April 1, 2007
Tallahassee, FL – A group of Florida State distance runners traveled to Palo Alto, Cal. for the Stanford Invitational March 30 and 31. From that meet, two regionally qualified, one met the NCAA provisional mark and one automatically qualified.
Senior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrew’s, Scotland/Stirling) ran a personal best time of 28:28.04 in the 10,000 meter run which is an NCAA automatic qualifying mark. That time broke his own Florida State school record which he set last season.
Regionally qualifying at Stanford was senior Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) in the 5,000 meter run with. Lancashire’s time of 13:56.65 finished him in the No. 18 spot and moved him to No. 5 on Florida State’s `Top Ten’ list.
Also competing for the men’s squad was junior Mark Buckingham (Huddersfield, England/Sheffield), sophomore Javier Cruz (Miami, FL/Belen Jesuit), and freshman Trey Andrews (Titusville, FL/Astronaut). Buckingham placed 27 in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:49.81, Cruz ran 29:56.46 in the 10,000 meters to finish fifth, and Andrews also competed in the 10,000 meter run and finished 17 in 31:36.11.
On the women’s squad, junior Debbie Huss (Wyomissing, PA/Vanderbilt) competed in the 10,000 meter run for the first time in her collegiate career and provisionally qualified. Huss ran a provisional time of 33:56.38 to finish third in her heat and moved to the No. 2 spot in the 10K on the women’s `Top Ten’ performances list.
Senior Barbara Parker (Norfolk, England/Loughborough) was the runner-up in her section of the women’s 5,000 meter run, finishing in a regionally qualifying 16:20.56. Parker’s time moves her to No. 3 on the `Top Ten’ just ahead of former Seminole Natalie Hughes.
Sophomore Lydia Willemse (Forest, Ontario/St. Christopher) finished 15 in the 3,000 meter steeplechase in 11:07.05, senior Jessica Crate (Brights Grove, Ontario/Arizona State) ran 17:11.43 to finish 18 in the 5,000 meter run, and junior Laura Bowerman (Temple Terrace, FL/King) just missed the provisional mark in the 10,000 meters with her 12-place finish of 35:24.08.