BLACKSBURG, Va. - Patrick Schellberg earned All-ACC honors for the first time in his career after placing 10th at the ACC Cross Country Championships in a new 8K personal best of 24:08.4. The Carolina men placed sixth and the women placed fifth in the conference championships meet.
"I'm thrilled for Patrick. He's such a great competitor and he's so tough-minded," said Coach Mark VanAlstyne after the race, "Even though his prep hasn't been what we would have liked it to be this year from injuries and illness, on race day there is no one you want on your team other than him. There's no one I would rather have when there's a big race."
Schellberg lead the Tar Heel men for the second time in 2012 after being the fast male on the team at the Notre Dame Invitational on Sept. 28th. He shaved four seconds off his 8K PR today for his 10th-place finish.
Ryan Walling finished 16th in 24:17.9 just missing the All-ACC mark of top-14. In 38th representing the Tar Heels was John Raneri running the 8K in 24:55.9. Raneri earned All-ACC honors as a sophomore in 2011.
Isaac Presson battled through a nagging injury to finish 42nd in 25:00.8. Freshman Mark Derrick competed in his first conference title meet as a Tar Heel, placing 49th in 25:11.5. Jack Driggs followed Derrick by placing 50th and running the distance in 25:13.0. Steve Magnuson placed 58th in 25:28.8, Braedon Koerwitz right behind in 60th at 25:31.9, and Dan Mykityshyn placed 63rd in 25:36.1. Scott Morgan was the final Tar Heel across the finish line, taking 84th in 26:09.1.
On the women's side, Carolina was represented by Lianne Farber, who placed 19th overall just missing the All-ACC mark. Farber ran the women's 6K in 20:59.8. Ashley Miess took 27th with a time of 21:17.9.
Karley Rempel was next up for the Tar Heels, crossing the finish line in 21:33.6 to tie her personal best and place 34th. Annie LeHardy and Malia Cali placed 38th in 21:44.2 and 39th in 21:44.8, respectively. Sami Jorgensen captured 41st in 21:49.8 and Chelsea Weiermiller made her Carolina debut with a 75th-place 22:52.1.
"It was a tough course no doubt about it and the other teams were running fast," said Coach VanAlstyne, "I just think the general sense with both teams right now is we're disappointed.
No one came here to be on teams that finished fifth and sixth. We're disappointed and we know that we're better than that.
"The disappointment extends to the coaches, the staff, everyone. We're not here to celebrate fifth and sixth. But we are going to move forward and aim to finish in the top two at the regional."
The national leader Florida State won the women's side of the race while No. 21 Virginia Tech took the men's team race. Florida State senior Viola Lagat won the women's 6K in 20:00.1 and Virginia Tech senior Will Mulherin won the men's 8K in 23:37.3.
The Tar Heels will next compete at the Wolfpack Three Stripe Invitational in Cary, N.C. on Nov. 3rd. Then it's off to the national stage for the NCAA Regional in Charlotte, N.C., on Nov. 9th.