Women's Cross Country

Women's Cross Country
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1970s

1977 Joan Benoit Samuelson named cross country All-American

Joan Benoit Samuelson was a two-time cross country All-American (1977-1978). She was an Olympic gold medalist in women's marathon (1984), two-time winner of Boston Marathon, and 2005 NCAA Silver Anniversary award winner. In 2019, she ran the Boston Marathon again and finished within 30 minutes of her first finish time in 1979.

Joan Benoit, Cross Country 1978Joan Benoit, Cross Country 1978
1978 Women's cross country added as ACC championship sport
NC State Women's Cross Country media guide, 1978NC State Women's Cross Country media guide, 1978
1979 Women's Cross Country championship

The Women's Cross Country team won the national championship.

North Carolina State University's All-American cross country runners Julie Shea (left) and Mary Shea (right).North Carolina State University's All-American cross country runners Julie Shea (left) and Mary Shea (right).

1980s

1980 Julie Shea awarded in track and cross country

Track and cross country athlete Julie Shea Sutton became the first woman athlete named ACC's "Athlete of the Year." That same year, she was awarded the Broderick Cup by the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW). In 2012, she was inducted into the NC State Athletics Hall of Fame.

1979-1980 Women's cross country won back-to-back championships

The women's cross country team won back-to-back national championships in 1979 and 1980. The head coach was former long-distance runner and two-time U.S. Olympian Jack Bacheler.

1981 Betty Springs won NCAA individual championship

Betty Springs (later Betty Springs Geiger) won the first women's championship in NCAA history at the 1981 NCAA cross country championship meet. Before leaving NC State, she became the only woman to ever win NCAA cross country and U.S. Cross Country Championships in same year. In 2013 she was inducted into the NC State Hall of Fame.

Betty Springs, North Carolina State University all-American cross country runnerBetty Springs, North Carolina State University all-American cross country runner
1981–1982 Women's Cross Country added to the NCAA championship program

Cross country was one of twelve women's sports added to the NCAA championship program for the 1981–1982 school year.

1981-2006 Rollie Geiger, women's cross country head coach
1983-1985 Women's cross country won ACC team championships
1985 Suzie Tuffey won NCAA individual title

Suzie Tuffey won the NCAA individual title for cross country as a freshman.

N. C. State Cross-Country runner Suzie Tuffey at NCAA ChampionshipN. C. State Cross-Country runner Suzie Tuffey at NCAA Championship
1987-1993 Women's cross country won ACC team championships
N. C. State Women's cross country team, 1987N. C. State Women's cross country team, 1987
1988-1992 Laurie Henes women's cross country career

As a student-athlete at NC State from 1988 to 1992, Laurie Henes earned All-America honors in cross country as a junior and senior, and was All-ACC four straight years. She won the ACC women's cross country championship as a senior.

1990s

1991 Men's and women's cross country won ACC championships

Both the men's and women's cross country team won the ACC championship. This was first time any ACC school won both the men's and women's championships in the same year.

1995-1998 Women's cross country won ACC team championships

2000s

2000-2002 Women's cross country won ACC team championships
6/2/2002 Kristin Price won individual NCAA championship

NC State Track and Field athlete Kristin Price won the individual NCAA championship in the 10,000-meter event. She was a twelve-time All-American in track and cross country.

2006 Women's cross country won ACC team championships
2006 Laurie Henes named women's cross country head coach

2010s

2016-2021 Women's cross country won ACC Championships

The Women's cross country team won six consecutive ACC Championships with top runners such as Elly Henes, Dominique Clairmonte, and Kelsey Chmiel. This was the team's 27th overall ACC Championship title.

2020s

2021 NC State won its first NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country Championship

NC State won its first NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country Championship and school’s first NCAA team title since the men’s basketball team won it in 1983.