CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete at the ACC Championships on Friday (Nov. 1) at the Buford Meredith Cross Country Course in Blacksburg, Va. The men’s 8k will begin at 10 a.m. and the women’s 6k will start at 11 a.m.
ACCNX is available to authenticated subscribers of ACC Network via the ESPN App. Links for the live stream and live results are available on VirginiaSports.com. Updates throughout the competition will also be provided on the team’s official account (@UVATFCC).
Friday’s race is sponsored by Virginia529, the official college savings plan of University of Virginia Athletics. There is a potential of two points, one for the men’s race and one for the women’s race, in the Commonwealth Clash, the point rivalry series between University of Virginia and Virginia Tech and presented by Virginia529. This is the fourth and fifth Commonwealth Clash events of the new athletic season and Virginia leads Virginia Tech 2.5 to 0. Learn more about Virginia529 and the competition at TheCommonwealthClash.com.
In the Rankings
The Cavaliers enter Friday’s race tied as the No. 23 ranked men’s team in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s poll. Virginia is one of six teams in the men’s race ranked in the top 30 of the USTFCCCA, running alongside No. 21 Notre Dame, No. 22 Florida State, No. 23 NC State, No. 26 Virginia Tech and No. 28 Syracuse.
The women’s race will feature No. 6 NC State, No. 10 Florida State, No. 17 Notre Dame, No. 22 Virginia Tech and No. 27 Boston College.
The Cavalier Men
• The Cavaliers have had a different male runner lead the team in their four regular season meets this season.
• Sophomore Derek Johnson (Leesburg, Va.) opened the season with the top UVA time and second-fastest time overall at the Liberty Challenge.
• Junior Rohann Asfaw (Rockville, Md.) was the top runner at the Cavalier Classic, while redshirt senior Ari Klau (West Harford, Conn.) recorded a career-best time and fourth-fastest time overall (24:14.2) at the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational to lead UVA at the meet.
• Senior AJ Ernst (Marblehead, Mass.) placed 47th at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational to pace the team with a career-best 8k time of 24:15.7.
• The men’s team won two competitions during the regular season, finishing first at the Cavalier Classic and the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational. UVA placed all five of its scoring runners in the top 10 at both meets.
Hoos Pacing the Women
• Junior Hannah Moran (Salem, Va.) has set the pace for the women’s team.
• She was UVA’s top runner at the Cavalier Classic (sixth place), with a career-best 5k time (17:31.0).
• Moran also led the Cavaliers at the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational (22nd place) and
the Under Armour Pre-National (67th place). Her time of 21:06.0 at the Under Armour Pre-National was a career best in the 6k.
• Junior Kiera Bothwell (Springfield, Va.) was the second Cavalier to cross the finish line at all three competitions.
Last Year’s Championship
• UVA finished fourth in the men’s 8k race at last year’s ACC Championships.
• Redshirt senior Ari Klau (West Harford, Conn.) and senior Randy Neish (Glastonbury, Conn.) earned their first All-ACC honor with a 20th and 21st-place finish, respectively, at the meet.
• The women’s team finished ninth at the competition.