October 10, 2003 - by
Florida State Cross Country Sets Its Sights On Victory at The Magic Kingdom

Oct. 10, 2003

Tallahassee – The Seminole men’s and women’s cross-country teams travel to Lake Buena Vista, Fla. this weekend for the 8th Annual Walt Disney World Cross Country Classic held at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex on October 10-11. In 2002, 63 college teams and 169 high schools from across the United States and Canada participated the event. The race will consist of a 5K run for the collegiate women and an 8K run for the collegiate men on Saturday while the high school runners race a 5K run on Friday.

At last week’s Flrunners.com Invite in Tampa, Florida, the FSU secondary placed fifth out of sixteen teams. The Lady Seminoles were led by senior Mari Leitner, who finished with a time of 20:14.63 followed by newcomer Adrienne Lufkin finishing at a pace of 20:42.22.

Overall, the women’s squad will continue their successful season, with the highlight coming before their 4th place finish at the Great American Cross Country Festival. Arguably the best cross country runner in school history, senior Vicki Gill, who earned a sixth year of eligibility twelve minutes before the start of the meet, led the Seminoles with a time of 17:07:20 good for a second place finish. Junior Natalie Hughes, next to cross the finish line in 14th place at 18:15.80, has led the Seminoles all season, crossing the tape first out of all Lady Seminoles.

On the men’s side, the Garnet and Gold have posted three first place victories this season alongside an 11th place finish, against eight ranked opponents, at the Great American Cross Country Festival. Junior Joep Tigchelaar who has posted two top 20 finishes in two meets leads the men alongside emerging sophomore Kevin Cook. Cook finished and first (24:51.48) at the Florida Intercollegiate Championships and third (15:37) at the Mountaineer Open

The schedule for the Walt Disney World Cross Country Classic is as follows:

Friday, October 10, 2003

1:00pm – 6:00pm Packet Pick-up 1:00pm – 2:30pm Course Preview 3:00pm HS 1A Girl’s 5K race 3:40pm HS 1A Boy’s 5K race 4:10pm HS 2A Girl’s 5K race 4:50pm HS 2A Boy’s 5K race 5:20pm HS 1A & 2A Girl’s JV 5K race 6:00pm HS 1A & 2A Boy’s JV 5K race

Saturday, October 11, 2003

6:30am – 10:30am Packet Pick-up 7:00am – 7:30am Course Preview 7:45am University Men’s 8K race 8:55am University Women’s 5K race 9:35am HS 3A Girl’s 5K race 10:15am HS 3A Boy’s 5K race 10:45am HS 4A Girl’s 5K race 11:25am HS 4A Boy’s 5K race 11:55am HS 3A & 4A Girl’s JV 5K race 12:35am HS 3A & 4A Boy’s JV 5K race

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