Nov. 1, 2003
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Terrapin men's and women's cross country teams both placed seventh at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships Saturday at Wake Forest, tying and beating, respectively, their highest team finishes since 1991. The men's squad had not finished above eighth place in over 10 years, while the women matched last year's seventh-place finish that ended the same draught.
"We met our goal of becoming more actively involved in the ACC today," Head Coach Trent Sanderson said. "We really had some great performances and met our expectations for the competition."
The North Carolina women and NC State men, both perennial cross country powerhouses, took home the team titles. This is the Tar Heels' third women's cross country championship overall and first since 1999. The Wolfpack men placed five runners in top 10 to win their eighth ACC championship in the last nine years. Shalane Flanagan of North Carolina and Andy Smith of NC State were the individual champions.
Freshman Peter Hess (Toms River, N.J.) led the way for the Maryland, finishing in sixth place in the field of 69 runners in his third collegiate 8K competition. The young Terp garnered tremendous praise from Sanderson for his 24:35.1 time, which earned him a spot on the All-ACC team.
"Peter Hess was absolutely amazing," Sanderson said. "He made the All-ACC team, which is an incredible accomplishment, especially for a freshman. Peter really came through for us today."
Sophomore Allison Carney, who finished in 31st place with a time of 21:45.0, led the Terp women to their seventh place finish. One of the strongest performances, however, was that of sophomore Danielle Siebert who was the second Terp finisher, in at No. 25 with a time of 21:58.2.
"Danielle ran the best race of her career today," Sanderson said. "She stepped it up, finishing under 22 minutes for the second time in her career in a 6K race."
Siebert finished the Paul Short Invitational with a time of 21:55.84.
The Terps return to action on Nov. 15 at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship in Loch Haven, Pa.
Women's Individual Results
Overall Finish Runner Time 1 31 Allison Carney 21:45.0 2 35 Danielle Siebert 21:58.2 3 49 Kim Smith 22:36.6 4 51 Laurel Jefferson 22:57.3 5 58 Rebecca Funk 23:20.1 6 60 Katie Purcell 23:32.7 7 61 Courtney Fiorovanti 23:36.9 8 62 Cori Koch 24:02.7
Men's Individual Results Overall Finish Runner Time 1 6 Peter Hess 24:35.1 2 20 Adam Ambrus 25:20.6 3 28 Mike Prada 25:38.5 4 54 Florent Groberg 26:38.2 5 55 Michael Porter 26:39.3 6 61 Mike Fleg 26:55.0 7 63 Natty Zola 27:00.1 8 65 Matt Adami 27:27.5