Oct. 3, 1999
PALO ALTO, CA. — The Florida State men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to the campus of Stanford University this weekend to run against some of the country’s best teams at the Stanford Invitational. Head Coach Scott Irving took six runners from each of the men’s and women’s teams to Palo Alto, Calif., for Saturday’s race. The women came away with a 20th place finish while the men came in 18th. Host Stanford won both the women’s 5K and men’s 8K races.
In only her second race for FSU, freshman Kristy Connell led the Lady Seminoles finishing in 100th place with a time of 19:07. Connell finished as FSU’s second fastest runner in her first collegiate race two weeks ago in Tuscaloosa, Ala., at the Crimson Classic. FSU junior Cynthia Campbell was FSU’s second fastest finisher of the day (114th – 19:21). It was the first time in eight races Campbell had not led the Lady Seminoles. Freshman Katie Jeffrey, running in her first collegiate race, finished as FSU’s third fastest runner (123rd – 19:29). Jeffrey, from Canada, returned after missing FSU’s first two races with a leg injury.
Rounding out the finishers for FSU were freshman Andrea Dulmage (139th – 19:41), senior Diana Hartnup (142nd – 19:46) and sophomore Brooke Bastien (157th – 20: 15).
For the men, sophomore Zach Heissner continued to excel early for the Seminoles, with a time of 26:37 and a 76th place finish. It was the first time Heissner had led the Noles since the first race of his collegiate career last year as a freshman. Following Heissner was senior Josh Ware with a time of 27:02 good enough for 92nd place. Sophomore Tommy Kunish continued to run consistently for the Seminoles (103rd – 27:23). Kunish finished as FSU’s third fastest runner for the second time in his young collegiate career and in FSU’s top five for the seventh time in his career.
The next three finishers for FSU were sophomore Ryan Atkins (106th – 27:28), freshman Maarten van den Huevel (107th – 27:31) and freshman Aaron Caruso (124th – 27:59).
The Seminoles will be back in action on October 15th, at the Florida Intercollegiates in Tampa, Fla., on the campus of the University of South Florida.