Cozzarelli Nabs Third Straight All-ACC Honor in 10,000 Meters
April 18, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. – In her final ACC Championship meet, redshirt senior Andie Cozzarelli ran to a second-place finish in the women’s 10,000-meter race to earn her third-straight All-ACC accolade in the event, Thursday evening at the Paul Derr Track.
After the first day of competition, the women’s team stands in first place with 28 points, while the men’s team sits sixth with four.
"I was really trying to win, but it was amazing to earn All-ACC in a race like that," Cozzarelli said. "It's definitely not the easiest event to run, but I had to go through my mental process and hang in there. People ask me how I can run a 10K and I just tell them I have to be tough."
Running on her home track in what might have been her final race as a collegiate runner, Cozzarelli remained at the front of the pack for the entirety of the 10K race, before crossing the finish line with a time of 34:15.47.
Sophomore Joanna Thompson also held her own at the front of the field for the duration of the event, finishing fourth with a 34:26.53 clocking.
Redshirt freshman SeQuoia Watkins earned her first-career All-ACC honor with a second-place finish in the women’s discus. Watkins’ 172’ 9.00” (52.65m) toss was also a personal-best, and topped her 166’ 11.00” (50.88m) heave at the Duke Invitational less than two weeks ago.
Redshirt sophomore Tremanisha Taylor turned in a fourth-place finish in the event with a season-best 168’ 1.00” (51.24m) mark, while redshirt freshman Nicole Chavis grabbed seventh place at 154’ 5.00” (47.08m).
The Wolfpack also earned several qualifying times in the men’s and women’s 1,500-meter preliminary races. Redshirt freshman Graham Crawford won the third heat in the men’s event with a last-lap comeback to cross the finish line with a personal-best time of 3:52.81, while redshirt sophomore John Wolfe earned a bid with a 3:47.60 clocking.
For the women’s team, freshman Samantha George recorded the 10th-fastest time in the women's women’s 1,500-meter prelims with a 4:25.29 mark to earn a place in Saturday’s final.
Day two of the ACC Championships will begin with the men’s javelin at 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 19.
Men’s Team Standings