Florida State's Karen Harvey and Virginia Tech's Ben Thomas Earn Coach of the Year Honors

Nov. 29, 2012

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Florida State’s Karen Harvey was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year after leading the Seminoles to their fifth consecutive ACC title and Virginia Tech’s Ben Thomas, who directed the Hokies to their first-ever ACC title, was selected the conference’s Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year.

In earning the award for the sixth-straight year, Harvey guided the Seminoles to the women’s ACC title as they totaled 35 points, out-distancing runner-up Duke by 32 points. All five Florida State runners placed in the top 14, including senior Violah Lagat, who became the first Seminole in three years to claim the league’s individual title.

At the NCAA Championships in Louisville, Ky., Harvey’s Seminoles placed three runners in the top 17, totaling 202 points and finishing fourth behind team champion Oregon (114), Providence (183) and Stanford (198). Under Harvey, Florida State has finished in the top four at the NCAA Championships in each of the past six years.

In earning ACC Coach of the Year honors for the first time in his tenure at Virginia Tech, Thomas directed the Hokies to their first-ever ACC men’s title this past October. Keyed by Will Mulherin’s individual championship, Tech placed three runners in the top seven, and five in the top 22, edging in-state rival Virginia by six points (55-to-61) for the team championship.

Qualifying for the NCAA Championships for the first time since 1987, the Hokies finished in 22nd place after only five of its seven runners were able to complete the 10k race. The 22nd place finish marked the third-best result in the five years that Virginia Tech has been to nationals.