TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Virginia men’s and women’s cross country teams each placed third at the ACC Cross Country Championships marking the first time both teams have placed in the top-three since the 2015 season. Will Anthony and Margot Appleton led the teams individually while the Cavaliers had eight total All-ACC honorees on Friday morning (Oct. 27) at Apalachee Regional Park.

The Cavalier men kicked things off with in the 8k championship race where Will Anthony (23:21.5) and Gary Martin (23:24.7) continued their impressive seasons leading the Cavaliers to the finish line placing seventh and eighth respectively. Yasin Sado (23:33.1) and Nate Mountain (23:36.9) followed closely behind in 13th and 14th place while Jack Eliason (24:06.2), Jacob Hunter (24:08.8) and Wes Porter (24:10.7) went 36-39-41.

The strong Virginia pack placed third overall with their total of 77 points trailing just No. 11 North Carolina and No. 4 Syracuse. Virginia posted an average time of 23:36 and posted a spread of 45 seconds. Anthony, Martin, Mountain and Sado were all named to the All-ACC team for their performances.

The Virginia women followed with a 6k race where Margot Appleton (19:44.5) once again led her team to the finish line placing fifth overall followed by Jenny Schilling (20:04.6), Caroline Timm (20:20.3) and Anna Workman (20:21.9) who went 10-15-20. Gillian Bushee (20:45.7), Cate DeSousa (21:32.6) and Lila Fenner (21:38.9) finished 32-70-78.

The Cavalier women finished third for the second-consecutive year with their total of 82 points. Virginia ran an average time of 20:15 with a spread of 1:02. Appleton, Schilling, Timm and Anna Workman were all named to the All-ACC team.

From Director of Cross Country & Track & Field Vin Lananna:
“The men showed great improvement from last year, going from sixth place to third place this year. Our first four men ran great. Our women ran tough and did well to place third as a team. It was a great competitive effort by all men and women, resulting in eight All-ACC performances and a pair of third place team finishes. We are well positioned for the NCAA regionals in two weeks.”

Panorama Farms & XC23
Virginia will host the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 18 at Panorama Farms. The 2023 championships will mark just the second time Virginia has hosted the event and the first time since the 1987 championships.

The Smithfield Commonwealth Clash
The Smithfield Commonwealth Clash, originally called the Commonwealth Challenge (2005-2007), has been a part of the UVA-Virginia Tech rivalry since 2014. It is an all-sports, points-based program with the Commonwealth Clash trophy presented to the winning school each year for its dominance in head-to-head competitions.

In men’s and women’s cross country, the commonwealth clash point is awarded to the team that finishes higher at the ACC Championships. With two finishes ahead of Virginia Tech, the Cavaliers extend their lead in the competition to 4-0.

2023 ACC Cross Country Championships
Apalachee Regional Park
Tallahassee, Fla.

 Men’s Results (8k)

  1. North Carolina — 49
  2. Syracuse — 65
  3. Virginia — 77
  4. Notre Dame — 86
  5. Florida State — 117
  6. Wake Forest — 131
  7. Duke — 205
  8. NC State — 207
  9. Pitt — 277
  10. Georgia Tech — 280
  11. Virginia Tech — 312
  12. Clemson — 332
  13. Boston College — 394
  14. Louisville — 429
  15. Miami — 470 

Women’s Results (6k)

  1. NC State — 37
  2. Notre Dame — 80
  3. Virginia — 82
  4. Syracuse — 167
  5. North Carolina — 172
  6. Boston College — 183
  7. Duke — 186
  8. Wake Forest — 200
  9. Georgia Tech — 264
  10. Virginia Tech — 267
  11. Florida State — 275
  12. Pitt — 330
  13. Louisville — 333
  14. Clemson 339
  15. Miami — 412

All-ACC Finishers (Top-21)


  • Sawyer Dagan, Jr., Clemson
  • Abdirizak Ibrahim, Sr., Florida State
  • David Mullarkey, Jr., Florida State
  • Jake Gebhardt, Sr., North Carolina
  • Alex Phillip, Sr., North Carolina
  • Ethan Strand, Jr., North Carolina
  • Parker Wolfe, Jr., North Carolina
  • Tyler Berg, Sr., Notre Dame
  • Ethan Coleman, Fr., Notre Dame
  • Vincent Mauri, Sr., Notre Dame
  • Joshua Methner, Jr., Notre Dame
  • CJ Singleton, Fr., Notre Dame
  • Paul O’Donnell, Sr., Syracuse
  • Sam Lawler, So., Syracuse
  • Perry MacKinnon, Sr., Syracuse
  • Will Anthony, So., Virginia
  • Gary Martin, So., Virginia
  • Nathan Mountain, So., Virginia
  • Yasin Sado, Jr., Virginia
  • Joseph O’Brien, Fr., Wake Forest
  • Luke Tewalt, Jr., Wake Forest


  • Emma Tavella, Sr., Boston College
  • Gladys Chepngetich, Fr., Clemson
  • Alyson Churchill, Sr., Florida State
  • Fatima Alanis, Jr., North Carolina
  • Samantha Bush, Sr., NC State
  • Kelsey Chmiel, Sr., NC State
  • Grace Hartman, Fr., NC State
  • Amina Maatoug, Jr., Duke
  • Gionna Quarzo, Jr., NC State
  • Leah Stephens, Fr., NC State
  • Katelyn Tuohy, Jr., NC State
  • Siona Chisholm, Jr., Notre Dame
  • Olivia Markezich, Sr., Notre Dame
  • Erin Strzelecki, Jr., Notre Dame
  • Sadie Carey-Tharp, Sr., Pitt
  • Savannah Roark, Jr., Syracuse
  • Margot Appleton, Jr., Virginia
  • Jenny Schilling, So., Virginia
  • Caroline Timm, Sr., Virginia
  • Brooke Wilson, Fr., Wake Forest
  • Anna Workman, Jr., Virginia