Nov. 14, 1999
AUBURN, Ala. — The Florida State men’s and women’s cross country
teams finished up their seasons Saturday at the Region IX Championships.
The women’s team earned a top 10 finish while the men took 15th place.
South Florida won the women’s 5K and Southern Miss won the men’s 10,000
Leading the way for the Florida State women was true freshman Katie
Jeffrey. Jeffrey, running in only her third career race, finished 15th
with a time of 17:30. The mark eclipsed Cynthia Campbell’s 10th fastest
time of 17:40, set last year at the Auburn Invitational. It’s the fastest
time by an FSU women in 18 years. Following Jeffrey’s record-setting
performance was Campbell in 26th place with a time of 17:47, her fastest
time since her record-setting run last season. Freshman Kristy Connell was
the next fastest Lady Seminole in 86th place with a time of 18:56. Misty
Harper (100th – 19:11) and Erica Lazarus (122nd – 19:44) rounded out the
scoring to secure FSU’s 10th-place finish.
On the men’s side, FSU senior Josh Ware led the Seminoles with a
time of 31:15, finishing in 30th place. Ware was followed by freshman
Maarten van den Heuvel, who finished in 63rd place with a time of 32:02.
Sophomore Dave Stuart recorded his highest finish of the year for FSU,
finishing as FSU’s third fastest runner in 80th place with a time of 32:28.
Freshman Aaron Caruso followed Stuart for FSU with a time of 32:53 and
103rd place. Senior Michael Maier running in his final race for FSU,
closed out his career with a 105th place performance and a time of 32:58.
Sophomore Zach Heissner, who had not finished out of FSU’s top two in five
previous races, finished in 121st place with a time of 33:46. Freshman
Ryan Hicks obtained valuable experience for the future as he completed his
first Region IX Championship race in 142nd place with a time of 35:01.
The Region IX Championships marked the final race of the 1999 cross
country season for Florida State.