Clemson's Hans Koeleman repeated his 1980 victory in Durham, N.C., leading the Tigers to their third straight victory in the ACC cross country championships yesterday at College Park. Clemson placed three runners among the top four finishers in compiling a low score of 33 points. Virginia was second with 66.
Koeleman covered the 10-kilometer course in 29 minutes 31.7 seconds and became only the sixth runner in ACC history to win the championship twice. Maryland's Per Kristoffersen finished fifth in 31:02.6; the Terrapins placed sixth in the team standings.
Virginia, the defending ACC and national champion, swept the first three places in the women's division and established an ACC meet record for fewest points scored, with 20. Clemson was second with 43 points. Individually, Lesley Welch finished first, running the five-kilometer course in 16:12.4. Maryland's women finished sixth and the Terrapins' Jean Whiston was 18th in 17:24.9.
Karen Gascoigne of Howard won the women's individual championship and Howard University won its second straight women's team title in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference cross country championships at Fort Dupont Park.
Gascoigne, voted the outstanding woman performer, ran the 3.1-mile course in 19:53. Howard's 40 team points were followed by Delaware State, 62, and South Carolina State, 71.
Rickey Meekins of University of Maryland-Eastern Shore set a conference record in the winning the men's division in 32:53 over 10,000 meters. Meekins was named men's outstanding performer. UMES won the men's team division with 46 points, followed by South Carolina State, 62; Florida A & M, 73; Delaware State, 98; Howard, 102, and Bethune-Cookman, 212.