Nov. 22, 2004
Terre Haute, Ind. – The No. 18 Florida State men’s cross country team finished the 2004 season with a top-20 finish at the 2004 NCAA National Championships race in Terre Haute, Ind., on November 22, 2004. The Seminoles, who led all region teams at the race and took second in the conference by eight points to N.C. State, were 17th with 438 points, overall.
“It’s been a great year,” said fifth-year head coach Bob Braman. “Our finish is the highest we’ve been in the last 23 years. It’s our second best team finish in school history behind the 1981 squad who placed eighth. We were the top team in the region and the second best team in the conference. I’m very pleased with the team’s effort. It’s been an unbelievable year for our program.”
Junior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland/Stirling) led FSU, taking 50th place in 32:00. Sophomore Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) crossed the line second for the Seminoles in 32:18, good for 51 points and 72nd place.
“Tom had the best race of all the guys today, finishing in the top 80,” continued Braman. “We didn’t have our best day fighting ankle deep mud but its part of the sport.”
Senior Eddy Rodriguez (Miami, FL/FIU) posted a 10K time of 32:53 for 95 points towards the Seminoles team score and 125th place. Fellow classmate Ian Hornabrook (Southport, Australia/Rend Lake College) ran a time of 33:09 followed by junior Sean Burris (Rockledge, FL/USF) who posted a mark of 33:25, rounding out the top five scorers for Florida State. Junior Kevin Cook ran a time of 35:32.
With the championships race marking the end of the 2004 campaign, the Seminoles will focus on the upcoming track season and the 2005 cross country season. With at least five of the six runners competing today at nationals returning for next season, FSU should again be a contender to be one of the best programs in the nation.
“Now, we just go to the drawing board. Top ten is our minimal goal now that we return a group of guys who have nationals experience. At the start of the 2004 season, the top-20 was our goal. Through the season, as we picked up points and wins, we focused on the top-ten programs. Coming into the year, we didn’t plan on winning the conference but we did expect the region. Overall, I am really happy and excited about the future.”
The Seminoles begin the 2004-05 track season on December 3, 2004 with the Clemson Opener in Clemson, S.C.
Team – 1. Colorado 90 points, 2. Wisconsin, 94 points; 3. Arkansas, 202 points; 4. Butler, 243 points; 5. Brigham Young, 267 points; 17. Florida State, 438 points. Other finishes – 16. N.C. State 430 points, 25. Georgia, 534 points, 27. Florida, 555 points.