On May 8, 1953, the Atlantic Coast Conference was formed at the Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. In the intervening 49 years, the league has come a long way since those early days and has developed into a national leader in intercollegiate athletics. In the midst of the 2002-2003 season, the conference celebrated its 50th birthday in style. A series of events were planned to commemorate the ACC 50 years of excellence in intercollegiate athletics, including naming a 50th Anniversary Team for each of the conference's sports.
Men's Cross Country
Mike Cotton, Cross Country (1978-1981)
Two-time All-American (3,000m SC,1981 and Cross Country, 1980)...ACC Champion in the 3,000m SC (1979) and 10,000m (1981)...ACC Performer of the Meet (1981)...UVa record holder in the 10,000m (28:55.34, 1981).
Bobby Thiele, Cross Country (1997-2000)
Named to All-America team in 1999 for performance in Cross Country.
Women's Cross Country
Claire Forbes, Cross Country and Track (1990-1993)
Two-time All-American in 1992 (3,000m (I,O))...Two-time ACC Outdoor Champion in the 1,500m (1990, 91), 3,000m (1990, 92)...Three- time ACC Outdoor Champion in the 5,000m (1990, 91, 92)...ACC Indoor Champion in the Mile (1990) and 3,000m (1992)...ACC Performer of the Meet (1990, 92).
Margaret Groos, Cross Country (1977-1980)
Two-time All-American in Cross Country (1978, 79) ... All-American (1,500m (O),1979)...Holds UVa Outdoor record for the 5,000m (15:51.24, 1980), 3,000m (9:07.84, 1979)...Holds UVa Indoor record for 3,200m (9:52.24, 1980) and 5,000m (15:34.74,1981).
Jill Haworth, Cross Country (1980-1983)
Nine-time All-American (1980-DMR (I), 1981-DMR (I),4x800m(I), 1,400m (O),Cross Country, 1982-DMR(I), One Mile (I), 1,500m (O)...Cross Country, National Champion 1,500m (I) (1981)...Member of National Championship Cross Country Team (1981, 82).
Patty Matava, Cross Country (1985-1988)
Three-time All American in Cross Country (1985, 86, 87)...All- American in the 5,000m (O) (1988)...Two- time ACC Outdoor Champion in the 5,000m (1984, 87)...Holds UVa Outdoor record for 10,000m (32:58.64,1987).
Aileen O'Connor, Cross Country (1979-1982)
Three-time All-American in Cross Country (1979, 80, 81)...All-American (1981-5,000m (I), 10,000m (O), 1982-Two Mile (I), 10,000m)...Member of the 1981 and '82 National Championship Cross Country Teams...National Champion in 5,000m (1979) and 10,000m (1979).
Jennifer Owens, Cross Country (1998-2001)
Two-time All-American in Cross Country (1999, 2001).
Marissa Schmidt, Cross Country (1979-1982)
Two-time All-American in Cross Country (1981,1982)...All-American in 4x800 (I) (1981), Mile (I) (1982)...Member of the 1981 and '82 National Championship Cross Country Teams.
Dana Slater, Cross Country (1979-1982)
All-American in Cross Country (1982)...Member of the 1981 and '82 National Championship Cross Country Teams.
Lesley Welch, Cross Country (1980-1982)
All-American (1981-Cross Country, 1982-DMR (I), Three Mile (I), 3,000m (I), Cross Country)...National Champion in Cross Country (1982)...Member of the 1981 and '82 National Championship Cross Country Teams.
Lisa Welch, Cross Country (1980-1982)
Two-time All-American (Cross Country-1981, DMR (I)-1982)...Member of the 1981 and '82 National Championship Cross Country Teams.
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