First-place finish from Lagat leads No. 2 Florida State to ACC title
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- No. 2 Florida State earned its fifth title in a row at Saturday's ACC Cross Country Championships, held at the Virginia Tech Cross Country Course at Smithfield Plantation.
The Seminoles placed five runners in the top 14 to total 35 points. Individual champion Violah Lagat produced a 6,000-meter time of 20:00.1, followed by Collen Quigley (20:17.6), Kayleigh Tyerman (20:20.1) and Georgia Peel (20:52.5).
Quigley (fourth), Tyerman (fifth), Amanda Winslow (11th) and Peel (14th) joined Lagat in winning All-ACC honors for the Seminoles, who finished with a 35-67 winning margin against the second place Blue Devils.
No. 11 Duke finished second with 27 points followed by No. 26 Boston College (82), NC State (86) and North Carolina (152).
"It was a little crazy out there,” Florida State head coach Karen Harvey said. “We came here to defend our title and we did. We are still trying to figure a couple of things out before nationals, but we had some bright spots.
“Viola [Lagat] and I had a [Friday] last night about our two-year drought in individual champions at this event. She really wanted to win this race. I'm pleased for her."
Lagat’s individual championship was the first for Florida State since Susan Kuijken won the last of her three consecutive championships in 2009.
"I felt really confident coming into this race,” Lagat said. “I had some good workouts the last two weeks. I'm happy with my time. We hadn't had the ACC individual champion since 2009, so I really wanted to win my last race in the ACC."