Sept. 5, 1999
PENSACOLA, Fla. — The Florida State men’s and women’s cross country teams sent their “B” teams to the West Florida Invitational on Saturday, and came away with a win in both the men’s and women’s competition.
The Invitational marked the first race of a nine-race schedule for Florida State. The “A” teams will run for the first time of the season on September 18th, at the ACC Preview in Chapel Hill, NC. Head Coach Scott Irving was pleased with the results from a young, inexperienced group in the first race of the season.
“West Florida is always a great meet for our men’s and women’s B-team runners to start the season,” said Irving. “With the exception of four upperclassmen all the other runners have had no collegiate experience whatsoever in cross country.”
Leading the way for the men in the four-mile race were four true freshmen, Aaron Caruso (22:06), Ryan Hicks (22:14), Danny Fritz (22:22) and Nathan Timm, who tied with sophomore Brady Thomas at 22:59. The men’s point total, 22, was their lowest ever at this competition, and it was 10 points better than last year’s point total.
For the women, senior Diana Hartnup led a young group of freshmen and sophomores to victory. Hartnup, who battled injuries all summer, paced the Lady Seminoles with a time of 13:02. Following Hartnup in the two-mile race were freshman Misty Harper (13:12), sophomore Brooke Bastian (13:32), a transfer from Jacksonville University, freshman Sarah Bergeron (13:41), and sophomore Sandra Murphy (14:05).
Both teams will have next weekend off before heading to Chapel Hill, NC for the ACC Preview.