Oct. 28, 2010
BOSTON, Mass. - The University of Maryland cross country teams head north this weekend to participate in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships to be held at the Franklin Park Cross Country Course.
The women's 6K race will start at 10 a.m., with the 8K men's race to follow at 11 a.m.
The Maryland men and women each placed seventh in the team standings a year ago. The Terrapins are hoping their season preparation to this point has them ready to achieve great things this weekend.
"I am looking forward to seeing the group come together as a team this weekend," said head coach Andrew Valmon. "On the men's side, Greg Kelsey is having a career-best season and is looking strong as he leads our men's team.
"On the women's side, Julie Fricke has also emerged as a top runner. Both Becky Yep and Ashley Cromartie have also made great strides to help. Our women's seniors, led by Ashley Campbell, have bolstered the rest of the lineup throughout the season."
Kelsey, a Terrapin graduate student who received a fifth year of eligibility from the NCAA due to a medical redshirt, has led Maryland to the line in each of the last two events. Kelsey finished 10th at the Paul Short Run at Lehigh and was fifth in a national-level field two weeks ago at Penn State.
The ACC is strong nationally on the men's side, with five teams in the top 30. Florida State leads those five teams with a No. 8 ranking coming into the league championships, with Duke in 14th and defending champion NC State in 16th.
The Maryland women have been paced by sophomore Julie Fricke so far this season, the Terps' top finisher in the last three events. Her best personal finish this year was a sixth to lead Maryland to the team win at the Navy Invitational.
Yep is a freshman who has been Maryland's No.2 runner in two events this year. Senior Ashley Campbell and Junior Ashley Cromartie have also been running in the top four this season. Seniors Andrea Rothschild, Ashlyn Sinclair and Danielle Karagannis have also been consistent scorers for the Maryland women this year.
As with the men, the ACC is one of the top leagues in the nation on the women's side. Florida State, which has won three straight ACC women's team titles, is currently ranked third in the nation and leads six league teams in the nation's top 30.
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