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Oct. 28, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference kicks off the 2010 Fall Championship schedule on Saturday, October 30, with the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships held at the Franklin Park Cross Country Course in Boston, Mass.
The women’s 6k race will start at 10:00 a.m., followed by men’s 8k competition at 11:00 am.
The women’s race will feature six schools ranked in the top 30 of the USTFCCCA poll. Florida State enters the championship as the highest ranked ACC team at No. 3 nationally. The Seminoles are followed by Duke 12th, North Carolina 17th, Virginia 24th, Boston College 25th and NC State 28th. The ACC leads all conferences with six teams ranked in the top 30. The Big Ten, Big 12, and Pac-10 each have five in the top 30, followed by the Big East’s four.
In the men’s rankings, the ACC and the Big East each have five teams in the top 30 to lead all conferences. The Big 12 is next with four, followed by the SEC, Big Ten and Pac-10 with three apiece. Florida State enters the championship as the highest ranked ACC team at No. 8 nationally, while Duke is 14th, NC State 16th, Virginia 19th and North Carolina 25th.
At last year’s conference’s championship meet in Cary, N.C., Florida State captured its third-straight ACC women’s title while NC State won the men’s championship for the 11th time in the last 15 years and 14th time overall.
Florida State’s Susan Kuijken, whose time of 19:39.3 in the women’s 6k race out-distanced Virginia’s Catherine White by 16.6 seconds, captured her third-straight ACC individual title and keyed a dominating performance that saw the Seminoles place three runners among the top 10 and five among the top 15.
Florida State’s Pilar McShine posted a third-place time of 20:06.4. Virginia’s Morgane Gay (20:06.6) and Duke’s Carly Seymour (20:14.8) completed the top five.
Florida State’s 37-point performance outdistanced second-place Duke (71) and third-place Virginia (84).
In the men’s competition, Virginia’s Emil Heineking became the second-straight Cavalier to claim the men’s title, posting a first-place time of 23:15.5 on the 8k WakeMed Course. Three NC State runners posted top-10 finishes as the Wolfpack claimed the men’s title.
Heineking delivered a strong kick at the finish to place ahead of teammate Ryan Collins (23:17.8) and NC State’s John Martinez (23:23.6). The Wolfpack’s Ryan Hill (23:26.6) and Matt Leeder (23:33.7) of Florida State rounded out the top five.
NC State tallied 56 team points to finish ahead of the second-place Cavaliers (71). Florida State was third with 72 points, edging out Duke, which was fourth with 74 points.