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) 191 2-Virginia (2) 163 3-Florida State (2) 159 4-NC State 156 5-Notre Dame 150 6-Duke 124 7-Virgnia Tech 118 8-North Carolina 95 9-Wake Forest 81 10-Georgia Tech 60 11-Clemson 59 12-Boston College 49 13-Pittsburgh 31 14-Miami 20
2013 Women's Cross Country Pre-Season Poll
1-Florida State (8) 213 2-Duke (6) 212 3-Notre Dame (1) 188 4-NC State 174 5-Syracuse 167 6-Boston College 149 7-Virginia 137 8-North Carolina 133 9-Wake Forest 102 10-Virginia Tech 88 11-Clemson 79 12-Georgia Tech 59 13-Maryland 49 14-Pittsburgh 32 15-Miami 18
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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