Sept. 11, 2004
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State men’s and women’s cross country program won the individual races and team championships for the second consecutive week, this time taking the Florida Intercollegiate Championships title on Saturday morning, September 11, 2004. The men’s team narrowly edged fellow south region school Sanford by three points, posting 30 while the women’s squad recorded 15 points in the university division, sweeping the top seven spots.
Junior transfer Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland/Stirling) and five-time All-American Natalie Hughes (Grand Junction, CO/Palisade) were victorious in the individual races en route to team trophies for both squads.
Lemoncello, who led the race from beginning to end, finished the 8K course in 25:35.20. Redshirt freshman J.P. Cook (Stuart, FL/Martin County) took second place in 25:57.31 followed closely by senior Matt Kalinski (Greenwich, CT/Central Connecticut State). Redshirt freshman Justin Cross (St. Augustine, FL/Nease) and freshman Javier Cruz (Miami, FL/Belen Jesuit) rounded out the Seminoles scoring for the meet championship with times of 26:25.66(5th) and 27:38.96 (6th), respectively. Freshman Alex Miletich (Tallahassee, FL/Lawton Chiles) ran unattached in the meet, finishing first in the non-award results category and second in the overall race in 25:45.02.
Hughes, the senior leader on the women’s squad, crossed the finish line in 17:44.64 taking home collegiate division honors for her performance as well as a share of the team trophy. Freshman Laura Bowerman (Temple Terrace, FL/King) and fellow classmate Kirsten Hagen (Blacksburg, VA/Christiansburg) placed second (17:56.72) and third (18:15.21), respectively with both posting marks three seconds of their personal best marks. Bowerman and Hagen have started strong for the Seminoles, finishing top three in both meets run this season. Sophomore Meredith Urban (Davie, FL/Green Hope – NC) and rookie Cristen Litz (Sarasota, FL/Sarasota) rounded out the scoring for Florida State, taking fourth and fifth in 18:53.41 and 18:54.86, respectively.
The race win is the second consecutive individual and team titles for the Seminoles. Last weekend, sophomore Luke Beevor (Luton, England/Icknield) and Hughes won the Mountaineer Open, en route to the team championships. The win also furthers the men’s team streak at the Florida Intercollegiates to two, with current Tribe member Kevin Cook (Fern Park, FL/Lyman) winning last season’s meet. Two years ago, Giscard Titus took third place but was the first collegiate runner to cross the finish line, earning meet honors.
The Seminoles return to action this weekend, running the Across the State Relay. The Tribe will start in Crystal River, FL and run to Daytona Beach to raise money for the Hurricane Relief Fund.