Nov. 19, 2003
Tallahassee – Freshman Tom Lancashire is one of Florida State cross country’s varsity squad runners. The Bolton, England native has been a welcomed addition to the Noles squad helping the men to their first NCAA National Championships berth in 22 years. Lancashire ran a season best time 10K time at the NCAA South Regionals completing the course in a time of 31:35.00. He finished 113th at the Great American Cross Country Festival with a time of 28:16.3 and posted a time of 26:18.1 for the 8K course at the NCAA Pre-Nationals meet.
Prior to joining the Garnet and Gold, the Turton High School standout, who also played soccer and swam while in school, was the second fastest all-time 18U runner in England with a time of 3:44.61 in the 1500m. Lancashire represented England at the 2003 World Cross Country Championships.
Sports Information sat down with Lancashire to get a perspective of his decision to come to Florida State and his transition into running, school and life.
How did you become interested in Florida State and why did you choose to join the Noles?
I sent out a (curriculum vitae) to a few coaches over here. Then we did calling and emailing. In the end, I looked at (FSU), Michigan, Arizona State and Villanova. I looked at the flexibility of the coach. With a lot of the coaches, it was either their way or the highway. I wanted it to be as consistent as possible. That’s one thing I liked about Coach Braman – he works with me on training and getting better. It was a tough decision to make but in the end, I’m very happy with my choice to attend Florida State.
What is the biggest difference between training here and training back home in England?
The first difference is the weather mainly because it’s great to be out here training in shorts and a t-shirt all year long. Also, the schedule is kind of different than what I was on back home but Coach Braman and I tried to work together to make it as smooth a transition as possible. The types of workouts have changed slightly and the mileage is a little higher than I did before.
What changes have you noticed since you began competing against runners here in the United States?
It’s weird because back home I knew everyone I was racing against. I could look and say, ‘I know I have to beat this guy and I know I can beat that guy.’ Whereas here I don’t know anyone and I don’t know what to expect. I’m just getting a feel of things. The first three races I didn’t feel right. But lately I’ve been coming along and getting a better idea of where I should be and how I should finish.
How has moving to the United States and going to college changed your life outside of school and sports?
A large group of athletes live together and come in close contact. That’s definitely different than what I’m used to. Back home, I see other athletes when I’m training or when I’m racing but not much outside of that. Here you’re in it almost all the time. It’s good in a way but in other ways you’re seeing the same people all the time. It’s cool; I’m really enjoying it.
Do you have any siblings and are they involved in sports?
We’re a sporting family in general. I have an older brother who’s 25 and an older sister who’s 23, who competed in sports while they were in school. I also have a younger sister who’s 16. She’s a good runner but is more interested in competing for a spot on the netball team in England.