Feb. 17, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After having one of its most successful seasons in school history, the Florida State’s women’s cross country team signed two new talents in hopes of achieving new accomplishments for the program. Amanda Winslow (Suwanee, Ga.) and Jessica Parry (London, Ontario) will put on the Garnet and Gold for the 2009 cross country season.
Winslow will join the Seminoles with a long list of accomplishments. Winslow, a four-time individual state champion, broke the Georgia High School Association Cross Country Championship course record in the 1500m with a stellar time of 18:00.27 last year. Winslow also reset her personal record in the 1600m run with 4:48.35 and placed first at the GHSA Girls’ State Meet. She was named an All-American last June for her fourth-place finish in the Nike Outdoor National meet.
“Amanda Winslow showed her true potential in cross country this past year,” women’s head coach Karen Harvey said. “She was undefeated all the way to the Nike Team Nationals meet and also set course records and personal bests along the way. We look forward to seeing her toughness and new found confidence on the track this spring in her final year of high school competition. We are thrilled she is joining the Seminoles and will be part of the warpath next fall.”
Jessica Parry joins the Seminoles next fall to help Florida State reach new heights with her lofty resume. Parry, a two-time gold medalist at the 2007 Canadian Junior Championship, set the Canadian junior record in the 1500m at the Commonwealth Youth Games with a time of 4:20.59. The OFSAA gold medalist was rewarded in 2008 for her success as she carried the flag for Canada in the opening ceremony at the Commonwealth Youth Games.
“Jessica Parry is one of the future stars for women’s middle distance running in Canada,” Harvey added. “Being a Canadian myself, I understand what that meant to sign her to Florida State. Not only was this a special signing as a fellow Canadian, but Jessica is currently a world-class junior competitor. She is very passionate about running and competing. I look forward to guiding this young lady to all her dreams.”