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Oct. 28, 2006

The Virginia women and men both finished third at the ACC Cross Country Championships, held today (Oct 28) at Panorama Farms in Earlysville, Va. The Cavaliers’ Jan Foerster finished third overall to lead the men while the Cavalier women, led by Emily Harrison, placed three in the top-10 to finish third overall, upsetting national No. 14 Florida State along the way.

Harrison came across fifth with a time of 21:17.6, while Katie Read (8th, 21:21.9) and Kara Scanlin (10th, 21:29.7) also earned All-ACC honors. Laura Hodges finished as the Cavaliers’ fourth runner while Western Albemarle grad Sam Stafford, running on her course from high school, was the fifth finisher for the Cavaliers. The third-place finish is the highest for the Cavaliers since a third place finish in 2002.

The 2005 ACC Freshman of the Year Andy Biladeau also earned All-ACC honors, just nipping teammate Andrew Dumm. Taylor Smith ran a PR to finish 22nd overall (25:10.7) and was Virginia’s fourth runner. Virginia has now finished in the top-three in the conference in each of the last five years.

Both the men and the women defeated Virginia Tech. With the victories, the Cavaliers earned two points in the Commonwealth Challenge, presented by Comcast. Virginia now leads the all-sports competition between the Cavaliers and Hokies 4.5-0.5. The swimming and diving teams are in action today (Oct. 28), with a point up for grabs in both the men’s and women’s competition.

The Cavaliers will host the Cavalier Open on November 4 at Panorama Farms.

Women's results:5. Emily Harrison, 21:17.68. Katie Read, 21:21.910. Kara Scanlin, 21:29.728. Laura Hodges, 22:25.853. Sam Stafford, 23:16.064. Lauretta Dezubay, 23:45.270. Janine Ricci, 23:56.692. Sara Casscells, 28:35.3

Team Results (national rank)1. N. C. State (2), 592. Duke (16), 883. VIRGINIA (25), 1044. Florida State (14), 1185. Virginia Tech (29), 1236. North Carolina, 1387. Boston College (28), 1508. Wake Forest, 1669. Georgia Tech, 19410. Maryland, 21711. Clemson, 34312. Miami, 384

Men’s results:3. Jan Foerster, 24:01.014. Andy Biladeau, 24:43.315. Andrew Dumm, 24:43.922. Taylor Smith, 25:10.735. Andrew Jesien, 25:45.239. Alex Tatu, 25:52.143. Alec Lorenzoni, Virginia, 25:57.4

Team results (national rank)1. N. C. State (9), 312. Florida State (8), 793. VIRGINIA (29), 874. Duke, 1245. Clermson, 1326. Virginia Tech, 1457. Boston College, 1968. North Carolina, 2139. Wake Forest, 21710. Maryland, 26111. Georgia Tech, 31512. Miami, 348

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