Oct. 17, 2006
Tallahassee, Fla. – The National Cross Country men’s poll for week four had some new faces in the top ten, including Florida State. The Seminoles lingered at the bottom of the list in the first three polls, only ranking as high as 21st in week one. But their second place finish at the Pre-Nationals on October 14th launched the men up 19 spots from No. 27 to No. 8, making them the highest ranked ACC School in the nation.
“I’m very excited for the guys,” Head Coach Bob Braman said. “Hopefully this is a sign of things to come as we enter the championship season in the coming weeks.”
At the Pre-Nationals over the weekend, the men entered the blue race competing against top-ten teams Arizona, Oklahoma State and Colorado who took home the championship over the weekend. Senior Andrew Lemoncello’s (St. Andrews, Scotland) fifth-place individual finish was not only higher than all seven scorers from Colorado’s squad, but it also earned him ACC Performer of the Week honors.
“We were able to get several quality wins over ranked opponents at the Pre-Nationals,” Braman said. “This will put us in a great position for the NCAA Regionals. But we have to contend with a very good NC State team in two weeks at the ACC’s. They are also ranked in the top ten, so there’s no time to rest on our laurels.”
NC State had out-ranked the Seminoles in polls for weeks two and three, but with the Wolfpack at No. 9 this week their reign as the highest ranked team in the conference has come to an end.
Florida State will try to maintain the lead as all 12 ACC schools compete in the ACC Championships on Saturday, October 28th. The meet is hosted by the University of Virginia and will take place at Panorama Farms in Charlottesville, Virginia.