Fifth-Place Syracuse Men Lead ACC Teams at 2014 NCAA Cross Country Championships



Syracuse men finished in fifth place and Florida State women claimed 12th place to lead ACC teams at the 2014 NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. on Saturday, November 22.


2014 NCAA Cross Country Championships Results

Men's Team Results
5th - Syracuse 206
12th - North Carolina 380
21st - Virginia 502
31st - Florida State 822

Women's Team Results
12th - Florida State 393
15th - Virginia 433
16th - NC State 456
21st - Boston College 514
22nd - North Carolina 515
24th - Syracuse 559
25th - Virginia Tech 574
29th - Notre Dame 609


Orange Races to Historic Finish at NCAA Championships

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Syracuse men's cross country team finished in the top-five at the NCAA Championships for the first time in nearly 60 years on Saturday.

Led by MJ Erb and Martin Hehir finishing in the top-40, the Orange put four runners in the top-40 of a tight race pack on the NCAA Championships Course in Terre Haute, Indiana. The women's team finished in 24th overall, led by junior Margo Malone's 63rd-place finish.

The fifth-place finish is the first top-five finish since the Orange took fourth in 1957.

Colorado earned its second-straight title with 65 points. Syracuse finished with 206 points.

Erb, for the first time this season, was the top 'Cuse finisher completing the 10k course in 30:52.9, which was good for 37th place. Hehir was right on his heels taking 38th (30:54.7).

Malone led the women as she has in each race she competed in this season, finishing the 6k course in 20:58.3.

The women's team racked up 559 points, with Michigan State taking the women's crown.


Florida State’s Quigley Claims Third All-American Honor

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Florida State senior Colleen Quigley became just the third runner in school history to earn All-American honors three times, sealing that distinction Saturday with a 23rd place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Quigley, one of the most decorated Seminoles of all time, battled a deep and talented field at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course to finish the 6,000-meter race in 20:29.9. The performance puts her alongside four-time Seminole All-American Susan Kuijken and three-time honoree Amanda Winslow.

The Florida State women placed 12th in the 31-team field with 393 points; just 11 shy of 10th place. The Seminoles, who placed second at both the ACC and NCAA South Region Championship meets, finished higher than any other conference or regional team by a wide margin. The Seminoles came into the meet ranked 13th nationally.

Seniors Pippa Woolven and Linden Hall followed Quigley through the head-wind to the finish line, placing 68th (21:00.9) and 83rd (21:06.7), respectively. Junior Georgia Peel (148th, 21:31.9) and redshirt freshman Bridget Blake (185th, 21:48.1) rounded out the FSU scorers.

The 28th-ranked men were not as fortunate in their attempt to finish higher than their national ranking.

Junior Zak Seddon was the top finisher for the Florida State men, which placed 31st in the field.


Virginia Women Earn 15th Place Finish at NCAA Cross Country Championships

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Virginia women's cross country team concluded the season by finishing 15th at the 2014 NCAA Cross Country Championships Saturday at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course. It was the team's third top-15 finish in the past six years.

The Cavaliers scored 433 points, the highest finisher from the NCAA Southeast Region and the second-highest ACC squad, behind Florida State (12th place).

Graduate student Morgan Kelly (San Francisco, Calif.) was one place away from earning All-American honors, crossing in 41st place in a time of 20:46.5. Fellow graduate students Iona Lake (Norwich, England) and Kathleen Stevens (Blacksburg, Va.) followed in 102nd place and 109th place, respectively. Junior Cleo Boyd (Kingston, Ontario) was 144th and sophomore Sara Sargent (Philadelphia, Pa.) rounded out the Virginia scoring five in 168th place.


Virginia Men Place 21st at NCAA Championships

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Virginia men's cross country team finished 21st at the 2014 NCAA Cross Championships Saturday at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course.

Virginia, the NCAA Southeast Regional champions, scored 502 points to finish 21st. Colorado won its second consecutive team championship with 65 points.

Three Cavaliers earned top-100 individual finishes to lead the squad. Junior Zach Herriott (Kansas City, Mo.) crossed in 81st place, followed by sophomore Connor Rog (Fairfield, Conn.) in 84th place and junior Kyle King (Yorktown, Va.) in 88th place. Sophomore Thomas Madden (Front Royal, Va.) was 164th and first-year Chase Weaverling (Darnestown, Md.) was 174th to round out the scoring five for Virginia.


Tar Heels End Historic Season at NCAA Championships

TERRE HAUTE, IND. – The University of North Carolina cross country teams ended their season today at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. The men’s team finished in 12th with 380 points while the women’s team took 22nd with 515 points. This is the second-highest finish for the men’s team in program history, only behind the fifth-place finish of the 1985 team.

Ryan Walling led the men’s team placing 48th overall in 31:04.1. Walling moved up eight spots in the last 2,000 meters. Stephen Mulherin and John Raneri took 85th and 87th respectively. Mulherin finished at 31:26.7 with Raneri not far behind at 31:27.6. Raneri was able to move up 74 spots after the first 3,000 meters. Pat Schellberg was the fourth Tar Heel finisher as he wound up taking 106th at 31:35.6. Schellberg was able to improve his position in the last 5,000 meters by six spots. Mark Derrick takes the last scoring spot for the Tar Heels at 130th. Derrick finished in 31:49.7 moving up 14 spots in the last 2,000 meters.

Annie LeHardy led the charge for the women’s team, taking 49th overall at 20:52.5. Lizzy Whelan and Karley Rempel finish as a pair going 150th and 151st respectively. Whelan timed in at 21:34.1 and Rempel at 21:34.8. True freshman Hannah Christen took 158th overall at 21:37.0 and moved up 14 spots in the last 3,000 meters. Lianne Farber rounds out the scoring Tar Heels at 163rd, timing in at 21:39.2.


NC State Women Finish 16th at NCAA Championships

TERRE HAUTE, Ind.- The NC State women's cross country team finished 16th of 31 teams with 456 points at the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday, hosted by Indiana State in Terre Haute, Ind.

Senior Joanna Thompson capped off her cross country career with a 32nd place showing at her final championship to earn her second cross country All-American mention and the third accolade of her collegiate career.

Erika Kemp and Megan Moye rounded out the top three for the Pack women, as Kemp ran a time of 21:05.3 and Moye finished with a time of 21:26.7.

Sam Parsons represented the Wolfpack as an individual competitor in the men's division, running a time of 31:12.3 to finish 63rd of 246 runners in the overall standings.


Boston College’s Westphal Earns All-American at NCAA Championships

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Boston College women’s cross country competed in its 18th NCAA D1 Cross Country Championships Saturday afternoon in Terre Haute, Ind. Senior Liv Westphal was the first Eagle to cross the finish line, completing the 6k LaVern Gibson Course in 20:37.4. Westphal's finish time was good for 30th place overall in a field of 255 runners.

With her 20:37.4 finish, Westphal earned All-American honors for the second consecutive year. In last year's championship meet, Westphal placed 17th at 20:30.

This was the rest of the Eagle runners' first ever NCAA Championship appearance. Junior Danielle Winslow(85th, 65 team points) finished second for Boston College, clocking 21:06.9.


Hokies Finish 25th at NCAA Championships

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Against the nation’s elite, the Virginia Tech women’s cross country team posted a 25th-place finish at the 2014 NCAA DI Cross Country Championships to close out an impressive season.

Competing at nationals for just the second time in school history, the Hokies used a top-100 finish from senior Paige Kvartunas to push them into the 25th spot in a field of 31 of the nation’s best teams, a total of 255 individual runners. Kvartunas crossed the line at 88th with a time of 21:08.1, just 24 seconds away from receiving All-America honors.

Senior Sarah Rapp, competing in the final cross country race of her career, finished in the top half of the field in 112th place with a time of 21:16.5. Senior Hilary Krein finished in 131st with a time of 21:25.9.

Sophomore Shannon Morton was the next to cross the line with a time of 21:42.8, good for a 172nd-place finish. Senior Katarina Smiljanec posted a 227th place finish with a time of 22:20.7.

Sophomore Hanna Green crossed the finish line in 235th place with a time of 22:40.4 while senior Amanda Smith closed out the Hokie scoring with a time of 23:28.4 for a 251st-place finish. Tech finished with 574 points.


Irish Women Finish 29th at NCAA Championships, Add All-American To Ranks

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame women’s cross country team added another All-American to its ranks Saturday at the NCAA Championships at the LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course.

Though Notre Dame was the final team to qualify for the one of the 31 team spots in the national field, the Irish finished 29th (609 points) and welcomed their first All-American since 2009. Junior Molly Seidel finished 19th overall, crossing the finish line in 20:23.4 to earn the distinction, becoming the ninth different Irish woman to do so. Her performance was an improvement of over one minute and 152 places from her showing at the race last season.

Notably, Seidel was the top individual finisher from the Atlantic Coast Conference. She finished in fifth place at the ACC Championships on October 31.

Junior Michael Clevenger competed individually to represent the Irish men’s team, finishing 92nd in a time of 31:29.9. Colorado won the team title, while Oregon  (sixth place) boasted the top two finishers in Edward Cheserek (30:19.4) and Eric Jenkins (30:23.2).