Oct. 3, 2006
Tallahassee, Fla. – The week two polls released on Tuesday, October 3rd by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) ranks Florida State’s women’s cross country team in the top 15 for the first time in the program’s history. The Seminoles rank at No. 13, making them the second highest ranked ACC team on the poll next to North Carolina State at No. 5.
“I’m really excited for our ladies,” Head Coach Bob Braman stated. “But I really believe we can do even better by season’s end.” The women’s team started at No. 19 in the pre-season polls, but dropped a few spots in week one because they didn’t compete. “This is a testament to their hard work and I’m glad that they’re being recognized nationally now for the excellence.”
The women’s team competed at the Notre Dame Invitational on September 29th and placed fourth out of 19 teams which included six higher ranked teams. The Seminoles beat three of those teams, No. 7 Illinois as well as No. 25 North Carolina and No. 27 Georgia.
The women placed three runners in the top twenty at the ND Invite, with freshman Susan Kuijken (Nijmejor, Netherlands/Steoelijk Gymnasium) scoring the first points for the women, crossing the line in second place with a time of 16:52. Senior Barbara Parker (Norfolk, England/Loughborough) was 15th across with a time of 17:13, junior transfer Amy Huss (Vanderbilt) came right after in 16th with a mark of 17:14, senior Abi Wilshire (Knowls, Bristol, England/Birmingham) finished in 43rd with a 17:41 time and junior co-captain Kirsten Hagen (Christiansburg) rounded-out the scoring as she clocked in at 17:44 in 48th place.
The women will compete again this weekend as the Seminoles host the FSU Invitational on Saturday, October 7th at the Miccosukee Greenway.