NCAA Cross Country ACCtion: Friday, November 9

Nov. 10, 2012

NCAA Southeast Regional

Men’s Standings: 1. Virginia (64 points); 3. NC State (102 points); 4. Virginia Tech (150 points); 5. Duke (201 points); 9. Wake Forest (288 points); 11. North Carolina (335 points); 16. Clemson (427 points).

Women’s Standings: 1. Duke (81 points); 3. NC State (147 points); 5. North Carolina (195 points); 7. Clemson (239 points); 8. Virginia (251 points); 12. Wake Forest (332 points).

Women’s Cross Country Wins Southeast Regional

MATTHEWS, N.C. - Four Blue Devil runners finished inside the top 25 to lead the 10th-ranked women's cross country team to the NCAA Southeast Region title Friday at McAlpine Creek Park. With the first-place finish - the program's first at the regional meet since the 2009 season and third Southeast Region championship overall - the team automatically qualifies for next week's NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in Louisville, Ky. The Duke men placed fifth in the regional championship in the team's first 10K event of the season.

"We knew we could be in a position to contend for the regional title, so I was definitely pleased to see that materialize for the girls," said women's head coach Kevin Jermyn. "We had a really, really strong top four today. I feel like we've made some progress from where we were at ACCs ... Any time you win a large region like this, you have to be pleased with the effort."

Senior Juliet Bottorff paced the Blue Devils, crossing the line at 20:14.48 in the women's 6K race to come in second overall. The second-place showing marked Bottorff's highest career finish at the regional meet while also garnering her All-Southeast Region accolades for the third time in her cross country career.

Virginia Men Win NCAA Southeast Regional Championship

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—The Virginia men’s cross country team won its first NCAA Southeast Regional Championship Friday (Nov. 9) at McAlpine Creek Park in Charlotte, N.C. With the win, the men will compete at the NCAA Championships next Saturday (Nov. 17) in Louisville, Ky.

The men had five finishers in the top 19 to earn 64 points and out-pace Eastern Kentucky, who placed second with 75 points. ACC Rivals NC State (102), Virginia Tech (150) and Duke (201) rounded out the top five.

"I'm proud of this team," head men's cross country coach Pete Watson said. "This was a great team effort from all of our guys. We executed the game plan to perfection. I'm excited for these guys winning UVa's first men's regional title."

On the women’s side, the Cavaliers placed eighth with 251 points. Duke won the team title with 81 points. Graduate student Catherine White (Roanoke, Va.) earned an NCAA individual berth and All-Southeast Region honors as a result of her fourth-place finish (20:22.64). It will be White’s fourth national cross country appearance and first since 2009, when she finished fourth overall for UVa.

Cross Country Teams Finish Third at NCAA Southeast Regional

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The NC State men’s and women’s cross country teams each posted third place finishes Friday afternoon at the 2012 NCAA Southeast Regional at McAlpine Creek Park.

In the men’s 10K race, redshirt junior Andrew Colley cruised to a third place finish in 29:39.68 to pace the Wolfpack, followed by senior Matt Sonnenfeldt who also crossed the finish line under the 30-minute mark with a time of 29:58.54 and freshman Graham Crawford in 16th place, posting a 30:31.24 time. All three runners claimed All-Region honors for their top-25 finishes.

After finishing among the top four runners from non-automatic qualifying teams, Colley punched his ticket as an individual for the NCAA Championships next Saturday, Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky.

Tech men take fourth at Southeast Regional

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Virginia Tech cross country teams competed today at the NCAA Southeast Regional at McAlpine Park in Charlotte, N.C. The men’s team took fourth with 150 points while individual honors went to redshirt seniors Will Mulherin and Michael Hammond who claimed all-region honors for the second year in a row. As a team, the men will await the announcement for at-large bids for the NCAA Championships to see if they will qualify for next weekend’s meet.

“We probably had one of weaker team races of the year, but we had certain people step up and run really well,” Virginia Tech head coach Ben Thomas said of the men’s race. “One of our seniors Brian Welch made a real nice improvement with his time and that helped out because Tommy [Curtin] was having some physical issues today and Brayden [Burleigh] just wasn’t where he thought he would be. The other guys did just enough to get it done so if you can run an off race and still qualify for nationals, that’s something to be pretty proud of. We haven’t had a cross team at nationals in 25 years so you have to be proud of it.”

Farber Leads UNC At NCAA Regional

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Lianne Farber lead the UNC women's cross country team to an overall fifth-place finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional with her individual fifth-place notch in 20:31.63. The men's team finished 11th and was led by Scott Morgan.

"Obviously we're thrilled with Lianne's finish today," said Coach Mark VanAlstyne after the race, "She's worked very hard to get to this point. To bounce back from the adversity of a poor finish at ACCs and qualify for her first finals in cross country I thought was huge. She did her race plan perfectly and has a fifth-place finish and nationals berth to show for it."

Irving, Drogosch Lead Deacs at NCAA Southeast Regional Meet

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -The Wake Forest men's cross country team ranked 9th out of 34 teams, while the women placed out 12th of 35 teams at the NCAA Southeast Regional on Friday afternoon at Charlotte's McAlpine Park.

Despite being hampered by injury, junior Nicole Irving clocked a time of 20:53.13 to finish first for Wake Forest and thirteenth overall. Irving has paced the Deacs all season by placing first for the squad in five consecutive meets.

Freshman Ashley Brubaker was the next Deacon to cross the line at 22:00.44 for 66th place. The Winston-Salem, N.C. native has now placed second for the squad in four consecutive meets.

Marking a personal-best 6k time of the season, freshman Kathleen Darling placed 78th with a mark of 22:11.34. Sophomore Aubrey Waggoner also recorded a personal-best 6k time of 22:13.96 to take 81st place.

Clemson Women 7th, Men 16th at NCAA Southeast Regional Cross Country Championships

CHARLOTTE, NC - Kate Borowicz and Erin Barker earned all-region honors Friday after leading the Clemson women to a seventh-place team finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships in Charlotte, NC. Aaron Ramirez also earned his first all-region honor to lead the Tiger men's team at Charlotte's McAlpine Park.

Duke ran away with the women's title, accumulating 82 points to defeat runner-up William & Mary by a 42-point margin. NC State (147) was third, followed by Kentucky (173), North Carolina (195) and James Madison (225). Clemson tallied 239 points, besting ACC rival Virginia by a 12-point edge.

It marked the third straight top-10 team finish for the Clemson women, who were eighth in 2010 before a fourth-place effort last fall. In addition, Clemson had at least one female all-region runner for the fifth consecutive season - the longest such streak for the program since the 1983-87 era under Head Coach Wayne Coffman.

NCAA South Regional

Men’s Standings: 1. Florida State (27 points); 4. Georgia Tech (212 points); 21. Miami (493 points).

Women’s Standings: 1. Florida State (24 points); 16. Georgia Tech (416 points).

Playground Romp For The Men

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- The Florida State men's cross country team turned the Apalachee Regional Park course into their own personal playground Friday morning, romping to a successful NCAA South Region title defense in dominant fashion.

Junior Jakub Zivec and senior Breandan O Neill led the celebration, saluting the home crowd with tomhawk chops as they crested the final hill, on the way to a 1-2 finish.

An Impressive "Home" Run

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - For several years now, Florida State's dominant women's cross country team was almost mythical in the eyes of the local running community, largely because coach Karen Harveychose not to race her top-tiered runners at home.

Shortly after the sun cleared the tree-tops Friday morning at Apalachee Regional Park, Harvey unleashed her top-ranked Seminoles on the NCAA South Region Championship field of teams. Suffice to say, the locals now know what they have been missing.

Georgia Tech Finishes Fourth and 16th at NCAA South Regionals

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Georgia Tech men’s and women’s cross country teams finished fourth and 16th, respectively, at the 2012 NCAA South Region Championships on Friday morning at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Fla.

The Florida State and Georgia men took the top two slots in the race to secure spots in the 2012 NCAA Championships on Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky. Jakub Zivec of Florida State won the race with a time of 30:23.

The Georgia Tech men finished fourth out of 26 teams with 212 points.

XC Concludes Season at NCAA South Regional

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The University of Miami cross country teams wrapped up their seasons on Friday competing at the NCAA South Regional on the campus of Florida State. The men finished ahead of five teams for a 21st-place finish, while two women ran solid times as individuals.

Running as a team, the men were led in the 10k by senior Greg Kaczka finishing 55th with a time of 32:11.5. He also put up the best time for the Canes at the ACC Championships on Oct. 27. Junior Sean Pezzulo finished his strong season with a mark of 32:45.0 to place in 78th, while sophomore JaCee Jarnigen (107th, 33:14.6), junior Luke Fontaine (127th, 33:43.3), sophomore AJ Ricketts (147th, 34:22.0) and freshman Kevin Marsh (153rd, 34:41.2) also represented Miami.

NCAA Northeast Regional

Men’s Standings: 12. Boston College (408 points).

Women’s Standings: T-4. Boston College (150 points).

No. 27 WXC Ties for Fourth; MXC Finishes 12th at NCAA Northeast Regionals

Madison, Conn. - The No. 27 women's cross country team finished in a fourth place tie with Harvard (150 points) out of 37 teams at Hammonassett State Park in Madison, Connecticut on Friday. The men bettered their 14th place finish from last season with a 12th place finish this year, their best finish at the Regionals since 2006.

Jillian King (20:01.2) and Liv Westphal (20:19.2) continued their stellar seasons with fifth and 13th overall finishes at the event as well as setting personal records for a 6K course. Junior Morgan Mueller placed third on the team and also set a personal record with a time of 20:50.7.

Bridget Dahlberg (21:11.4) and Allison Stasiuk (21:12.2) rounded out the top five for the Eagles as they hope to take one of the 13 at-large bids to be announced no later than Monday night. The 2012 NCAA Championships will take place in Louisville, Kentucky on November 17.

NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional

Women’s Standings: 13. Maryland (419 points).

Yep Continues To Shine For Terps At NCAA Regional

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Junior Becky Yep finished 37th individually to lead the University of Maryland women's cross country team to a 13th place finish at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Friday afternoon hosted by Penn State.

The Ellicott City, Md., native crossed the line in 21:46 to lead the Terps to the line for the third consecutive race.

Sophomore Maryam Fikri came in next for the Terrapins, placing 76th with a season-best time of 22:33. She was followed by junior Bridget Nolan, who came in 90th overall with a time of 22:51.

Senior Anna Roth wrapped up her Maryland cross country career with a fourth-place team finish in 23:02. Sophomore Myah Hicks was right behind Roth, finishing with a time of 23:05.