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Rog takes top freshman at ACC Cross Country Championships

Published 1:25 pm, Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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Led by Fairfielder Connor Rog, the University of Virginia men's cross country team finished second with 61 points at the Atlantic Coast Conference Cross Country Championships on Oct. 27 in Blacksburg, Va.

Rog, a 2012 graduate of Fairfield Prep was named the men's ACC Freshman of the Year for the being the top true freshman finisher. Rog finished 18th.

"This is just my second 8K and running with the best runners in the ACC is amazing," Rog said. "The race itself was insane, we went out really fast. Around the 2K mark, I fell around a corner, so that was a little scary. After the 4K to 6K part, which is the toughest portion of the race, (junior) Thomas Porter and I got rolling. I'm excited to be the top freshman, but I want to be up there farther."

The Cavaliers finished just six points behind champion Virginia Tech's 55 points and one point ahead of third-place Florida State.

"Obviously our goal was to win and we thought we had a legitimate chance to come in first," head men's cross country coach Pete Watson said. "Everyone's a little down we didn't accomplish that, but I'm proud of these guys. They went out in front, ran hard and executed our game plan that we had going in."

The Cavaliers' women's team placed sixth with 170 points-- 145 behind first-place Florida State.

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