Sept. 20, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State senior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland/ Stirling) was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Cross Country Performer of the Week for the week of September 13-19 after winning the FSU Invitational on Saturday, September 17, 2005. The 2004 ACC Cross Country Champion finished the 8K in 24:39.51 and helped lead the Seminoles to a season low 26-point victory.
“Andrew has really picked up where he left off last year,” said head coach Bob Braman. “He looked in top form and we are excited for him to receive that honor. We are really looking forward to more of the same success in the major meets down the road.”
This is the first time in this season that Lemoncello has received ACC Performer of the Week honors and the fourth time in his career. In 2004, Lemoncello took home the award three times. He earned the award for the week of September 14, in his very first race for the Seminoles at Florida State’s only home meet last year, the Florida Intercollegiate. He also claimed the individual championship as he ran the 8K in 25:14.30.
“I got three last year and it would be really good if I could do the same this year,” said Lemoncello. “It is a great honor to be recognized like that. The fact that other people can see what you are doing and how much hard work you are putting in, is always a good feeling.”
The St. Andrews, Scotland native would go onto win the award again for the week of October 4, after he finished fourth at the Notre Dame Invitational and ran a career best 8K of 23:48. Lemoncello then earned the honor for the third time in 2004 as he finished in sixth place at the NCAA Pre-Nationals Meet in a time of 24:03.09.
The Florida State No. 18 men’s and No. 32 women’s cross country teams have both claimed two meet championships this season. In their first event of 2005, at the Covered Bridge Open, the men’s team had a 29-point victory whereas the women’s squad recorded a 38-point win. In the Seminoles next meet, the FSU Invitational, the men’s and women’s teams registered 26 and 33-point wins, respectively.
The Seminoles will participate in the Across the State Relays on Saturday, September 24 in order to raise money for the American Red Cross Disaster Fund, to help those affected by hurricane Katrina. They will return to collegiate action on Friday, October, 30 in South Bend, IN at the Notre Dame Invitational.