Eight ACC Teams Set to Compete in NCAA Cross Country Championship Saturday

Nov. 13, 2012

The Atlantic Coast Conference will be well represented at this weekend’s NCAA Cross Country Championships, with five men’s teams and three women’s teams participating. The championships are set for Saturday, Nov. 17, in Louisville, Ky.

Florida State and Virginia earned automatic berths to the men’s championship after capturing their respective regionals, while Duke, NC State and Virginia Tech received at-large bids. The Seminoles, led by individual champion Jakub Zivec, captured the South Regional title by 21 points over runner-up Georgia, while the Cavaliers placed all five runners in the top 20 to out-distance Eastern Kentucky by 11 points en route to the Southeast Regional title.

Florida State and Duke secured automatic berths to the women’s championship after claiming regional titles, while Boston College received an at-large bid. The top-ranked Seminoles, led by individual champion Violah Lagat, won the South Regional by an 88-point margin over second place Vanderbilt, while the 10th-ranked Blue Devils, behind a second place finish by Juliet Bottorff, earned the South Regional title by a 42-point margin over William & Mary.

Virginia’s Catherine White and North Carolina’s Lianne Farber qualified automatically as individuals based on their regional finishes. White finished fourth overall in the Southeast Regional while Farber was fifth.

The NCAA Championships are scheduled for Noon ET on Nov. 17, beginning with the women’s 6,000-meter race, followed by the 10,000-meter men’s race at approximately 1:15 p.m. ET.

NCAA Cross Country Championships
Saturday, November 17, 2012 E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park, Louisville, Ky.
Women’s 6K Race: 12 p.m. ET Men’s 10K Race: 1:15 p.m. ET

Official Meet Web Site: http://www.gocards.com/sports/m-xc/spec-rel/lou-meet-central.html
Course Maps: http://www.gocards.com/sports/m-xc/spec-rel/lou-meet-maps.html

Participating ACC Teams Men: Florida State (automatic), Virginia (automatic), Duke (at-large), NC State (at-large), Virginia Tech (at-large) Women: Florida State (automatic), Duke (automatic), Boston College (at large)

ACC Notes

* The ACC has won two NCAA Women’s Cross Country Championships with Virginia winning back-to-back titles in 1981 and 1982.

* The ACC has claimed six NCAA Cross Country individual titles: Betty Jo Springs, NC State (1981 & 1983); Lesley Welch, Virginia (1982); Suzie Tuffey, NC State (1985) and Shalane Flanagan, North Carolina (2002 & 2003).

* Boston College will be making its 17th appearance at the Women’s NCAA Cross Country Championship while Duke is making its 11th, Florida State its 10th.

* NC State will be making its 25th appearance at the Men’s NCAA Cross Country Championship. Duke is making its 12th appearance, Florida State and Virginia (11 each) and Virginia Tech its fifth.

* North Carolina’s Jack Milne captured the individual title back in 1947 for the only men’s individual title won by a current ACC school.