NATIONAL CHAMPIONS! Syracuse Men Win NCAA Team Title, Notre Dame’s Seidel NCAA Women's Champion

Three Orange Runners in the Top 10 propelled Syracuse to the 2015 NCAA Men's Title; Notre Dame’s Molly Seidel NCAA National Champion

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:

Men

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

Women

Molly Seidel, Sr., Notre Dame
Anna Rohrer, Fr., Notre Dame
Samantha Jones, Sr., Wake Forest



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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - After 64 years, the Syracuse men's cross country team returned to the top of the podium as the 2015 National Champions!

The Orange, which hadn't reached the podium at the NCAA Championship since 1951, entered the race No. 2 in the rankings, took down unanimous No. 1 Colorado by placing three runners in the top-10.
 
Syracuse secured 82 points in the victory, with Colorado (91), Stanford (151), Oregon (183) and Iona (231) rounding out the top-five behind 'Cuse.

"They ran like men. They took control at the beginning and never let it go," said head coach Chris Fox. "They put themselves in a dominant position and said come get me. It was an incredible day, if you were going to write it down before hand - to beat two-time defending National Champion Colorado when they have everyone back and have Stanford and Oregon go third and fourth, those are the names in our sport - it happened exactly how we'd have wanted it to."

Sophomore Justyn Knight led the way for the Orange, taking fourth overall in 29:46.1, with teammates Colin Bennie and Martin Hehir right behind, as they have been all season, in eighth and ninth overall.



LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Gasps of admiration resonated throughout the crowd as University of Notre Dame senior Molly Seidel rounded the final turn Saturday at the 2015 NCAA Cross Country Championships in Louisville, Kentucky. Seidel had built a commanding lead over Boise State freshman Allie Ostrander and with the finish line in sight, knew exactly what she needed to accomplish. 

For Seidel, the task of exceeding expectations comes naturally. A native of Hartland, Wisconsin, she became Notre Dame's first individual national champion in women's program history in the 10,000-meter event at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships last spring. 

Carrying the weight of anticipation into this season, the All-American handled the pressure with the poise of a veteran, guiding her teammates along the way. She raced to titles at the ACC Championships and NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships before journeying to Louisville to take on a premier national field. 


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The NC State women's cross country team made its #STATEment on Saturday at Tom Sawyer State Park, finishing fifth at the NCAA Championships with 264 points. The finish is the highest since the team was the national runner up in 2001. Each of the Pack's scorers finished with fewer than 75 points in the true team effort.

The men continued its upward trend, finishing 28th with 596 points. The team missed the championships in 2014. The squad gains a full year of NCAA experience, racing back-to-back 10,000m races.


Louisville, Ky. – The University of Louisville men's cross country team finished seventh at the NCAA Championship held at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park on Saturday afternoon.  The finish is the best in school history by the Cardinals and the second Top 10 finish at the NCAA Championships.

"We are so proud of these eight young men," said head coach Dale Cowper.  "Joe has done a tremendous job of bringing them along through the championship season and today was a great capstone event."
 
Senior Ernest Kibet led the Cardinals today finishing 18th, for his first career Top 20 finish in the NCAA Championship.  He finished with a time of 30:09.4, earning All-American honors to wrap up his cross country career at Louisville.



LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Virginia women’s cross country team placed 15th at the NCAA Championships Saturday afternoon (Nov. 21) at EP Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. It is the second-consecutive year the Cavaliers have placed 15th at the national meet.

The Cavaliers finished with 386 points to place 15th overall. New Mexico earned the team crown with 49 points, followed by Colorado (129), Oregon (214) and Providence (231).

“I am really proud of this group and all that they have accomplished this season,” UVA women’s cross country coach Todd Morgan said. “This isn’t the finish we had hoped for, but they certainly don’t have anything to hang their heads about.”

UVA, who won the ACC and NCAA Southeast Regional titles, was led by junior Cleo Boyd (Kingston, Ontario), who finished 67th overall in 20:38.5. Sophomore Megan Rebholz (Stafford, Va.) was 76th, a year after placing 248th at the national meet. Graduate student Iona Lake (Norwich, England) finished 92nd, while graduate student Sarah Astin (Isle of Man, Great Britain) and sophomore Maria Hauger (Shakopee, Minn.) rounded out the scoring five in 123rd and 176th, respectively.



LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Virginia Tech cross country runner Thomas Curtin finished 22nd at the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships held Saturday at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Kentucky.

Curtin, a redshirt senior, was the top finisher for the Hokies, running the 10k course in a time of 30 minutes, 15.1 seconds. A foot injury hampered Curtin in his bid to win his fourth straight race and first national championship, but he earned All-America honors in cross country for the first time. That comes on the heels of earning All-America honors during the indoor and outdoor track seasons this past academic year.

The Tech men’s team, which received an at-large bid to the Championships and was making the program’s sixth appearance (just the second since 1987), finished in 27th place out of 31 teams.



LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Competing as an individual qualifier, Wake Forest senior cross country runner Samantha Jones capped her collegiate cross country career with a 34th-place finish in a 254-runner field at the NCAA Championships at Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. on Saturday. 

She earned All-American status by finishing in the top 40. 

Jones' finish was the best by a Demon Deacon at the NCAA Championships since the team last had an All-American in 2006. That year, Michelle Sikes crossed the finish line in 15th, helping guide the team to a 27th-place finish. 

The Randolph, N.J. native's time in the 6k race was 20:22.5, a 45.7-second improvement on her last race at Tom Sawyer State Park in last year's NCAA Southeast Regional. She was in 43rd place at the 2000m and 4000m marks before a late-race surge made her the school's eighth women's cross country All-American.



LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Redshirt senior Shaun Thompson capped his collegiate cross country career Saturday, racing to a 95th-place finish in a field of 252 competitors at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Louisville, Ky. Thompson clocked a 10-kilometer time of 30:55.2 on the E.P. ‘Tom’ Sawyer course.

Thompson, a week removed from a second-place finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships, took the start for the second national championships of his Duke cross country career. After passing the two-kilometer mark in 112th, Thompson advanced through the field, placing himself in the top 50 at the midway point in the race, before closing out the contest in 95th.



LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Minutes before the gun sounded to start the NCAA Men’s Cross Country Championship race, Florida State redshirt junior Stanley Linton reiterated what has become his mantra over the last calendar year.

“I’ve been waiting 365 days for this,” Linton said.

Running with a vengeance as the temperature plummeted and wind kicked up over the course of the 10,000-meter race, Linton made good on his promise to make amends for his performance a year ago at the championship meet.

Linton’s 107th-place finish from a starting field of 255 led the Seminoles, who also improved on their team finish of a year ago, to a 29th-place showing.



LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Stephen Mulherin finished 118th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday. Mulherin timed in at 31:08.2.

"Stephen's plan was to be a little off the pace early and then move up over the last 5K," head coach Mark VanAlstyne said. "Unfortunately, it's really tough to judge, especially when the course is as tight as Louisville's is, and he was in the 180's at 2k. He made a great attempt and moved up into 86th at 8k but the effort to get there was so great it left him unable to close it out. I'm really proud of his effort though as it would have been very easy to pack it in early, after that start, but he stayed after it and gave himself a shot."

Mulherin was competing as an individual in the race. Mulherin was the first individual male runner from UNC to qualify since 2011.