Sept. 19, 2008
BLACKSBURG, Va. − Both the Florida State men’s and women’s cross country teams remained undefeated as the Seminoles swept both races at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational earlier today (Sept. 19).
The men were dominant in victory as four Seminoles cross the finish line before anybody from another competing school was able to do so. Senior Luke Gunn was the first of the Florida State runners to finish as he won the race individually with a time of 24:06.6 in the 7.6K race. Gunn finished just ahead of sophomore Matt Leeder who finished the race with a time of 24:06.8.
Finishing third with a time of 24:07.1 was junior Daniel Roberts while the Seminoles’ top four finish was rounded out by the efforts of senior Nick Sunseri, who finished with a time of 24:07.3. FSU almost swept the race as sophomore Justin Harbor finished sixth with a time of 24:17.4.
The Seminoles were dominant winning going away with just 16 points, one shy of a complete sweep. The host Hokies compiled a score of 46 to finish second while Wake Forest was third with 94 points. King College was fourth with 113, College of Charleston finished fifth with 137 and Concord was sixth with 152 points.
The Florida State women, ranked second in the USTFCCCA preseason poll released earlier this week, flexed their muscle in the event’s early race as they took down the host Hokies. The Seminoles scored 33 points while Virginia Tech was a close second at 37. Wake Forest finished third with 63 points, College Of Charleston was fourth with 123, King College was fifth with 149 and Concord rounded out the action with a score of 151 points.
The Seminoles ran in a tight pack during the women’s race, finishing in fifth through eighth place. Junior Susan Kuijken was the top scorer for the Seminoles as she finished with a time of 16:53.0 in the 4.6K race. Senior Lesley Van Miert was sixth with a time of 16:53.1 while sophomore Pilar McShine was seventh with a time of 16:53.2 and senior Lydia Willemse was eighth in 16:43.3.
Other finishers for FSU on the women’s side were: Kacey Gibson in 12th place (17:18.9); Amanda Quick in 13th (17:25.5); Linzi Snow in 14th (17:28.9); Christina Woytalewicz in 17th (17:35.7) and Jennifer Dunn in 19th (17:38.0).
Florida State returns to action on Saturday, September 27 when they host the Florida State Invitational beginning at 7:30 a.m. (ET). The race will be held at the Miccosukee Greenway Park.