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Oct. 30, 2010
BOSTON, MASS.--Florida State captured both the Men's and Women's team titles at the ACC Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships Saturday, held at the Franklin Park Cross Country course in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
The Seminoles placed five runners in the Top 12 in the 8,000-meter men's competition, led by Mathew Leeder and Ciaran O'Lionaird, who placed third and fourth respectively, to compile 43 points in outdistancing second-place NC State (81) and third place North Carolina (84). Virginia was next in fourth place with 92 points followed by Duke (93), Wake Forest (209), Virginia Tech (242), Maryland (244), Boston College (254), Clemson (267), Georgia Tech (271) and Maryland (357).
Virginia's Emil Heineking, a senior from Chardon, Ohio, became the 9th ACC men's Cross country runner to win multiple titles as he repeated as ACC champion with a time of 23.40.1, to finish four tenths of a seconds ahead of UVa's Ryan Collins who finished second in a time of 23.40.5.
In the 6,000-meter women's competition, NC State freshman Laura Hoer from Arden, N.C., took individual honors with a time of 20.04.5, finishing a second ahead of Florida State's Pasca Cheruiyot (20.05.5). But the Seminoles, placed five runners among the top 18 finishers including Pilar McShine (5th, 20.25.9), Astrid Leutert (12, 20.44.2), Jessica Parry (15th, 20.52.2) and Amanda Winslow (18th, 20.56.4) to record 52 points to finish ahead of Virginia (75), Duke (99) and host Boston College (100).
North Carolina was next in 5th place (123), followed by NC State (137), Wake Forest(206), Virginia Tech (207), Clemson (208), Maryland (311), Georgia Tech (315) and Miami (353).
"It was good," said Florida State head coach Karen Harvey. "We had a few problems out there, but every meet we appear to be getting better. This is a very, very talented team and we still haven't seen everything from them yet. We have three weeks left in the season, we're going to enjoy the next few days and go back to work. We have big goals for nationals. It was very tough on our lungs to come from 90 degree weather a few days ago and it was cold during our race. It showed the character of our girls, they believed they could win and went out and acted on that."
Hoer became the ninth NC State women's runner to take the individual ACC title, the most recent being Laurie Henes in 2006.
"I really surprised and still can't believe this happened," said Hoer. "I knew we have such a good conference and such a strong field coming out here, but I do have confidence in all that my coaches do for me and what they told me coming in. I told myself I would stick with the front group, so that's pretty much what I did and held on, but I don't think it's really settled in yet.
"It was a tough course and was definitely a tough race, so I went at the last moment possible. The last bend is when I really tried and hoped that I could do it. This was just great weather to run in."
The Seminole men claimed the ACC title for the first time in school history. "We have been second and third a whole bunch over the years," FSU men's coach Bob Braman said. "We have been in the hunt most of the last 10 years and it is just so exciting for these guys that we were able to break through this year. We have been so close and I just have never felt better. I am not surprised we won but I am surprised at how much we won by. We hit an emotional high and just rode that to the end."
Heineking joins a prestigious list of ACC male cross country runners who have won two or more ACC individual championships including North Carolina's Jim Beatty and Gary Hofstetter, Maryland's Charles Shrader, Duke's Bob Wheeler and Scott Eden, Clemson's Hans Koeleman, NC State's Bob Henes and Florida State's Andrew Lemoncello.
"It feels great," said Heineking. "Coming into this race, I felt like this guy with the target on his back and kind of ran that way the first 5k. I think I led almost the whole race, but between 5k and 7k a group moved in front of me, and I was able to move up during Bear Cage Hill and run down hard through the finish. It is very special to repeat. I don't think too many guys have done that before. "
NC State's Hoer, who is the ACC Women's Cross Country Runner of the Year and the Women's Freshman of the Year, led the All-ACC Women's Cross Country team which also included her teammate Andie Cozzarelli; Ana Nosenko of Wake Forest; Kendra Schaaf of North Carolina; Pilar McShine and Astrid Leutert of Florida State; Jillian King and Carolina King of Boston College; Barbara Strehler, Stephanie Garcia and Morgana Gay of Virginia; as well as Duke's Juliette Bottorff and Madeline Morgan.
Virginia's Heineking is the ACC Men's Cross Country Runner of the Year while Florida State's Jakub Zivec, a true freshman from the Czech Republic, who finished 11th in a time of 24.07.6, was named the ACC's Freshman of the Year. Joining them on the All-ACC Men's team were Andrew Colley and Ryan Hill of NC State; Ryan Collins of Virginia; Bo Waggoner of Duke; Greg Kelsey of Maryland; Mathew Leeder, Ciaran O'Lionaird, David Forrester and Wesley Rickman of Florida State; and Adam Cunningham, Evan Watchempino and Jake Hurysz of North Carolina.