Feb. 1, 2006
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Florida State men’s and women’s cross country teams had a combined four student-athletes earn All-ACC Academic honors. Senior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland), and juniors Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England) and Phil Nichols (Wolverhampton, England) earned the honor for the men’s team while junior Abigail Wilshire (Bristol, England) was the women’s honoree.
“It is a great honor for our teams,” said head coach Bob Braman. “We are real excited to have several student-athletes named to the All-ACC Academic team. Particularly when you consider what great athletes they all are, as they all made the all-region team as well. It is great to have true student-athletes and it is a tribute to their hard work.”
To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his or her academic career.
Lemoncello, an education major who has a 3.26 cumulative grade point average, earned a 3.63 GPA while at the same time finishing 21st at the NCAA National Championships to become the first member of the men’s cross country team to earn All-America accolades since Herb Willis did it in 1981. The St. Andrews, Scotland native won the ACC individual championship for the second year in a row and in the process ran the fastest 8K in FSU history with a time of 23:43.1, previous held by Larry Green (23:47 – 1980). Lemoncello also was named to the All-South Region team after finishing second at the race.
Lancashire is an exercise science major with a 3.92 cumulative grade point average. He earned a perfect 4.00 during cross country season. The Bristol, England native was the second Seminole to cross the finish line at the NCAA National Champions as he finished in 77th place. Lancashire ran extremely well for the Seminoles as he finished in FSU’s top three in all seven race during the fall. His other accolades his 2005 cross country campaign include All-South Region and All-ACC honors.
Nichols who is an education major and a junior transfer earned a 3.50 GPA during his first semester at FSU. The Wolverhampton, England native was one of FSU’s top runners all season as he finished in the top four for FSU in all seven fall events. At the NCAA National Championships he was the fourth Seminole to finish taking 163rd place. Just like Lemoncello and Lancashire, Nichols was a member of both the All-South Region and All-ACC teams.
Wilshire was one of the women’s team top competitors all season as she finished in the top three for FSU in all five events which she ran. The Bristol, England native is a meteorology major and earned a 3.75 GPA in her first semester at FSU. Wilshire had her best performance of the season at the NCAA South Region Championships where she finished in 14th place and earned All-South Region honors. At the ACC Championships, the junior was the second Seminole to cross the finish line as she took 39th place.