BLACKSBURG, Va. - The University of Miami cross country teams competed on Saturday at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships at the Virginia Tech Cross Country Course at Smithfield Plantation. Junior Lindsi Arrington led the women's team with a time of 22:01.4, while senior Greg Kaczka paced the men at 25:39.9.
As a team, the men placed in 11th and the women in 12th in a competitive ACC field.
"Both sides competed hard today," assistant cross country coach Damon Griffiths said. "Even though we fell short of our goal, I saw the team show improvement throughout the season. We have regionals in two weeks and then we can turn our focus to track season and improving for next year."
Following Arrington, who finished in 48th individually, were junior Alaine Tate (23:11.2, 81st), junior Taylor Votek (24:22.0, 92nd), senior Allison Ludwick (25:02.4, 95th), junior Brooke Dovell (25:18.8, 96th), sophomore Julia Koch (26:00.0, 97th) and senior Jennifer Estime (26:27.2, 98th). Florida State's Violah Lagat took the individual title, as the Seminoles also won the team championship.
On the men's side, Kaczka placed in 68th in his final ACC cross country meet as a Cane. Junior Sean Pezzulo (25:56.9, 76th), junior JaCee Jarnigin (26:27.2, 90th), freshman Bert Irigoyen (26:53.3, 94th), junior Luke Fontaine (26:59.1, 96th), freshman Kevin Marsh (27:23.3, 100th) and sophomore A.J. Ricketts (27:34.8, 101st) also represented Miami. Host Virginia Tech won the team title, with William Mulerin of the Hokies winning first place.
The Hurricanes will next run at the NCAA Regionals in Tallahassee, Fla., on Nov. 9.
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