Nov. 13, 2003
Tallahassee – After an historical performance at the ACC Championships two weeks ago, the FSU men’s and women’s cross country teams will head to Auburn to face NCAA South Region opponents this Saturday.
CLOSE TO THE EDGE – At the ACC Cross Country Championships, held in Winston-Salem, N.C, the Noles finished at the top of FSU school history and on the edge of current champions. The men set an school record for highest finish in an ACC Conference Championship with a second place mark (66 points), behind perennial champion N.C. State. The women finished fifth, tying their highest placing since 1992. Senior Vicky Gill led the Noles crossing the line second on the heels of defending cross country national champion UNC’s Shalane Flanagan.
KNOW YOUR (SOUH REGIONALS) HISTORY – In the history of the South Regionals, Florida State has steadily grown into a winning program since first competing in 1998. The Noles began with a ninth place finish on the men’s side and 13th place finish on the women’s side. Their highest finish was third in 2001 for the men and last year’s second place finish topped all prior years for the women, both feats coming under the 2003 ACC Conference Coach of the Year, FSU’s Bob Braman.
THREE’S THE MAGIC NUMBER – For Florida State, three’s the lucky number – three harriers made All-ACC, two for a third time plus one for this third overall title. Juniors Joep Tigchelaar, Ian Hornabrook and senior Vicky Gill were selected to the All-ACC team for the 2003 Cross Country season. Tigchelaar earned a spot on the team for the third time in as many years after finishing fourth overall. Hornabrook finished eighth overall and ran a personal best time at the meet to earn his first nod on the team. The Rend Lake College transfer, in his first season at FSU, previously won two NJCAA DII Cross Country Championships (2001 & 2002). On the women’s side, senior Vicky Gill, not only medalled but was the only Nole on the All-ACC team for the women. Gill, who placed 2nd in the race, finished second last year, 31 seconds behind this season’s time of 19:49.5. The Lancashire, England native made the All-ACC team for the third time.
THIS TIME LAST YEAR – The Seminole men followed a fifth place finish at the ACC Championships with a fourth place showing this time last year at the NCAA South Regional Championships in Knoxville, Tenn, narrowly missing an automatic bid to the NCAA National Championships. Then sophomore Joep Tigchelaar, who earned an automatic individual bid to the nationals with a time of 32:22.7, led the Noles through the 10K course finishing seventh overall.
The FSU women finished second overall, their highest since the beginning of South Region compeition in 1998, earning one of two automatic bids to the NCAA National Championship in Terra Haute, Ind. Leading the Noles to their first ever national Championship appearance was then senior Vicky Gill, who crossed the tape 15th overall out of 254 runners in a time of 20:07. Gill was also awarded All-American honors for her season.
CONTACT INFORMATION If any assistance is needed in covering the Seminoles or contacting head coach Bob Braman, please call Lauren Williams in the FSU Sports Information Department at (850) 644-5653 or by email email@example.com. For post meet interviews, please call Lauren at (267) 474-9411.