Nov. 21, 2005
Terre Haute, Ind. – The No. 16 Florida State men’s cross country team wrapped up their season with a top 20 finish at the 2005 NCAA National Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Monday, November 21. The Seminoles were the first conference and region team to finish, as they took 18th with 471 points.
“It was our third year in a row at nationals and we are real proud of that,” said head coach Bob Braman. “We were the top team from the ACC and the south region, so we beat all of our rivals which was good. It was a good solid effort for the guys and we are proud to be a top 20 team. It was not perfect and that is the trick at nationals to be at your best. I felt like we could have been a little bit better. We would like to put one together at nationals one time and get that top ten. There have been teams that we have beaten during the year that have finished in the top ten so we know we can do it.”
Florida State was led by senior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland) who capped off his remarkable cross country career by earning All-America honors. Lemoncello finished the 10K in 21st with a time of 30:07.5. Lemoncello is FSU’s first male athlete to earn All-America honors in cross country since Herb Willis in 1981. The senior also earned All-American honors during the 2005 outdoor track and field season for his performance in the 3000m steeplechase when he set a school record of 8:30.12 to finish fourth at nationals. FSU’s last All-American honors in cross country were earned by Natalie Hughes and Vicky Gill for the women’s team in 2003.
“Andrew made All-American so that was a big deal especially since we haven’t had a cross country All-American since 1981 on the men’s side,” said Braman. “It is quite an honor to be on a very small list. All-American is tough. We come up here and run in 30 degree weather with 30 mile an hour winds and it is always a challenge for us.”
Junior Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England) was the next Seminole to finish as he took 77th with a time of 30:47.4. Senior Kevin Cook (Fern Park, Fla.) then crossed the finish line in 158th with a time of 31:29.4. A few steps behind Cook was junior Phil Nichols (Wolverhampton, England) who took 163rd in 31:31.4. Senior Sean Burris (Rockledge, Fla.) rounded out Florida State’s scoring as he placed 175th in 31:41.3.
Sophomore Laura Bowerman (Temple Terrance, Fla.), who earned an individual at-large selection for the women’s team, finished the 6K in 21:19.9, good for 127th.
“Laura ran hard,” said Braman. “I don’t think it was the perfect day for her. From what she did at Pre-Nationals she would have been in the top 50 or 60. I felt like she fought very well. It is extremely difficult for an individual to come up here and compete without their team. Laura had a great year and became a better runner. I know she gave it her best but she probably peak about a week or two too early.”
Name Time Place Points
Andrew Lemoncello 30:07.5 21 17
Tom Lancashire 30:47.4 77 57
Kevin Cook 31:29.8 158 125
Phil Nichols 31:31.4 163 130
Sean Burris 31:41.3 175 142
Luke Beevor 31:52.3 195 160
Chris Nickinson 33:02.2 244 206
Laura Bowerman 21:19.9 127