Sept. 19, 2010
FRANKLIN, Mass. – The Florida State men’s and women’s cross country teams both came away with wins at the Boston University Invitational Sunday in New England.
In a dual meet with the Terriers, the No. 2-ranked women’s squad won by a score of 23-37 while the men’s team earned a 20-31 triumph. The women ran a 5K and the men ran an 8K. Boston University captured the two individual winners in the two races but the Seminole runners as a whole had a terrific day.
Perhaps more important than the outcomes was the fact that FSU had the chance to get a feel for a course that they will visit one more time this year for the ACC Championships on Oct. 30.
Interestingly enough, the women all finished in the lead pack with a time of 18:48. Despite the identical times, senior Hannah Brooks was credited with second place and senior Pasca Cheruiyot earned third.
Kailand Cosgrove was fourth and Jennifer Dunn was fifth. Astrid Leutert, Bree-Anne McArdle, Emily Ness, Andi Palen, Jessica Parry, Lyndsey Spragins, Kara Taylor, Amanda Winslow and Pilar McShine rounded out positions six through 15.
“We felt very fortunate to run on the ACC course and are very grateful to Boston University for providing us this early-season meet,” FSU women’s coach Karen Harvey said. “Not only did we get some great training while in Boston, we learned a lot about the Franklin Park course. “
In the men’s 8K race, sophomore David Forrester’s time of 24:44 was good enough for second place and Alex Smyth’s 24:45 time was enough for a third-place finish.
Jakub Zivec (25:01), Michael Fout (25:01), Wes Rickman (25:01) and Ciaran O’Lionaird (25:03) rounded out positions four through seven. Matt Leeder (25:11) came in 10th and Justin Harbor (25:13) came in 11th.
“We had eight of our guys finish in the top 11, so that was good,” FSU men’s coach Bob Braman said. “Again, this was great for us to be abel to come up here and get a feel for the course. It gives us an advantage when we get to ACCs next month. Boston College is the only other ACC school that will have run on this course.”
Next up for the Seminoles is a trip to South Bend, Ind. to compete in the Notre Dame Invitational on Oct. 1. That race will serve as the first opportunity for points for nationals for Florida State.
Stay tuned to Seminoles.com for more coverage on the men’s and women’s cross country programs.