NCAA Cross Country ACCtion: Monday, November 21

Nov. 21, 2011

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The same hazy, cool and damp conditions that were ideal for running at Monday's NCAA Cross Country Championships in many ways painted the mood of the Florida State women's team. Karen Harvey's Seminoles came into the meet ranked No. 1 in the nation; a serious contender for the team title after back-to-back runner-up finishes behind two-time defending champion Villanova.

Though Hannah Brooks and Amanda Winslow captured All-American honors, finishing 28th and 34th, the Seminoles were saddled with a fifth consecutive podium finish as a consolation prize. Florida State finished fourth with 189 points, just 27 behind 2011 champion Georgetown (162). Washington (170) and Villanova (181) were second and third.

Bob Braman's men also received a pair of All-American performances and finished 12th overall; the third-best finish in 10 NCAA Championship appearances by the Seminoles. David Forrester posted a 16th-place finish - the best by a Seminole since Ken Misner was 13th in 1969 - and Mike Fout was 32nd in his final collegiate cross country race.

Men's Cross Country Finishes 10th at NCAA Championships

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Ryan Hill and Andrew Colley earned All-America honors Monday to lead NC State to 10th place at the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Hill, a senior who capped his NC State cross country career as a three-time All-American, finished 12th, running the 10k Gibson Championship Course in a time of 29:37.1. Colley, a redshirt-sophomore, was right behind in 15th place, at 29:40.0.

NC State finished 23rd in the women's championship race. Senior Andie Cozzarelli led the Wolfpack with a 63rd-place finish. She ran the 6k course in 20:44.2. Sophomore Laura Hoer, a 2010 All-American, finished 71st at 20:48.7, and freshman Joanna Thompson was 77th at 20:51.6.

Amirault, Gay Earn All-America Honors at NCAA Championships

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Seniors Mark Amirault (Walpole, Mass.) and Morgane Gay (Bethesda, Md.) earned All-America honors Monday afternoon at the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships. The Virginia women's team improved one position from last year's championships, finishing 20th with 466 points at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course located at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center.

Gay led the Cavaliers across the line, finishing in 22nd place overall in a 6K time of 20:12.7. Gay became the third Cavalier to compete at the national meet four times. Senior Anna Corrigan (Burke, Va.) was next for the `Hoos, placing 87th overall in 20:55.0.

In the men's race, Amirault finished 27th in a 10K time of 29:56.8, the highest finish for a Cavalier since Emil Heineking placed 26th in 2008. Amirault placed 52nd at last year's championships for Princeton.

Boston College Places 12th at NCAA Championships

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Morgan Represents Duke at NCAA Championships

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Duke junior Madeline Morgan turned in an 89th-place performance among the nation's best cross country runners Monday afternoon at the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships, hosted by Indiana State in Terre Haute, Ind.

Morgan clocked 20:55.7 in the 6K women's race at the Lavern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course. She weathered cool and rainy conditions at race time, coming out strong to post a 10:08 split at the 3K mark.

Schaaf Repeats as All-American at Cross Country NCAAs

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Senior Kendra Schaaf earned All-America honors for the second straight year for Carolina at the NCAA Cross Country Championships Monday at Indiana State University. Sophomore Jake Hurysz also competed for UNC, taking 62nd in his first appearance at the national meet.

Schaaf finished 15th in a field of 254 women, running the 6k race in 20:00.4. That finish gives Schaaf her second All-America honor in cross country at UNC, as the distinction goes to the top 40 women. She won the ACC Championships in October as well as the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships just 10 days ago.

Mulherin Earns All-America Honors at NCAA Championship Meet

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Virginia Tech redshirt junior Will Mulherin (Yorktown, Va.) finished 30th overall to earn All-America honors at the NCAA Division I National Championship Meet hosted by Indiana State today on the LaVerne Gibson Championship Cross Country Course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center.

Mulherin covered the 10 kilometer course in a career-best time of 29:58.1 to finish 30th out of the field of 252 total runners. Today's NCAA Championship wraps up an outstanding cross country season for Mulherin as he became Virginia Tech's ninth overall All-American and fifth male All-American in cross country. In addition, he became the first male to earn All-America in cross country since Brian Walter in 1989, who was also 30th. It also marks Mulherin's second career collegiate All-America honor as he was fifth in the outdoor 5,000-meter run in track in 2010.