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Men’s Cross Country at ACC Championships Saturday

Men’s Cross Country at ACC Championships Saturday

Oct. 26, 2006

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The Clemson men’s cross country team will travel to Earlysville, VA this weekend to take part in the ACC Championships, hosted by the University of Virginia. The 8K event will take place at Panorama Farms, which is located just miles from Virginia’s campus. The men’s race is scheduled for 11:00 AM Saturday.

The Tigers finished seventh at the league meet last season, led by Matt Clark’s outstanding individual runner-up performance. However, Clark has been sidelined indefinitely by injury this season and will not compete at this year’s meet. In his place, several Tigers look to step up their performance to make up for the loss of one of the team’s top performers.

Bryce Iverson has been outstanding for the Tigers in his sophomore season. He was 13th at the Greater Louisville Classic to lead Clemson to a fifth-place team effort. He was 21st in a field of 200 runners at the Pre-NCAA Championships. At that event, he posted a personal best time of 24:06.5 in Terre Haute, IN. Last season, he was 66th at the ACC Championships.

Itay Magidi made his return to the Tiger cross country team at the Pre-Nationals meet and was 38th, despite a shoe problem early in the race. He had a time of 24:22 and was passing runners with ease in the final stages of the race. Magidi did not compete at ACCs in 2005, but did earn All-ACC honors after finishing fourth in 2004.

Sam Bryfczynski has been a third consistent contributor this season for Bob Pollock’s cross country squad. The sophomore from Marietta, GA won the season-opening Clemson Invitational and turned in a personal best 8K time of 24:55.5 at the Pre-Nationals two weekends ago.

Sean Reilly will be making the trip again this year. The junior was 38th last season with a time of 25:02.3. He will be joined by Eric Soder, Eric Soder scored at ACCs last season. Noble, a traditional middle distance runner, was third at the Clemson Invitational. Lumpkins battled an illness at Louisville, then did not participate at the Pre-Nationals two weeks ago.