Men's Cross Country Picked Second in ACC Preseason Poll
Aug 29, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Thursday the preseason men’s and women’s cross country conference poll of the league’s coaches. The Virginia men were picked second and the Virginia women were selected seventh.
The men received two of the 14 first place votes and finished second in the poll behind conference newcomer Syracuse. Florida State (third), NC State (fourth) and Notre Dame (fifth) rounded out the top five. The Cavaliers, who finished second at last year’s ACC Championships, return three runners who helped the team win the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship: sophomore Kyle King (Yorktown, Va.), junior Drew Paisley (Virginia Beach, Va.) and senior Thomas Porter (Fredericksburg, Va.). Also returning is sophomore Connor Rog (Fairfield, Conn.), the 2012 ACC Freshman of the Year.
The women were seventh the poll, behind Florida State (first), Duke (second), Notre Dame (third), NC State (fourth), Syracuse (fifth) and Boston College (sixth). The Cavaliers, who finished sixth at last year’s ACC Championships, return five of the six athletes who competed in that meet. Sophomore Audrey Batzel (Virginia Beach, Va.), senior Vicky Fouhy (Buckinghamshire, England), junior Kathleen Stevens (Blacksburg, Va.), senior Barbara Strehler (Richmond, Va.) and senior Katherine Walker (Stafford, Va.) will lead this year’s squad.
The teams begin the 2013 season on Friday as they host the Virginia Duals at Panorama Farms. Both the men’s and women’s teams will run a 4K race against athletes from Liberty and Radford. The men’s race will begin at 5 p.m., and the women’s race will begin at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.
2013 Men’s Cross Country Pre-Season Poll
1-Syracuse (10) 1912-Virginia (2) 1633-Florida State (2) 1594-NC State 1565-Notre Dame 1506-Duke 1247-Virgnia Tech 1188-North Carolina 959-Wake Forest 8110-Georgia Tech 6011-Clemson 5912-Boston College 4913-Pittsburgh 3114-Miami 20
2013 Women’s Cross Country Pre-Season Poll
1-Florida State (8) 2132-Duke (6) 2123-Notre Dame (1) 1884-NC State 1745-Syracuse 1676-Boston College 1497-Virginia 1378-North Carolina 1339-Wake Forest 10210-Virginia Tech 8811-Clemson 7912-Georgia Tech 5913-Maryland 4914-Pittsburgh 3215-Miami 18