GREENSBORO, N.C. – Florida State senior Colleen Quigley has been named ACC Women’s Cross Country Performer of the Week after leading the Seminoles to the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational team title on Friday.
Claiming her first individual victory of the season, Quigley broke away from the field with 400 meters to go, winning the 6,000-meter race over the Buford Meredith Course in 21:09.20. The sixth-ranked Seminoles placed five runners in the top nine to edge North Carolina 26-31 for the victory in the seven-team meet.
This is the fourth time the St. Louis, Mo. native has earned ACC Performer of the Week honors in her career. The 2013 ACC Cross Country Performer of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year, won a pair of weekly honors last season, to go along with one in 2012. A two-time All-American, she is coming off an injury-shortened outdoor track & field season.
Quigley was followed by Pippa Woolven (third), Georgia Peel (sixth), Linden Hall (seventh) and Bridget Blake (ninth). She captured the individual victory after Peel, who was leading with 500 meters remaining, slipped and fell on the wet and hilly course.
The Florida State women will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, Pa. The Seminole men, who also claimed the team title at Virginia Tech with Glen Yarham leads a 1-2-3 sweep, will be back in action Friday, Oct. 3 at the Notre Dame Invitational.
Still Atop South Region; National Rankings Unchanged
The Florida State men’s and women’s cross country teams retained the top spots in the USTFCCCA South Region ranking and remain ranked No. 25 and No. 6 nationally this week.
Coach Karen Harvey’s team is ranked No. 1 in the South Region for the 33rd consecutive week – every week the USTFCCCA has tabulated the ballots – to join the Oklahoma State men as the only program that can make that distinction.
Bob Braman’s FSU men have been atop the South Region all three weeks this season and have also been a fixture among the top two spots since the inception of the USTFCCCA rankings.