Nov. 10, 2001
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. –
The Florida State University men’s and women’s cross country teams both placed third overall Saturday morning at the NCAA South Region Championship, just missing an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship. The third-place finish is the best ever for the men’s and the women’s squad. All-South honors for the men went to Joep Tigchelaar (5th-place), Kim Bergdahl (7th), Dave Guerra (20th) and Maarten Van Den Heuvel (21st). For the women, All-South honorees are Vicky Gill (4th-place), Natalie Hughes (9th) and Katie Jeffrey (24th). Jeffrey, who is a junior, has earned all-region honors for the third year in a row.
The men fell one point short to runner-up Tennessee with a score of 85. The University of Alabama won the regional championship after turning in a score of 55 points. The men’s individual title went to Alabama’s David Kimani, who ran the 10K course at 30:06.43. FSU’s Tigchelaar was the top finisher among all freshmen runners.
In women’s action, the Lady Seminoles finished with a score of 113, just behind runner-up South Florida (102) and NCAA South Region champion Georgia Tech (54). Georgia Tech’s Renee Metivier won the individual women’s title, crossing the finish line of the 6K-course at 20:20.39. FSU’s Hughes was the top finisher among freshmen runners.
Individual automatic bids to the NCAA championship were given to FSU’s Tigchelaar and Bergdahl for the men and to Gill for the women. These three Seminoles will still compete for the NCAA individual title even if neither the men’s or women’s squad is granted an at-large bid to the NCAA championship.
In regional championship competition, the top two teams automatically advance to the NCAA National Championship. The at-large bids, which the FSU men and women both look to receive, will be announced Monday, November 12, at noon.
FSU Men's Top Five Finishers 5. Joep Tigchelaar, 31:00.67 7. Kim Bergdahl, 31:17.35 20. Dave Guerra, 32:01.84 21. Maarten Van Den Heuvel, 32:02.28 35. Nick Stuart, 32:26.87