CLEMSON — Clemson finished seventh as a team in the women’s competition and 10th among the men’s team at the annual ACC Cross Country Championships in Blacksburg, VA on Saturday. The women compiled 191 points in the 6K race that was claimed by the nation’s top-ranked team, Florida State. The men’s 8K was claimed by the host institution, Virginia Tech.
It was the second straight year the Tiger women finished seventh or better at the ACC Championships. Last season, Clemson was sixth on its home course. Clemson was led individually by Furman transfer Erin Barker, her first time finishing in the Tigers’ top position. She was 23rd individually with a 6K time of 21:11.1. Barker has been among the Tigers’ top three each meet so far this season.
Natalie Anthony was Clemson’s No. 2 runner Saturday, posting a time of 21:22.5 and finish of 31st place. Kate Borowicz was not far behind in 36th, clocking a time of 21:37.3. Cara Talty was 50th individually, posting a time of 22:04.2. The team’s fifth scorer on Saturday was red-shirt freshman Brianna Blanton. She was 59th overall with a time of 22:21.3.
Aaron Ramirez was the top finisher for the Tiger men’s team on Saturday. The red-shirt sophomore from the Upstate of South Carolina finished 28th overall, recording an 8K time of 24:41.8. The Tigers’ second-best runner on Saturday was Martin Maloney in 71st, a gap of 43 positions between first and second place. Maloney had a time of 25:44.5. In the third scoring spot for Clemson was Sam McGill in 79th. He had a time of 26:00.7. The final two scorers for the Tigers were a pair of freshmen - Roland Hakes in 80th and Jack Andritsch in 86th.
The Tigers return to action for the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships in Charlotte, NC on Friday, Nov. 9.