Oct. 31, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State senior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland / Striling) won his second consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference Individual Championship on Monday, October 31, 2005 and led the No. 19 men’s squad to a 38 point second place finish. The Florida State women’s team finished the conference meet in seventh (196 points).
“I see a lot of positive,” said head coach Bob Braman. “We had four in the top ten which has never happened at Florida State. Phil (Nichols) really stepped up today and got up there with the lead group. Kevin Cook had a big PR. We really closed the gap between our third and fifth runners.”
“I knew exactly what I wanted to do,” said Lemoncello. “The course played right into my hands. This year I went in knowing that I had run faster than everyone. I wanted to go in and control the race and that was exactly how it went.”
This was the third year in a row that the men’s team has finished in second place. Their score of 38 points is the lowest in school history and is the lowest point total ever for a team finishing in second place in an ACC Cross Country Championship since FSU joined the ACC in 1991.
“We have solidified our team for nationals,” said Braman. “If we finish top three or four at regionals then we will be okay but if we ran like we did today then we could win regionals.”
Lemoncello’s time of 23:43.1 in the 8000m was the fastest in FSU history and also a new collegiate personal best for him. The previous fastest time in FSU history was held by Larry Greene (23:47 -1980). Lemoncello’s previous best was 23:48 which he ran on October 1, 2004 at the Notre Dame Invitational.
“I really did not expect to run a personal best on this course since it isn’t very fast,” said Lemoncello. “I feel like I’m improving every week and if I’m running as fast as I am then that should bode well for regionals and nationals.”
The next Seminole to finish was junior Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England / Turton) who took third place with a time of 23:51. Junior Phil Nichols (Wolverhampton, England / Birmingham) finished ninth (24:12.6) and senior Sean Burris (Rockledge, Fla. / USF) took tenth (24:13.4). Senior Kevin Cook (Fern Park, Fla. / Lyman) rounded out FSU’s scoring as he finished 15th in 24:26.4.
Lemoncello, Lancashire, Nichols and Burris earned 2005 All-ACC honors for their top 14 performances. It is the second year in a row that FSU has had four All-ACC performers. In 2004, Lemoncello, Lancashire and former Seminoles Eddy Rodriguez and Ian Hornabrook received the honor.
On the women’s side, Sophomore Laura Bowerman (Temple Terrance, Fla. / King) was the first Seminole to finish the 5750m course as she took 17th place (20:07.9). Junior Abbie Wilshire (Bristol, England / Birmingham) was the next Seminole to cross the finish line as she claimed 39th with a time of 20:42.7. Freshman Lydia Willemse (Forest, Ontario / St. Christopher) and Kirsten Hagen (Blacksburg, Va. / Christiansburg) finished 46th (20:56.0) and 47th (20:58.8), respectively. Junior Jessica Crate (Brights Grove, Ontario / Arizona State) rounded out the Seminoles’ top five as she finished in 52nd (21:06.5).
Virginia won the men’s title with 30 points while Duke won the women’s championship with 20 points.
The Seminoles will be back in action on Saturday, November 12, 2005 when they will make the trip to Gainesville, Fla. to compete in the NCAA South Region Championships.
Men’s Results: 1. Virginia (30 points) 2. Florida State (38) 3. NC State (103) 4. Wake Forest (136) 5. Duke (142) 6. Virginia Tech (174) 7. Clemson (175) 8. North Carolina (198) 9. Boston College (201) 10. Maryland (304) 11. Miami (342) 12. Georgia Tech (356)
Women’s Results: 1. Duke (20 points) 2. NC State (91) 3. Wake Forest (104) 4. Boston College (106) 5. North Carolina (128) 6. Virginia (177) 7. Florida State (196) 8. Maryland (214) 9. Virginia Tech (235) 10. Georgia Tech (281) 11. Miami (323) 12. Clemson (327)