Oct. 2, 2009
SOUTH BEND, Ind. –
The Florida State men’s and women’s cross country teams were in action at the Notre Dame Invitational Friday afternoon and both turned in top 10 finishes. The men finished as the top team in the southeast region with a sixth place finish, while the women finished in seventh place.
“We competed really well, especially for not being full strength yet,” head coach Bob Braman said. “We picked up some wins against some good teams today.”
Ciaran O’Lionard led the Seminole men with a 12th place finish in a time of 24:08, while teammate Daniel Roberts trailed the junior transfer by just five seconds as he claimed 16th overall with a mark of 24:13 in the 8K race.
The duo of Wes Rickman and Matt Leeder finished 33rd and 35th respectively with times of 24:24 and 24:28 to put four runners in the top 35 for the Seminoles. Closing out the scoring for the men was sophomore Nick Maedel who finished 91st overall in 25:13.
“Wes Rickman ran a great race for us and filled in nicely for our third spot,” Braman added.
The women were led by Pilar McShine who clocked a 17:10 in the 5K race finished 19th overall. Freshman Jessica Parry finished second for the Seminoles with a time of 17:17 good for 25th overall in the first regional-scoring meet of her career.
Another Seminole freshman closed out the team scoring on Friday as Amanda Winslow finished in 54th place with a time of 17:37. Andi Palen and Jennifer Dunn finished back-to-back with identical times of 17:38 to put seven runners under 17:40.
The Seminoles will be back in action next weekend when they host their only home meet of the season on October 10 at the Apalachee Regional Park with events getting under way at 7:15 a.m.