The national polls ranked the Notre Dame men and NC State women as tops among Atlantic Coast Conference teams, and both lived up to their billing with first-place showings at the 2020 ACC Cross Country Championships.
The Fighting Irish placed three runners among the top seven on Friday at the WakeMed Soccer Park course to claim their second title in three years. The host NC State women also had three of the top seven finishers to take the ACC championship trophy for the fifth straight year and record 26th time overall.
NC State senior Dominique Clairmonte had a 6K time of 19:55.1 that led the field by 11 seconds.
Florida State junior Addi Coggins took fifth place (20:22.3), helping the Seminoles to a third-place finish in the 6K race. Elizabeth Funderburk took 15th in 20:36.9. Both Seminoles secured All-ACC honors.
“We were good today, just not great,” FSU head coach Kelly Phillips said. “We were a solid second place with a mile to go. We didn’t pack up well early, but we had a lot of good things happen today.”
Note Dame senior Yared Nuguse led his team’s victory with an 8K gold medal time of 23:03.6. Nuguse claimed the bronze medal at the 2018 ACC Men’s Cross Country Championship and was the runner-up last year.
The FSU men took ninth place. Paul Stafford (23:54) finished 32nd while Caleb Pottorff (23:56) was two spots back to pace the Seminoles.