Justyn Knight, So, Syracuse
Colin Bennie, So., Syracuse
Martin Hehir, Sr., Syracuse
Ernest Kibet, Sr., Louisville
Thomas Curtin, Sr., Virginia Tech
Michael Clevenger, Sr., Notre Dame
Philo Germano, So., Syracuse
Molly Seidel, Sr., Notre Dame
Anna Rohrer, Fr., Notre Dame
Samantha Jones, Sr., Wake Forest