September 17, 1999 - by
Cross Country Squads Head To Tuscaloosa

Sept. 17, 1999



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s and women’s cross
country teams were set to travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., for the ACC Preview
this Saturday but officials at the University of North Carolina have
decided to move the race to Sunday. At least two teams, Florida State and
Georgia Tech, have decided to run instead at the Crimson Classic at the
University of Alabama.


Other notable cross country programs who will be competing in
Tuscaloosa, Ala., will be Life College, Southern Mississippi and host
Alabama. Life College won the 1998 NAIA National Championship and returns
a deep team in 1999. Alabama is ranked in the Top 20 and Southern Miss is
knocking on the door of the Top 25.


Florida State opted to go to Saturday’s Crimson Classic in order to not
break their training cycle, since the runners have been preparing for a
Saturday race.


“This is a good opportunity to see what we can do,” said head coach
Scott Irving. “This will also tell us where we need to go.”


Coach Irving is excited to see who will step up for the men.
Junior Josh Ware should lead a talented, deep group of Seminoles.
Sophomores Tommy Kunish and Zach Heissner will push Ware and senior Michael
Maier should continue to provide stability as one of FSU’s fastest
competitors. A few freshmen, Eric Ritchson, Nick Stuart and Maarten van
den Heuvel, will be competing in their first collegiate race.


Leading the way for the Lady Seminoles will be junior Cynthia
Campbell and senior Diana Hartnup. The duo finished as FSU’s top two
runners in five of six races they competed in last year. Freshman Kristy
Connell has run well in practice and should be among FSU’s top finishers
Saturday.


“I think Kristy and Cynthia are very eager and excited to race,”
said assistant coach Paul Spangler. “They are both in great shape.”


Freshman Katie Jeffrey, who has been attempting to return from a
stress fracture in her leg that she suffered at the Canadian Junior
Nationals this summer, will not run in the Crimson Classic.


“We will be without Katie, so that will hurt us,” said Spangler.
“She is back and running. Hopefully she’ll be back by the Stanford race on
October 2nd.”


This meet serves as a homecoming of sorts for Florida State
assistant coach Paul Spangler. He graduated from the University of Alabama
in 1998, where he holds the fifth fastest indoor 5K mark and the 10th
fastest outdoor 10K mark.


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