Oct. 15, 1999
TAMPA, Fla. – Both the Florida State men’s and women’s cross
country teams earned their third top five finish of the season Friday at
the South Florida Invitational. Each team has won a race this year and
yesterday they added another top five finish. The men finished in second
place (83) behind the University of South Florida and the Lady Seminoles
took fourth place (114) out of 22 teams.
FSU’s Cynthia Campbell placed in the top 10 for the second time in
her career, with an eighth-place finish and a time of 18:26. Campbell ran
her fastest time of the year in leading the Lady Noles for the second time
this year. Two freshmen followed Campbell, Katie Jeffrey, who finished in
the top 20 in only her second collegiate race, and Kristy Connell, who ran
her fastest time of the year. Jeffrey ran an 18:34 in only her second race
at FSU since recovering from a slight stress fracture in her leg while
competing at the National Junior Championship in Canada over the summer.
Connell (26th – 18:55), who led FSU at the Stanford Invitational, broke the
19-minute mark for the first time in her career Friday.
Other top 50 finishers for FSU included, freshman Andrea Dulmage
(30th – 19:05), senior Diana Hartnup (38th – 19:19), and Brooke Bastien
(44th – 19:24). Following the top pack for FSU were sophomore Erica
Lazarus (74th – 20:10), freshman Sara Bergeron (97th – 21:02), junior
Sandra Murphy (117th – 21:56), freshman Mizar Aleman (137th – 22:46), and
junior Melissa Lyons (160th – 24:28).
On the men’s side, Tommy Kunish, Zach Heissner and Michael Maier
led the Seminoles to a second place finish with top 20 finishes. The
sophomore, Kunish, paced the Noles with his 14th place finish and time of
26:28. For Heissner (16th – 26:35), it was his third top 20 finish of his
career. Maier (17th – 26:39), who finished as FSU’s third fastest runner
at the Auburn Bank Invitational two weeks ago, ran his fastest time since
last year’s Auburn Bank Invitational where he ran a 26:32. Freshman Aaron
Caruso continued to impress in his first season at FSU. Caruso, who led
the Noles to victory at the season-opening West Florida Invitational,
finished 21st at the South Florida Invitational with a time of 26:56.
Senior Josh Ware (23rd – 26:58) was more than a minute off of his best time
of the year (25:50), but still managed to place in the top 25.
Following the top five for FSU were, Nick Stuart (31st – 27:16),
Dave Stuart (32nd – 27:17), Ryan Atkins (33rd – 27:18), Brady Thomas (40th
– 27:33), Nate Adams (48th – 27:46), Ryan Hicks (51st – 27:53), Eric
Ritchson (72nd – 28:50) and Nathan Timm (85th – 29:14).
Florida State will return to the course for their next meet, the
Troy State Invitational on October 23rd.