Nov. 13, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State competes in just one more meet in hopes of acquiring qualifying marks to gain an automatic bid to nationals: The 2008 South Regional Championships. The Seminoles will travel to Tennessee this weekend to compete at regionals on the Lambert Acres Golf Club in Maryville, Tenn.
The women will hit the 6K course first at 10 a.m. to face 24 schools including No. 2 Florida and No. 3 Tennessee. The 2007 regional champions will face stiff competition as Florida and Tennessee both finished in the top five last year. Junior Susan Kuijken (Nijmegen, Netherlands) is expected to lead the Seminoles once again this year as she placed first in last year’s run. Kuijken also holds the course record for her 2006 performance at regionals with a finish time of 20:54.1. Former Seminole Vicky Gill, who took first in 2002, holds the second all-time record at Lambert Acres.
“Our team is looking to run a smart race and continue working on being better,” said women’s head coach Karen Harvey. “We have a job to do which is to qualify for the NCAA championships. Our region is very strong and we do not want to take the qualification lightly.”
Shortly after the women finish, Florida State’s men cross country team will hit the 10K course to compete against 22 other teams including defending champions Alabama and No. 12 Auburn. The men took second at last year’s race with senior Luke Gunn (Derby, England) leading the Seminoles with a time of 30:28.24.
“In the sport of cross country, there are only two meets that count: regionals and nationals,” said men’s head coach Bob Braman. “We’ve been looking forward to this meet since August 15th; we are really excited to compete.”
Both the men and women’s cross country team had a total of 12 All-Regional runners at last year’s race with the women bringing in seven and men placing five student-athletes on the list.
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