Colley Named ACC Performer of the Year
Nov. 29, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. - NC State redshirt junior Andrew Colley has been named the ACC Men's Cross Country Performer of the Year as announced Thursday by the league office, and became the first runner to be selected by the conference's head coaches in a majority vote. Ryan Hill won the award last year after his first-place finish at the ACC Championship, giving the Wolfpack men back-to-back Performer of the Year honorees.
"It's awesome to keep an award like that within NC State and keeping the history with our program," Colley said. "It helps with recruiting and getting some of the younger guys motivated."
Colley earned his second straight All-America accolade this season after racing to a 16th place finish with a time of 29:39.5 at the NCAA Championships in Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 17. He was the first runner from the ACC to complete the 10K course. A year ago, Colley finished 15th in the championship meet at Indiana State.
"It was kind of a wait-and-see season for Andrew because the first time we lined him up was at the ACC Championships," said men's head coach Rollie Geiger. "We have to have athletes like Andrew in the program. He's a great student, he's committed to everything he does and he's not only an asset to the program, but an asset to the university."
The Williamsburg, Va., native earned All-ACC honors for the third year in a row with a third place finish in 23:43.6 at the ACC Championships in Blacksburg, Va., on Oct. 27, before notching yet another third overall finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional in Charlotte, N.C., on Nov. 9. Colley was also the first ACC runner to cross the finish line in that race, as well.
"I used to ask my dad and my [prep] coach before each meet: 'Do you believe in me? Do you think I can do this?' and every time, they said yes," Colley commented. "Knowing that Coach Geiger believes in me is one of the main reasons that I have success, and having my teammates believe in me as well."
Florida State's Violah Lagat was named Performer of the Year on the women's side, while the Seminoles' women's coach, Karen Harvey, and Virginia Tech's men's coach, Ben Thomas, were both recognized with ACC Coach of the Year honors.