The North Carolina men’s and women’s cross country teams both recorded their best results in years at the ACC Championships on Friday in South Bend, Ind. Second place for women and fourth place for men was the best result. of the two teams since 2014.
The women’s team, which ran first, had an average time of 20: 46.22 and scored 87 points. The results put the team in second behind North Carolina State, which recorded 20 points and an average time of 20: 17.44.
The men’s team took fourth place after a total of 110 points, behind Notre Dame and Syracuse who took first and second places, and only six points more than third place Wake Forest.
“It was muddy, it was wet, and there were a lot of unforeseen challenges that happened in the race today. Both for the women’s and men’s teams, ”said women’s head coach Dylan Sorensen. “I’m really proud of the fact that our team responded to these things in a way that allowed them to master the challenges rather than being victimized by them.
Who stood out?
For the first time in the history of the program, the Tar Heels won the ACC Freshman of the Year award in both the men’s and women’s teams, awarded to the true freshman who achieves the highest result.
Brynn Brown won the honor in the women, clocking 20: 29.1, placing her in sixth place overall.
“Brynn had a fantastic race because she was racing for the team,” said Sorensen. “She chose to be selfless and tenacious as she competed today. And our whole team embodied it.
Parker Wolfe won the men’s award with a time of 23: 45.7, placing him seventh overall.
In addition to Brown, three other Tar Heels placed in the top 21 runners in women, winning All-ACC honors. Senior Paige Hofstad, freshman Kelsey Harrington and freshman Sasha Neglia finished 10th, 19th and 20th respectively.
On the men’s side, senior Jack Aho placed in the top 20 with Wolfe, with a score of 23: 53.7 for ninth place.
When do they play next?
The next step for both teams is the NCAA Regional Meet, which is the qualification for the NCAA National Championships.
“We’re definitely going to celebrate this, but our season is by no means over,” Sorensen said. “We just keep climbing, learning, growing from this team race and applying those lessons to the next competition so we can keep improving. ”
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