Sept. 16, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After taking a weekend off to run for charity the Florida State cross country teams will get back into action Friday, September 18, at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational. The Virginia Tech Home Cross Country Course will play host to several schools including Atlantic Coast Conference rivals Wake Forest and host Virginia Tech. The No. 3 nationally-ranked women will kick off the 5K race at 6:00 p.m., while the No. 23 men begin the 8K run at 6:45 p.m.
Representing the garnet and gold for the first time on the women’s team will be newcomers Pasca Cheruiyot and Jessica Parry with team co-captain Pilar McShine leading the way. Veteran Amanda Quick and sophomore Jennifer Dunn also look to improve their times.
“Like the Covered Bridge Open, we are using this the meet to get some more training in mentally and physically,” FSU women’s head coach Karen Harvey said. “We will probably be conservative early and build and work with teammates and deal with running with some traffic.”
On the men’s front, team captain Daniel Roberts alongside Ciaran O’Lionard look to continue improving their times while also guiding freshman Wes Rickman in his first collegiate race wearing garnet and gold. Other Seminoles slated to run are Nick Maedel, Jacob Brooks and Tyler Price.
“We’re excited to see Wes race in a Seminole uniform and we need to continue to develop our young guys for the championship season,” FSU men’s head coach Bob Braman said.
At the 2008 race, both Seminole squads swept the meet with first place finishes. The men dominated the race with four Seminoles crossing the finish line before any other school to post 16 team points. The women were also successful in winning the meet by earning 33 points while having four Seminoles place in the top 10.