October 27, 2000 - by
FSU Cross Country Teams Set To Compete At The ACC Championships

Oct. 27, 2000

TALLAHASSEE, FLa. – The Florida State men’s and women’s cross
country teams will compete at the ACC Championships in Raliegh, N.C. at the
University Club Course on Saturday, Oct. 28th. The Seminoles will look to
build onto an already impressive season that includes a win for each of the
men’s and women’s teams.

Florida State’s women’s team has been paced all season by
freshman Amy Plekaitis. Plekaitis has led the Lady Seminoles in every race
this season, bringing them a first place finish and two top five finishes.
Her top finish was at the Florida Intercollegiate Championships where she
finished in first-place, with a time of 17:55 and led the Lady Noles to their
first-place team finish. The women are currently ranked 2nd in the South
Region. If they can maintain this ranking through the rest of the season
they will automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships, to be held in
Ames, Iowa November 20th.

A pleasant surprise for the men’s team has been sophomore Nick
Stuart. Stuart has led the men all season, while senior Josh Ware has been
forced to sit out with injuries. Sophomore Ryan Hicks, who has also excelled
this season, hopes to bring the Seminole team to their first ever top five
finish. The Seminoles are currently ranked eighth in the South Region, this
currently ties them with the highest ranking ever held for the men’s
team.

The women’s 5K race will begin at 10 a.m. followed by the
men’s 8K race at 10:45. The top ten runners in each race will be named
to the 2000 ACC All-Conference Team and the top true freshman in each race
will be honored as the ACC Freshman of the Year.

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