2008 ACC Men's and Women's Cross Country Championship Preview
Oct. 28, 2008
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference kicks off the 2008 Fall Championship schedule on Saturday, November 1 with the Men's and Women's Cross Country Championship held at the UNC Ranson-Hamrick Cross Country Course at the University of North Carolina.
The women's 6K race will start at 10:00 a.m., followed by men's 8K race at 11:00 am.
A year ago in Charlottesville, Florida State, behind individual champion Susan Kuijken, totaled 64 points en route to capturing the Seminoles' first ever league crown. Defending ACC Champion NC State was second with 102 points. Kuijken, who led five Florida State runners in the top 25, finished the 6K course in 20:23.5.
On the men's side, Virginia claimed its second ACC title in three years and third overall, out-distancing defending champion NC State by seven points. The Wolfpack's Chris Kollar won individual honors with a 24:02.1 showing in the 8K race.
The women's competition will feature three teams that are currently ranked in the top 30 of the USTFCCCA poll. Florida State enters the championship as the highest ranked ACC team at No. 3 nationally, while Wake Forest is 25th and Duke 30th. The Seminoles are coming off a first-place tie in the White Division of the NCAA Pre-National Meet two weeks ago. The Demon Deacons and the Blue Devils placed third and fourth, respectively in the 28-team Penn State Invitational two weeks ago.
Led by Kuijken and North Carolina's Brie Felnagle, eight All-ACC honorees from last year return to compete in Chapel Hill this year. A year ago, Felnagle finished third in the 6K race with a time of 20:52.5 while Virginia Tech's Tasmin Fanning was fourth at 20:57.7.
The men's race will also feature three schools ranked in the top 30 of the USTFCCCA poll. Virginia enters the championship as the highest ranked ACC team at No. 14 nationally. The Cavaliers are coming off a sixth-place finish in the White Division at the NCAA Pre-National Meet. The Cavaliers are followed by Florida State 15th and NC State 29th. The Seminoles and the Wolfpack placed fourth and 10th, respectively, in the Blue Division competition at the NCAA Pre-National Meet.
Led by Virginia's Andy Biladeau, Ryan Foster and Emil Heineking, seven All-ACC honorees from last year return to compete this year. A year ago, Biladeau, Foster and Heineking, finished 2-3-4, with Biladeau posting a time of 24:08.3 in the 8K race - 6.2 seconds behind individual champion Chris Kollar of NC State.