Virginia Men, Florida State Women Claim Titles at ACC Cross Country Championship
Oct. 27, 2007
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia men and Florida State women won the team crowns today at the Atlantic Coast Conference Cross Country Championship at Panorama Farms in Charlottesville, Va. Wolfpack senior Chris Kollar finished in first place on the men's side, while Florida State sophomore Susan Kuijken took top honors in the women's race.
On the women's side, the Seminoles, headed by coach Bob Bramen, won their first-ever team title, finishing with 64 points. NC State, last year's winner, came in second with 102 points and Boston College finished third with 106 points. North Carolina and Virginia Tech finished fourth and fifth, respectively, recording team scores of 118 and 121. In sixth through 12th were Duke (123), Wake Forest (127), Virginia (160), Maryland (236), Clemson (257), Georgia Tech (277) and Miami (390).
Getting started at 10 a.m., the men opened competition with an 8K race that was hotly contested throughout. After jumping to the front of the pack around the 5K mark, NC State's Kollar widened his lead to the finish, crossing the line with a time of 24:02.1. Virginia's Andy Biladeau finished in second-place, just six seconds behind, followed by teammates Ryan Foster and Emil Heineking. In all, four Cavalier runners and six NC State runners would finish in the top 14, earning ACC All-Conference honors for the 2007 season. As the race's top freshman finisher, Virginia's Heineking was named the league's Freshman of the Year.