KERNERSVILLE — The 2013 ACC Men’s Cross Country Championships finished with a mix of new and old on Friday morning at Beeson Park.
In its first ACC championship, Syracuse took home the team title, while N.C. State’s Andrew Colley won the individual title to give the Wolfpack two winners in the past three years.
Syracuse scored 64 team points to out-distance second-place North Carolina, which finished with 84 points.
Colley ran away with the individual title, finishing the 8k course in 23 minutes, 37.9 seconds, which was nearly 25 seconds ahead of second-place finisher junior Thomas Curtin of Virginia Tech, who finished in 24:02.2. Syracuse sophomore Martin Hehir paced the team champions with a time of 24:05.5 for third place.
“After finishing third last year, this feels great,” Colley said. “I can't even describe the feeling. It's even better because I did it in front of my family – my mom, dad, sister and grandparents were here to see it.”
Colley, a senior, is the second Wolfpack runner to win the individual title in the past three seasons, joining Ryan Hill who won the 2011 meet held at Clemson.
“It was a nice race for me because I was able wait to make my move, and then, I was able to extend my lead,” Colley said. “It was really windy this morning, so I knew I wanted to take as little wind as I could. I stayed in the pack for the first 3.5 to 4K. Right around 4K, I was able to make my move and lock it down from there. It was nice to soak it in for the last bit as a senior.”
Notre Dame finished third as a team with 105 points in its first ACC championship. Virginia followed in fourth with 108 points, while defending ACC champion Virginia Tech placed fifth with 120 points.
• In her final conference championship appearance, Duke graduate student Juliet Bottorff captured the ACC individual title. Bottorff is Duke’s third ACC individual cross country champion and the first Blue Devil to accomplish the feat since Shannon Rowbury in 2005.
Bottorff led the Blue Devils to a fifth-place team finish, scoring 130 points. Florida State earned the team title, finishing with 52 points, followed by Virginia (65), Syracuse (108) and Notre Dame (124). Duke averaged 21:12.42 over the 6,000-meter course in Beeson Park.
North Carolina: The North Carolina and Louisville swimming and diving teams are locked in a close battle after the opening day of a two-day dual meet at Koury Natatorium.
After the opening day of competition, the 17th-ranked North Carolina men have a razor-thin two-point lead over the Louisville men, the nation’s 13th-ranked team, 83-81. On the women’s side, the ninth-ranked Tar Heel women have opened up a 100-67 lead over the 12th-ranked Louisville women. Eighteen events were completed on Friday with another 18 events scheduled for Saturday.
The UNC men won four of nine events on Friday. Redshirt sophomore Dominick Glavich captured first place in the 200-yard individual medley and the 200-yard butterfly, leading a 1-2-3 Carolina finish the latter event. Senior J.T. Stilley captured the 500-yard freestyle and junior Ryan Fox took top honors in one-meter diving.
The North Carolina women won five events on the first day, including a victory by the 400-yard medley relay team of Carly Smith, Katie Rechsteiner, Sarah Koucheki and Ally Hardesty. Stephanie Peacock won the 500-yard freestyle in a season best time of 4:42.12 and senior Katie Rechsteiner and sophomore Annie Harrison won the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard backstroke, respectively. Carolina also triumphed in women’s three-meter diving as Emily Schmidt and Erin Purdy led a 1-2 finish for the Tar Heels.
N.C. State: The N.C. State women’s swimming and diving team is ranked 23rd in the first College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) poll of the season.
The rankings are released biweekly throughout the season and are voted on by nine CSCAA-member coaches and one media member.
Overall, four teams from the ACC are listed in the rankings, including North Carolina (No. 9), Virginia (No. 18), N.C. State (No. 23) and Florida State (No. 24).
The women’s squad is off to a strong start this season, recording a 2-1 ledger through the first three dual meets of the season. Freshman Alexia Zevnik has recorded two NCAA ‘B’ cuts in the early portion of the season in the 100 backstroke, while earning a third ‘B’ cut in the 200 back. A native of Lasalle, Canada, Zevnik’s top time of 54.81 in the 100 back ranks 16th in the country, while her time of1:58.77 in the 200 back ranks 13th.
The men’s squad is listed 24th in the first poll of the campaign by the CSCAA.
Four ACC schools are listed in the men’s poll, including Florida State (No. 10), Virginia Tech (No. 14), North Carolina (No. 17) and NC State (No. 24).
Duke: Duke collected two first-round victories in doubles on a rain-shortened day of competition at the Winthrop Invitational.
Freshman TJ Pura and sophomore Josh Levine teamed up for a first-round doubles victory, topping Kennesaw State’s Tobi Menhofer and David Durham, 8-4. The Blue Devils duo will now face Rob Galloway and Haris Poric of Wofford in Saturday’s second round at 8:30 a.m.
Following a trip to the doubles round of 16 at the ITA Carolina Regional two weeks ago, redshirt junior Cale Hammond and sophomore Daniel McCall also notched a first-round victory Friday. The Blue Devil tandem downed Appalachian State’s Sebastien King and Zach Bost by an 8-2 score to set up a meeting with Conner Huertas Del Pino and Sebastian Yllera of East Tennessee State Saturday morning. Hammond and McCall also moved to 4-4 on the fall with the win.
Saturday’s slate in Rock Hill includes two rounds of doubles play followed by singles action.