Sept. 4, 2007
Greensboro, N.C. – For the first time in each of their Florida State careers, senior Mark Buckingham and sophomore All-America Susan Kuijken have been tabbed as the ACC Cross Country Performers of the Week. Both Seminole runners finished first individually in last Friday’s Covered Bridge Open, as the men’s and women’s team took first and second in their respective races.
This marks the first Performer of the Week nod for the Seminole men since October 2006 and the first for the women since October 2002.
“Obviously these are two of our leaders,” said head coach Bob Braman of Kuijken and Buckingham. “These are two of our best people and they started off the way we really needed them to. They led the team and they did a great job.”
Buckingham (Huddersfield, England) secured his first collegiate career victory as he clocked in at 25:33.45 in the men’s 8k race in Boone, N.C. A transfer from Sheffield Hallam University, Buckingham was named to the 2006 NCAA All-South Region Team in his first cross country season with the Seminoles.
Kuijken (Nijmegen, Netherlands) took her first individual victory of the season finishing at 18:00.03–a full 18 seconds ahead of her nearest competition–in the women’s 5k race, hosted by Appalachian State. Kuijken highlighted a stellar freshman year with selections to the 2006 NCAA Cross Country All-America and 2007 NCAA Track All-America lists, as well as being named the 2006 NCAA South Region Athlete of the Year.
“It’s exciting to get a Seminole sweep on the first weekend of the year,” said Braman. “I’m also real excited about their performances in leading their team to a great start.”
Andrew Lemoncello, a six-time Performer of the Week selection, was the last such selection for the Seminole men on Oct. 16, 2006. On the women’s side, Vicky Gill was the second and last Seminole recognized with the weekly ACC honor on Oct. 21, 2002.