Sept. 18, 2009
BLASKBURG, Va. – The Florida State cross country teams wrapped up another successful meet in the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational where the No. 3 nationally-ranked women dominated the 4.6K run by posting 26 points to take first place with the No. 23 men earning second place with a total of 50 points. Atlantic Coast Conference rival and host Virginia Tech nabbed the men’s title while their women took third.
The women’s squad crushed the opposition by placing seven Seminoles in the top 10. Leading FSU on the warpath was team co-captain Pilar McShine with her second place finish of 16:25.2 alongside newcomer Pasca Cheruiyot who quickly followed in third place with a time of 16:25.8. Freshman Jessica Parry showed her garnet and gold with an impressive sixth-place finish in 16:43.4, while Amanda Quick (16:44.2) and Jennifer Dunn (16:45.4) earned seventh and eighth place, respectively. Rounding off the top 10 would be freshman Andrea Palen in ninth place with a time of 16:48.7 and tenth place belonging to senior Christina Woytalewicz finishing in 17:00.9.
“Pilar and Pasca were just cruising,” FSU women’s head coach Karen Harvey said.“Pilar ran almost 30 second faster than she did the year before. She looked like she was in complete control. Pasca just ran with her, right on her shoulder. They really paced the team well.
“Then you have the next five runners who all ran well. Some of them improved by almost a minute. They really ran awesome. This was one of our hardest training weeks. We ran really hard going into this meet. There is a lot of depth on this team. This is the type of thing we need to see right now.”
The Seminole men were able to improve their times from the 2008 meet while also continuing training with three top 10 finishes. Pacing the Seminoles was Daniel Roberts in fourth place with a time of 23:49.8 with freshmen Wes Rickman quickly following with a time of 24:04.3 to take sixth place. Rounding off the top 10 was newcomer Ciaran O’Lionard in eighth place with a time of 24:31.4.
“We did really well today,” FSU men’s head coach Bob Braman said. “Last year Luke Gunn won it in 24:09 and this year Daniel ran it under 24 minutes and Wes Rickman finished in 24:01 so we did well. We didn’t run Jared Bell, Matt Leeder, Mike Fout or Justin Harbor. We are going to try to get these guys ready for Notre Dame. Our kids made good effort, but we are not quite ready to beat a team like Virginia Tech. Wes did a really nice job. He should be the top freshman in the ACC this year.”