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Nov. 29, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Florida State’s Violah Lagat was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Cross Country Performer of the Year and NC State’s Andrew Colley was selected the conference’s Men Performer of the Year.
Punctuating her final season of eligibility with a brilliant 2012 cross country campaign, Lagat led the Seminoles to a five-week run at No. 1 in the USTFCCCA national rankings and a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championship. The Kipsirwo, Kenya native earned All-America honors with an 11th-place individual finish - tops among Florida State runners - at the NCAA Championship on the strength of a career-best 6k time of 19:52.7.
Lagat came into the meet off consecutive victories, capturing the NCAA South Region title on her home course after claiming her first ACC Championship at Virginia Tech. She was among the top four finishers in each of the first three meets of the year: Virginia Tech Invitational (2nd), Notre Dame Invitational (3rd) and Pre-Nationals (4th) as the Seminoles were undefeated throughout the season.
Colley turned in outstanding post season performance for Rollie Geiger’s Wolfpack. Making his 2012 debut at the ACC Championships in Blacksburg, Va., Colley finished third overall, leading NC State to a fourth-place team finish. Two weeks later at the Southeast Regional in Charlotte, Colley once again placed third overall as the Pack finished third in a 34-team field.
At the NCAA Championships, Colley again paced all Wolfpack runners leading NC State to a 26th-place finish. The Williamsburg, Va. junior earned All-America honors for the second-straight year with a 16th-place finish with a time of 29:39.5 in the 10k race. A year ago, Colley finished 15th in the championship meet at Indiana State.