Nov. 1, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State men’s and women’s cross
country teams will compete today in the ACC Championships in Chapel Hill,
N.C. The Seminoles will look to build onto an already impressive season
that includes a win for each team and three top five finishes for both the
men’s and women’s teams.
“Top to bottom the ACC is very deep,” said FSU head coach Scott
Irving. “We could finish higher in our region than we will in the
conference, the ACC is tough.”
FSU’s women’s team has been paced all season by junior Cynthia
Campbell. Campbell has led Florida State in two of the three races she has
run in this season. Her top finish was at the South Florida Invitational
where she finished eighth with a time of 18:26 and led the Lady Seminoles
to a fourth-place finish. Joining Campbell at the Championships will be
five freshmen, including two that have finished in FSU’s top three in each
of the past two races. Freshmen Katie Jeffrey and Kristy Connell have each
recorded a top twenty finish this season and Connell led the Lady Seminoles
at the Stanford Invitational on October 2nd.
Other Lady Seminoles who will be competing today include freshman
Misty Harper, who returns from an injury that forced her to miss the South
Florida Invitational, freshman Andrea Dulmage, who finished in FSU’s top
five in all three races she has run in this year, sophomore Brooke Bastien,
a top 50 finisher at the South Florida Invitational, sophomore Erica
Lazarus, who has two top 75 finishes this year, and senior Diana Hartnup,
who was FSU’s second fastest runner at last year’s ACC Championships.
For the men, FSU’s Josh Ware, Tommy Kunish, and Zach Heissner will
attempt to lead the Noles to their highest finish in Championship history.
The Seminoles have never finished higher than seventh place since joining
the conference, but this year the Seminoles have already run well against
some of the conference’s schools.
“We will need to beat Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Maryland to
improve upon last year’s finish,” said Irving. “We are missing three of
our top runners from last year’s Championships, but I feel that the team is
prepared both mentally and physically to run well today.”
Running alongside Heissner, Kunish and Ware will be sophomore Ryan
Atkins, a co-captain along with Ware, senior Michael Maier, a top 20
finisher at the South Florida Invitational, freshman Aaron Caruso, FSU’s
top finisher at the West Florida Invitational, sophomore Dave Stuart, a
32nd-place finish at the South Florida Invitational, and freshman Nick
Stuart, who led the Seminoles at the Auburn Bank Invitational on October
The Seminoles will be without top newcomer Maarten van den Huevel
who suffered a back injury during a training session last month.
Teams to beat at the ACC Championships will be North Carolina State
on the men’s side and for the women, North Carolina should contend for the
title along with North Carolina State.
“N.C. State should be the dominating team at this year’s meet,”
said Irving. “They could go 1-5 on the men’s side, they are so deep.”
Florida State will return to action on November 13th for the NCAA
Region IX Championships at Auburn University.