Oct. 15, 2005
Terre Haute, Ind. – The Florida State No. 17 men’s and women’s cross country teams made a huge impact at the NCAA Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind. on Saturday, October 15, 2005. The men’s team finished in seventh place of 33 teams with 255 points and the women’s team finished in 13th place of 36 teams with 371 points.
“I felt like we had solid efforts on both sides today,” said head coach Bob Braman. “The women should be ranked third in the regional now and the men should be a solid number two. They are getting better and have trained hard. We made a lot of progress today.”
The men’s team finished 6 points ahead of their next closest competition, No. 21 Indiana, who finished in 8th place with 261 points. The women’s team finished 75 points ahead of their next closest competition, LaSalle, who finished in 14th place with 446 points.
Stanford won the men’s 8K with 89 points and Michigan won the women’s 6K with 86 points.
Senior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland / Stirling) finished the race in fourth place with a time of 23:49, one second shy of tying his collegiate personal best 8K. At the 2004 Notre Invitational in South Bend, Ind. Lemoncello ran a collegiate personal best 8K of 23:48.
Senior Sean Burris (Rockledge, Fla. / USF) was the next Seminole to cross the finish line, as he placed 37th in a time of 24:27. Junior Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England / Turton) also crossed the finish line with a time of 24:27 in 39th place. Junior Phil Nichols (Wolverhampton, England / Birmingham) was just seconds behind Burris and Lancashire as he finished the 8K in 24:43 in 60th place. Sophomore Luke Beevor (Luton, England / Icknield) rounded out the Seminoles’ top five as he placed 115th with a time of 25:14.
“I feel like we did a really good job through four, and we are getting there at five, six and seven,” said Braman. “There was a big gap between the fourth and fifth spots today and that is how Virginia beat us there by 3 points. So at the conference meet that puts Virginia there as the favorite and that puts us right there behind them.”
Sophomore Laura Bowerman (Terrance Temple, Fla. / King) set a collegiate personal best 6K with a time of 20:41 as she finished in seventh place. Bowerman’s previous collegiate personal best 6K was 21:19.70 which she ran at the 2004 NCAA South Regional Champions in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Junior Abigail Wilshire (Bristol, England / Birmingham) was the next Seminole to finish as she took 69th place with a time of 21:48. Freshman Lydia Willemse (Forest, Ontario / St. Christopher) was steps behind Wilshire as she finished in 21:52, good for 76th place. Sophomore Kirsten Hagen (Blacksburg, Va. / Christiansburg) and freshman Amanda Hahn (Gainesville, Fla. / Gainesville) rounded out Florida State’s scoring as they finished in 95th place (22:07) and 124th place (22:25), respectively.
“We are pretty excited about the up coming championship season and that is where our focus is,” said Braman. “I think we are right where we need to be.”
The Seminoles will be back in action on Monday, October 31, 2005 as they will host the 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships at the Miccosukee Greenway.