Greensboro, N.C. (theACC.com) - The Atlantic Coast Conference kicks off the 2012 Fall Championship schedule on Saturday, October 27, with the Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships held at the Virginia Tech Cross Country Course at Smithfield Plantation in Blacksburg, Va. The women's 6k race will start at 10:00 a.m., followed by the men's 8k competition at 10:50 a.m.
The 2012 women's race will feature three schools ranked in the top 30 of the weekly USTFCCCA poll. For the second-straight year Florida State enters the ACC championship as the nation's top-ranked team. The Seminoles are followed by Duke 11th and Boston College 26th.
On the men's side, Florida State enters Saturday's competition as the highest ranked ACC team at No. 14 nationally, while Duke is 18th and Virginia Tech 21st.
At last year's conference's championship in Clemson, S.C., Florida State captured its fourth-straight ACC women's crown out-distancing Boston College by a solid 59-point margin (20-to-79). In the men's competition, NC State claimed its second league crown in three years and its 16th overall, edging second-place Florida State by four points (51-to-55).
The Seminoles did not produce the individual champion on the women's side, but their top five runners all finished between second and sixth place to total 20 points. Amanda Winslow led Florida State as the individual runner-up with a 6k time of 20:12.3, followed immediately by Hannah Brooks (20:16.8), Jessica Parry (20:20.9), Violah Lagat (20:22.4) and Colleen Quigley (20:32.9).
Kendra Schaaf of North Carolina ran away with the individual women's title, her first ACC championship in cross country. She breezed to a 6k time of 19:45.3, easily breaking the course record at Clemson's Musser Farms venue. Nine of the top 14 finishers from a year ago are slated to participate Saturday.
Led by the 1-2 finish of Ryan Hill and Andrew Colley, NC State placed five runners in the top 17 en route to capturing the ACC's men's cross country title. Rollie Geiger's Wolfpack totaled 51 points, edging second-place Florida State (55) by four points, North Carolina (84) was third while Virginia Tech and Duke tied for fourth with 116 points.
In becoming the 12th ACC individual champion from NC State, Hill set a course record, finishing the 8k race in 23:06.1. Colley was close behind at 23:09.2. NC State's final three scorers placed 15th through 17th, giving the Wolfpack the four-point edge over defending champion Florida State. Led by Colley, eight of the men's top 14 finishers in 2011 will compete Saturday.