NC State Sweeps Titles at ACC Cross Country Championship
Oct. 28, 2006
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - NC State captured both the men's and women's ACC Cross Country Championship on a beautiful Saturday morning at Panorama Farms in Charlottesville, Va. The Wolfpack's Julia Lucas claimed the women's individual title, while Clemson's Itay Magidi was the top finisher on the men's side.
The Wolfpack, under the direction of Laurie Henes, won their 20th outright league title in the 29 years of running the women's competition. Duke finished in second place with 88 points, followed in third place by Virginia with 104 points. The Florida State Seminoles tallied 118 points to finish in fourth, while Virginia Tech registered 123 points to place fifth. Finishing sixth through 12th were North Carolina (138), Boston College (150), Wake Forest (166), Georgia Tech (194), Maryland (217), Clemson (343) and Miami (384).
On the men's side, NC State claimed its 14th league championship under the tutelage of head coach Rollie Geiger. The Wolfpack tallied 31 total points to win the ACC title. Florida State finished second with 79 points, while Virginia accumulated 87 points to place third. Duke and Clemson finished in fourth and fifth place, respectively registering 124 and 132 points. Finishing sixth through 12th were Virginia Tech (145), Boston College (196), North Carolina (213), Wake Forest (217), Maryland (261), Georgia Tech (315) and Miami (348).
The tournament got underway with the women's 6K race as four members of the Wolfpack squad finished in the top 13 earning All-ACC accolades. Senior Julia Lucas led the way finishing the race in a time of 20:42.1. Lucas became the tenth NC State runner to capture the individual title and the first since Christy Nichols won the event back in 1999 in Chapel Hill, N.C. A group of runners broke away from the pack early as NC State freshman Bona Jones led the group into the second mile. Lucas emerged as the race leader at the third mile marker, a lead she would not relinquish, on her way to crossing the finish line in first. Wake Forest senior Michelle Sikes placed second in a time of 20:57.1, while Emily McCabe of Duke finished in third (21:09.3). Jones finished in fourth in a time of 21:12.7 and was named ACC Freshman of the Year as she was the race's top freshman finisher on the women's side.
NC State claimed the men's championship winning the league title for the tenth time in the last 12 years. The top five runners for the Wolfpack all earned All-ACC honors finishing in the top nine of the 8K course. Junior Wesley Smith led the charge placing fourth in a time of 24:03.3. He was followed by a slew of Wolfpack runners which finished fifth, sixth, seventh and ninth. Clemson's Itay Magidi won the men's title crossing the finish line first in a time of 23:52.5. Two-time defending champion, Andrew Lemoncello of Florida State placed second (24:00.3), while Virginia senior Jan Foerster finished third in a time of 24:01.0. Magidi kept pace with the lead group during the early stages of the race and took the lead for good as the runners crossed the third mile marker. Magidi became the 11th Clemson Tiger runner to win the individual title and the first since 1994 when Kevin Hogan won the championship in Atlanta, Ga. Virginia Tech's Devin Cornwall was crowned ACC Freshman of the Year as he was the men's top freshman finisher placing 27th in a time of 25:31.6.
Final Women's Standings
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Final Men's Standings 1) NC State 31
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