Oct. 30, 2004
College Park, Md. – Junior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland/Stirling) won the first Atlantic Coast Conference Cross Country Men’s Championship in Florida State school history on Saturday, October 30, 2004 at the University of Maryland Golf course in College Park. Lemoncello led for the majority of the race but was surpassed by a runner from N.C. State with less than 1000 meters left in the race. He kicked the home stretch and won the meet by 10 meters.
“I can’t say enough about (Andrew),” said head coach Bob Braman. “It’s so hard for someone to go from leading the race to getting caught to come back – it’s unbelievable.
The No. 11 FSU men were edged by a single point in the team placing, taking second place for the second time in conference championships history to perennial champion N.C. State. The men’s team posted the lowest point total (48) in their 13 seasons of ACC competition and it was the closest finish in league history. FSU set a school record with the most All-ACC cross country selections (4). Lemoncello, who won three ACC Performer of the Week honors, is the first Seminole to win the individual league championship.
“This is classic cross country,”said Braman. “It was one point either way between the top two teams. We took the initiative and went out really hard. It wasn’t planned that way but we got so emotional that we just went out there and ran hard. Halfway through the race we were dead in the water – N.C. State really had us. But then our seniors grouped together and worked really hard through the rest of the race. It was really close.”
Senior Ian Hornabrook (Southport, Australia/Rend Lake College) finished seventh in 24:56.9 to earn his second All-ACC honor in as many seasons. Sophomore Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) was the third finisher, taking 11th place in 25:01.0. Senior captain Eddy Rodriguez (Miami, FL/FIU) was right behind Lancashire, with a mark of 25:01.3 and 12th place. Junior Kevin Cook (Fern Park, FL/Lyman) rounded out the top five scorers in 25:24.2 and 17th place.
“We had four guys make All-ACC,” Braman continued. “Ian Hornabrook had a great race. He’s never failed to make All-ACC in two attempts. He comes into the race as our fifth guy and finishes in seventh place overall. Tom and Eddy ran great too. If you look at last year’s results, Tom was 40th. I just can’t say enough about our group.”
Redshirt freshman J.P. Cook (Stuart, FL/Martin County) crossed the line in 26:01.0 (27th place), junior Sean Burris (Rockledge, FL/USF) was sixth for FSU in 26:03.6 (29th place) and sophomore Mike Walsh (Bradenton, FL/Lakewood Ranch) was eighth in 26:17.0.
The women’s team finished in sixth place with 168 points, five points behind fifth place Virginia, for the third time in Seminole history that the team finished in sixth place.
Freshman Laura Bowerman (Temple Terrace, FL/King) crossed the finish line first for the Seminoles for the first time in her collegiate career. She recorded a 22:52 mark, good for 19th place. Rookie Kirsten Hagen (Blacksburg, VA/Christiansburg) was second for FSU in 23:09.4 and 26th place overall. Senior Natalie Hughes (Grand Junction, CO/Palisade) took 33rd place in 23:25.8. Sophomore Meredith Urban (Davie, FL/Green Hope – NC) was fourth to finish in 24:03.4. followed closely by junior Jenny Gomez (Miami, FL/Lourdes Academy) in 24:11.8 (48th place), to round out the top five scorers.
Senior Anne Clinton (Richmond, IN/Richmond) placed 59th in 24:45.6, freshman Cristen Litz (Sarasota, FL/Sarasota) posted a mark of 25:18.5 for 61st place followed by sophomore Kara Newell (Tallahassee, FL/Boston University) with a 68th place finish in 25:26.9.
1. N.C. State (47 points)
2. Florida State (48 points)
3. Virginia (85 points)
4. Clemson (87 points)
5. Duke (99 points)
6. Wake Forest (172 points)
7. Maryland (198 poitns)
8. Georgia Tech (227 points)
9. Virginia Tech (249 points)
10. North Carolina (295 points)
11. Miami (313 points)
1. Duke (29 points)
2. North Carolina (56 points)
3. N.C. State (71 points)
4. Wake Forest (94 points)
5. Virginia (163 points)
6. Florida State (168 points)
7. Virginia Tech (197 points)
8. Maryland (205 points)
9. Clemson (270 points)
10. Georgia Tech (272 points)
11. Miami (305 points)