Cavalier women victorious at ACC Cross Country Championship

Members of the Virginia Cavaliers celebrate their Championship after the 2015 ACC Cross Country Championship in Tallahassee, Fl., Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. (Photo by Glenn Beil, Glenn Beil | Cavalier Daily

The No. 7 Virginia women’s cross country team claimed its first conference championship in 33 years, and the seventh-ranked Cavalier men placed third at the ACC Cross Country Championship at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, Florida.

The women finished with 71 points to edge out second-place NC State by four followed by Notre Dame in third with 96. Syracuse and North Carolina rounded out the top five with 141 and 150, respectively. Virginia surged ahead of the Wolfpack in the final kilometer of the six-kilometer race.

The victory marks the third ACC Championship for the Virginia women and the first since the Cavaliers completed the back end of back-to-back titles.

Four Cavaliers placed in the top 20 to earn All-ACC honors. Junior Cleo Boyd led Virginia with a fourth-place time of 20:19.8., graduate student Iona Lake was 11th and freshman Emily Mulhern and graduate student Sarah Astin placed in 15th and 19th, respectively. Sophomore Megan Rebholz completed the scoring five with a 22nd-place finish.

Syracuse won the men’s race with 46 points and NC State was second with 96. The Cavaliers followed behind with 115 points. Virginia Tech’s 120 and Louisville’s 130 netted them top-five honors.

The men had a pair of top-10 placers and All-ACC honorees. Sophomore Chase Weaverling finished eighth with a time of 23:45.6. Juniors Henry Wynne and Thomas Madden placed 10th and 25th, respectively, senior Kyle King finished 33rd and sophomore Brent Demarest placed 40th.

Virginia will return to action when they host the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships Nov. 13th at Panorama Farms.

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