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Florida State Cross Country Prepares To Win Big At NCAA National Championship

Nov. 17, 2006


“We’re really excited that the men are ranked in the Top 10 and have a chance to challenge the 1981 FSU squad’s best finish of 8th,” Head Coach Bob Braman said. “It’s going to take our best race of the year to realize that goal.”

The men, who enter the race ranked number 10 in the nation, are led by senior captains Andrew Lemoncello and Tom Lancashire.

“This is the last time around for Andrew and Tom and I know they’ll both be gunning for All-America honors,” Braman said. “Andrew looks to improve on his 21st place finish of last year and is a true Top 10 individual candidate.”

The women ranked as high as number 12 during the season but enter the nationals with an at-large bid and ranked at 29th.

“It’s good to have the ladies back in the NCAA Nationals after a two-year absence,” Braman said. “But our goals are much higher than simply getting there. They’ve beaten four of the nine Region champions during the year and five of the other seven ACC qualifying teams.”

The women’s highest NCAA Championship finish is 18th at the 2003 meet overall and this year Coach Braman knows they have a legitimate chance of finishing much higher. The women’s team is led by South Region Individual Champion Susan Kuijken and senior Barbara Parker, who sat out of the regionals in order to be in her best shape for the national meet.

“Susan comes off of a wonderful win at the South Region,” Braman said. “She beat former Seminole All-American Vicky Gill’s course record from 2002. She has a great shot at earning All-America honors as she is peaking at the right time.”

Results will be posted on Seminoles.com following the race. For more NCAA cross country news, go to ncaasports.com.

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