Nov. 19, 2004
Tallahassee, Fla. – The No. 18 Florida State men’s cross country team travels to Terre Haute, Ind., for the 2004 NCAA Cross Country National Championships, taking place at LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center. The men’s start time is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. EST.
Background at Nationals
The men’s and women’s teams competed in the 2003 NCAA National Championships at the University of Northern Iowa. The temperature around start time was minus three degrees. The men finished 29th ahead of conference foe Virginia. Joep Tigchelaar was disqualified from the race for running out of bounds but Luke Beevor stepped up for the Noles to place 100th overall and first for Florida State with a 10K course time that was two seconds off his personal-best and regional meet mark of 21:04.8.
Recap from Regionals
The18th-ranked men’s cross country team won its first NCAA South Region Team Championship in FSU-school history on November 13 at the Harry Pritchard Golf Course in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Junior Andrew Lemoncello (5th place), Eddy Rodriguez (8th), Tom Lancashire (12th) and Ian Hornabrook (13th) were named to the NCAA All-South Region team for their top finishes. This marks the second consecutive season that Florida State had at least four members named to the regional team. Junior Sean Burris, a 2003 honoree with USF, rounded out the top five scorers for FSU. Rodriguez and Hornabrook were repeat recipients of the team honor. Head coach Bob Braman earned regional coaching honors for his team’s school-best performance including four of the top five individuals recording personal best times.
Irish Eyes Are Smiling
The Notre Dame Invitational was the best meet on paper for the Seminoles with four runners posting top-ten all-time 8K records. Lemoncello’s 23:48 mark earned him fourth place at the prestigious meet and was good enough for second in the top-ten, all-time 8K record books. Lemoncello almost bested Larry Greene’s 23:47 time, a mark set almost 24 years ago. Lancashire, Rodriguez and Burris also ran top-ten 8K best times earning spots of fifth, sixth and seventh with their marks. Seven of the top ten men’s 8K times have been set during the Bob Braman era.
Atlantic Coast Conference Meet
The No. 11 FSU men were edged by a single point in the team placing, taking second place for the second time in conference championships history to perennial champion N.C. State. The men’s team posted the lowest point total (48) in their 13 seasons of ACC competition and it was the closest finish in league history. FSU set a school record with the most All-ACC cross country selections (4). Lemoncello, who won three ACC Performer of the Week honors, is the first Seminole to win the individual league championship.
The men’s cross country team won the 2004 Golden Torch Award for the FSU men’s athletics team with the highest GPA…The race will be broadcast on FSN on January 10, 2004 between 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m….Seven of the top times for the men’s 8K have been run under fifth year head coach Bob Braman…