Cross Country Set for ACC Championships on Friday
Oct. 31, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State men's and women's cross country teams will compete in the ACC Championships, hosted by Wake Forest, on Friday, Nov. 1 at the Beeson Park Course in Kernersville, N.C. The men's 8k race will start at 10 a.m., followed by the women's 6k competition at 11 a.m.
In last year's event, both the Wolfpack men's and women's teams finished fourth while earning a combined six All-ACC selections. Andrew Colley, Matt Sonnenfeldt and Graham Crawford each received All-ACC honors, with Colley receiving the accolade for the third consecutive year. On the women's side, Joanna Thompson, Samantha Norman and Samantha George earned All-ACC honors, while Thompson received the award for the second straight year.
"We start with the goal of winning the ACC Championship, qualifying for Nationals and finishing in the top-20," said Wolfpack men's head coach Rollie Geiger. "I think we're in a position to be competing for a championship. We're good up front with Andrew [Colley] and Graham [Crawford]; both were all-conference last year. We start with that. And what we have to have, is a group who is not far back from those two. If we run well up front and group well off of that, we'll have an opportunity."
Colley is coming off a third-place finish in State's most recent race, the Wisconsin Invitational. His time of 23:16 was the second-fastest of his career on an 8k course and the sixth-fastest ever at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course. He also finished fourth at the Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 28, averaging a brisk pace of 4:56 per mile in his overall time of 24:29.
Crawford is coming off a 79th-place finish at the Wisconsin Invitational, second-highest among Wolfpack runners. Crawford also finished fourth overall in the season-opening Wolfpack Invitational while true freshman Jacob Thomsen, running unattached, finished second overall in the same race.
On the women's side, Joanna Thompson paced the Pack with a 17th-place finish at the Wisconsin Invitational, tallying a time of 20:08 in the 6k event. Earlier in the year, Thompson placed second in the Wolfpack Invitational, and 10th in the Roy Griak Invitational.
She heads a group of Wolfpack runners looking to bring State its 22nd ACC Championship in women's cross country.
"The ACC Championships are a focal point for our team, it always has been," women's head coach Laurie Henes said. "We've got people ready to go and they're really excited and looking forward to competing."