Nov. 1, 1999
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The Florida State men’s and women’s cross
country teams each came away with eighth place finishes Monday at the ACC
Championships in Chapel Hill, N.C. North Carolina won the women’s
competition and North Carolina State took the men’s crown.
In the women’s race, North Carolina narrowly defeated runner-up
N.C. State, 44 to 56. The Virginia Cavaliers were third behind the
Wolfpack and Tar Heels while Wake Forest, Duke, Clemson and Georgia Tech
finished next. Florida State finished ahead of Maryland in eighth place
with 214 points.
Leading the way for the Lady Seminoles, was freshman Katie Jeffrey
with a time of 18:42. Jeffrey, running in only the third collegiate race
of her career, finished in 25th place. Junior Cynthia Campbell, who was
the top runner for FSU in last year’s ACC Championships, finished in 43rd
place with a time of 19:17. Freshman Andrea Dulmage continued to excel in
her first year of collegiate racing. Dulmage ran in FSU’s top five for the
fourth consecutive time, finishing as FSU’s third fastest runner and 50th
overall. Senior Diana Hartnup finished four seconds behind Dulmage in 51st
place. Freshman Misty Harper returned from an injury to run a time of
20:06 and a 55th place finish. Sophomore Brook Bastien (20:37 – 60th),
sophomore Erica Lazarus (21:05 – 62nd) and freshman Kristy Connell (22:01 –
65th) rounded out the finishers for FSU.
On the men’s side, Chan Pons of North Carolina State led the
Wolfpack to the ACC Championship with a time of 24:19. Pons was followed
closely by his brother Corby Pons and two other teammates. North Carolina
State had seven finishers in the top 10. The Seminoles finished in eighth
place with 218 points. Following the Wolfpack (16 pts.) were the Duke Blue
Devils (70), Wake Forest (99), Virginia (106), Clemson (126), Georgia Tech
(162) and North Carolina (179).
For FSU, senior Josh Ware finished under 26 minutes for the second
time this year. Ware (25:58 – 26th) is the only Seminole runner to
accomplish that feat this season. Finishing as FSU’s second fastest runner
for the third time in a 1999 race, sophomore Zach Heissner continued to
stay hot. Heissner led the Noles at the Stanford Invitational in October
and finished in 35th place with a time of 26:37 on Monday.
Completing the scoring for FSU were sophomore Dave Stuart (27:08 –
52nd), sophomore Ryan Atkins (27:38 – 58th) and senior Michael Maier (27:41
– 59th). Freshman Aaron Caruso finished his first ACC Championship race in
62nd place with a time of 28:00. Fellow freshman Nick Stuart finished
right behind him in 65th place with a time of 28:27 and Tommy Kunish, who
had led the Seminoles two weeks ago at the South Florida Invitational,
finished the race 67th with a time of 29:23.
Florida State will compete in the NCAA Region IX Championships on
November 13th in Auburn, Ala.