Nov. 18, 2005
Off to the Races
The No. 16 Florida State men’s cross country team is headed to the 2005 NCAA
Last Time Out
The Seminoles took second place at the NCAA South Region Championships to earn an automatic berth into the NCAA National Championships. Senior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland) led the way for Florida State running a personal best 10K of 29:42.22 and in the process taking second place. Junior Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England) was next as he finished in seventh with a time of 30:24.06. Senior Sean Burris (Rockledge, Fla.) then crossed the finish line with a personal best of 30:40.15 in 13th and was followed closely by junior Phil Nichols (Wolverhampton, England) who took 14th with a time of 30:46.88. Senior Kevin Cook (Fern Park, Fla.) rounded out the Seminoles scoring as he finished in 31:13.26, good for 20th place. The Seminoles’ final finishers were sophomores Luke Beevor (Luton, England) and Chris Nickinson (Pensacola, Fla.) who took 29th (31:40.77) and 61st (32:52.73), respectively.
Third Times a Charm
This will be the third consecutive year in a row that the Seminoles will make the trip to the NCAA National Championships. The Seminoles have been steadily improving each year. In 2003, they finished in 29th with 733 points and then in 2004, they took 17th with 438 points.
2004 NCAA National Championships
Lemoncello was the Seminoles first finisher as he took 50th with a time of 32:00. Tom Lancashire then came in 72nd with a time of 32:17.7. Former Seminoles Eddie Rodriguez and Ian Hornabrook placed 125th (32:52.2) and 154th (33:08.4), respectively. While Burris rounded out FSU’s scoring taking 177th in 33:24.3.
Record Breaking Point Totals
The Seminoles have recorded school record low point totals in their last two meets. Florida State recorded 47 points in their second place finish at the South Regionals, which was only seven points behind champion Alabama. The Seminoles’ 47 points is their lowest point total ever at the NCAA South Regionals, 12 points lower then when they were champions in 2004. At the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships the Seminoles recorded a 38 point finish which was 10 points lower then their previous low from 2004. Their 38 points was also the lowest score for a second place team in the ACC Championships since FSU joined the conference.
The Seminoles depth has started to show as the season has progressed. For instance, at the South Regional FSU could have replaced the score of their top finisher (Lemoncello – 1 point) with the score of their sixth finisher (Beevor – 27 points) and still have finished in second place. Florida State finished 30 points ahead of their next closest competitor Florida.
Andrew Lemoncello will be remembered as one of the best runners in Florida State cross country history no matter what happens at nationals. Looking at the senior’s progress through his career it leaves one to belief that his last race could be his best ever. In his last two races he has set two personal bests. He took second at the South Regional with a personal 10K best of 29:42.22. At the ACC Championships he ran a personal 8K best of 23:43.1 to win his second consecutive ACC Individual Championship and in the process set a new FSU 8K record, previously held by Larry Greene with a time of 23:47 set in 1980.
Sophomore Laura Bowerman has been the catalyst for the FSU women’s cross country team all season long as she was the team’s first finisher in all six races. Bowerman has showed significant improvement from her freshman year and through this season. Bowerman earned her spot at the national championships after running a personal best 6K time of 20:52.59 and finishing in seventh. Her time of 20:52.59 is the third fastest 6K in FSU cross country history. Bowerman also earned All-South Region Team honors for the second consecutive year.