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Nov. 7, 2005

Virginia head cross country coach Jason Dunn, who led the Cavaliers to the 2005 ACC Championship and a #17 national ranking, has been tabbed the ACC Coach of the Year by a vote of the league’s head coaches. The honor is Dunn’s first and the first for a Virginia cross country coach since 1985.

The Cavaliers won the 2005 ACC title with a 30-38 victory over second-place and #18 Florida State. It was their fourth consecutive appearance on the medal stand after three third-place finishes. Six men earned all earned All-Conference, including Andy Biladeau, who was named Virginia’s first-ever ACC Cross Country Freshman of the Year. The top five runners for the Cavaliers crossed the finish line in a ten-second span, and all eight runners finished within a minute of each other.

“It is gratifying to see our men’s team win the ACC Championship,” said Director of Track and Field Randy Bungard. “They have finished third the last three years and have just continued to put in the work and believe in themselves. Coach Dunn has done a great job of keeping them focused and getting their bodies and their minds on the same page. A major goal of ours has been to make the men a major player on the ACC and NCAA level. I think the ACC Championship and the recognition of coach Dunn as one of the top cross country coaches in the country is a major step to our goals. He works extremely hard and deserves this honor.”

Virginia continues its season with competition in the NCAA Southeast Regional on Sat., Nov. 12. The 10K race will be hosted by East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. with a posted start time of 11:00 am.

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