The Blue Devils women’s cross country team ranked fourth in the ACC preseason poll released Thursday. Florida State received all but two of the first-place votes to garner the top spot in the preseason poll.
Joining Florida State and Duke in the top five are No. 2 Virginia, No. 3 Syracuse and No. 5 North Carolina. Notre Dame ranked just outside the preseason top five, while No. 7 N.C. State, No. 8 Virginia Tech, No. 9 Boston College, No. 10 Wake Forest, No. 11 Louisville, No. 12 Clemson, No. 13 Georgia Tech, No. 14 Pittsburgh and No. 15 Miami round out the early-season rankings.
Men’s Cross Country
Duke: The Blue Devils will start the year ranked tied for eighth in the ACC with newcomer Louisville, as announced by the conference office.
Syracuse, the defending ACC champions, garnered the top position in the conference preseason poll.
In addition to Syracuse, No. 2 Virginia, No. 3 North Carolina, No. 4 Florida State and No. 5 N.C. State make up the top five conference teams, with No. 6 Virginia Tech, No. 7 Notre Dame, No. 10 Wake Forest, No. 11 Georgia Tech, No. 12 Clemson, No. 13 Pittsburgh, No. 14 Boston College and No. 15 Miami rounding out the ranked conference teams.
East Carolina: Matt Ater has returned to East Carolina as director of athletic equipment, according to an announcement by the ECU Athletics Department on Wednesday.
Prior to serving as equipment manager at the University of Oregon, a position he held for the last two years, Ater was the Pirates’ assistant athletic equipment manager from 2008 to 2012.
East Carolina: Coach Julie Torbett and her staff held open tryouts earlier this month at Minges Coliseum and as a result added freshman defensive specialist Megan Williams to the 2014 roster. Williams will join the Pirates from Durham School of the Arts where she played three years of varsity volleyball.