Sept. 12, 2006
The first polls of the cross country season were released today by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The Florida State women’s team found itself in the top 20 for the first time in the program’s history with a No. 19 ranking. The Seminoles are the third highest ranked ACC team on the poll with Duke and NC State posting at No. 7 and No. 12, respectively, and in the South Region, the team ranked as the second highest just behind Tennessee (No.14).
“This is an exciting beginning for our women’s program,” Head Coach Bob Braman said. “It reflects the hard work that the ladies have put in over the summer and in the early season.”
The women started the year off strong in the first meet of 2006 at the Covered Bridge Open on September 1. The Seminoles finished four athletes in the top 10 and for the second year in a row took home the title of meet champions. Junior Amy Huss was tops on the team with a second-place time of 18:16.54. Also scoring valuable points for the Seminoles was Barbara Parker (18:32.95) in third place, Jessica Crate (18:40.11) in 10th, Kirsten Hagen (18:41.15) in 11th and rounding out the top five, Debbie Huss (18:45.98) in 12th.
“Our focus is on the championship meets in November,” Braman added. “So it may be until then that people get a true look at our potential. It’s exciting stuff.”
The Seminoles have a chance to showcase their hard work at the NCAA South Region Championships on November 11 in Knoxville, Tenn. The women took home second place at the race in 2002 and 2003 and finished third last year.
Florida State cross country, participating in the “Across the State Relay” this weekend, will be back on course at the Great American Invitational in Birmingham, Alabama on September 23.
The rankings will be released weekly on Tuesdays throughout the collegiate cross country season and can be seen at www.ustfccca.org.