Cross Country Hosts ACC Championships on Saturday

Oct. 25, 2004

The men's and women's cross country teams, each coming off strong performances at the Penn State Invitational, will look to do the same again this weekend as they host the ACC Cross Country Championships at the University of Maryland Golf Course on Saturday. The day gets started with the women's race at 10:00 a.m., followed by the men's race at 11:00 a.m. Free parking for the event is available at the University of Maryland Golf Course Parking Lot. Supplemental parking is available in the University System of Maryland parking lot (located behind the golf course at 3300 Metzerott Road); a free shuttle service will be available from the USM lot to the golf course from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The men's team finished seventh overall in the Penn State Invitational's 38-team field, led by sophomore Pete Hess's 18th place finish. On the year, the team has run to finishes of second place (James Madison Invitational), first place (ACC Pre-Meet) and seventh place (Penn State Invitational) in its team-scoring meets. In capturing the ACC Pre-Meet team title, the team knocked off ACC newcomer, Miami; one of the teams it will square up against on Saturday.

The women's team also came through with a strong performance at the Penn State Invitational, finishing in 11th place in its largest meet of the season, 41 teams. Meghan Braffet paced the squad, as she came in 27th place overall. Danielle Siebert finished in 38th place, as the team finished just outside of the top 10 in its toughest race of the season. So far this season, the women's team had identical finishes to the men in both the James Madison Invitational (second place) and ACC Pre-Meet (first place), before the Penn State Invitational. In the September ACC Pre-Meet, the women also topped one ACC squad, Clemson, by a score of 27-48.

The 2004 ACC Championships will feature four women's teams ranked among the October 19th FinishLynx National Poll, including fifth-ranked Duke and eighth-ranked North Carolina. On the men's side, two ACC teams are among the Mondo National Poll, while Duke sits just outside at No. 26. Florida State tops that list with its No. 11 ranking, while North Carolina State, a top-10 team for much of the year, currently sits at No. 16.