September 21, 2000 - by
Men’s Cross Country Finishes Sixth In Alabama

Sept. 21, 2000

Florida State University men’s cross country team had a very strong showing at the Crimson Classic Cross Country Invitational held at the University of Alabama. The University of South Florida won the team title with 50 points.

Sophomore Nick Stuart led the Seminoles with a 22nd place finish and a time of 24:57 over the rolling hills of Harry Pritchet Gold Course. Sophomore Ryan Hicks followed his teammate to a fast time of 25:12 and good enough of 33rd place. Freshmen Danny Fritz had a breakthrough performance with his 40th place finish and a time of 25:19. Tommy Kunish followed closely behind in 43rd place in a time of 25:22. Rounding out the Seminole’s top five was Brian Fleishmann in 46th place and a time of 25:26.

The Noles finished 6th out of 23 teams, only 20 points behind nationally ranked University of Alabama.

Top 10 IndividualsTop 10 teams (23 teams competed)
1. Chris Mutai Alabama 23:561. Univ. of South Florida 50 pts
2. Yousri El Mejdoubi Unattached 24:002. LSU 126 pts
3. Alex Lopatyuk Univ. of S. Alabama 24:043. Univ. of Alabama 148 pts
4. Russ Gerbers. Univ. of S. Florida 24:044. Kentucky 157 pts
5. Francis Kirwa. Life Univ. 24:055. Belmont Univ 159 pts
6. Michel Green Troy State. 24:056. Florida State Univ. 168 pts
7. Tomas Morgan. Kentucky. 24:067. Samford Univ. 196 pts
8. Likhaya Dayile. LSU 24:098. Emory Univ. 200 pts
9. Japheth Koech. Alabama 24:109. Bevill State CC 255 pts
10. Brian Murry. Univ. of S. Alabama 24:1110. Troy State Univ.263 pts

Florida State Finishers at a Glance:

22nd Nick Stuart 24:57 (Sophomore: Lake Mary, FL)

33rd Ryan Hicks 25:13 (Sophomore: Nokesville, Virginia)

40th Danny Fritz 25:19 (Freshmen: Cincinnati, Ohio)

43rd Tommy Kunish 25:22 (Junior: Pensacola, FL)

46th Brian Fleishmann 25:26 (Junior: Jacksonville, FL)

56th Dan Clark 25:38 (Freshmen: Fairbury, IL)

58th Jim Van Veen 25:39 (Freshmen: Satellite Beach, FL)

60th Ryan Atkins 25:44 (Junior: Venice, FL)

61st Eric Ritchson 25:45 (Sophomore: Niceville, FL)

87th Aaron Caruso 26:27 (Sophomore: Delray Beach, FL)

Florida State’s next competition will be on October 6th at the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Indiana.

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