CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The University of North Carolina cross country teams will race the ACC Championships on Friday morning in Kernersville, N.C. The 2013 conference meet is hosted by Wake Forest at Beeson Park. The men's 8K race kicks off at 10 a.m. and will be followed by the women's 6K race at 11 a.m.
"It's the beginning of the most exciting period of the year," said head coach Mark VanAlstyne before the team left on Thursday, "It's the championship season and to have the men in a position where everyone understands that they're competing for a title and to have the ladies finally returning some of their teammates to action knowing we'll be more competitive there and have prospects for All-ACC honors...it's just exciting all the way around."
The Tar Heel men finished sixth and the women were fifth at the 2012 ACC Championships. This season Carolina's men's team is in contention for the conference crown after a big team victory at the Virginia Panorama on Sept. 28th and a strong 11th-place finish at the Wisconsin Invitational on Oct. 19th.
"We want to just focus on putting ourselves in position, giving ourselves the best chance to compete, in this what I think is the deepest cross country conference in the NCAA," added Coach VanAlstyne.
"It definitely puts a lot more guys up front that you didn't see last year," said senior 2012 All-ACC honoree Pat Schellberg about the expansion of the league and seeing teams like Syracuse and Notre Dame at the conference meet. "But it's definitely more exciting."
Fans are invited to use #ACCXC to be a part of the conversation on Twitter. Follow @UNCTrack_Field for updates on the team before, during, and after the meet.