Oct. 16, 2004
Terre Haute, Ind. – The Florida State men’s (No. 18) and women’s program left an impression amongst the teams in competition at the NCAA Pre-Nationals Meet on Saturday afternoon (October 16). The men’s team recorded its highest finish ever at Pre-Nationals and beat perennial conference champion, higher-ranked (No. 8) N.C. State in a race for the first time in the history of the program. The women’s team finished in 13th place with 424 points while the men posted 203 points.
“I’m extremely happy for the men’s team because we’ve never run faster than N.C. State,” said head coach Bob Braman. “They had a solid performance. This is new territory for our program because we’ve never been top five at pre-nationals.”
Junior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland/Stirling) led the Seminoles with another top ten performance. He finished sixth overall in a time of 24:03.9 and was the first finisher among the Atlantic Coast Conference schools. He beat the 2003 ACC Cross Country Champion, N.C. State’s Andy Smith by 27 seconds. In addition to upsetting the Wolfpack, FSU finished ahead of No. 12 Villanova.
Junior Sean Burris (Rockledge, FL/USF) crossed the line in 24:44.5 for 38th place. He finished second for the Seminoles in the last two meets. Senior Eddy Rodriguez (Miami, FL/FIU) was right behind Burris, taking 40th place in 24:45.8, a mark that is two seconds slower than his personal record. Sophomore Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) and senior Ian Hornabrook (Southport, Australia/Rend Lake) rounded out the Seminoles top five scorers, with Lancashire finishing in 24:50.6, good for 46th place and Hornabrook taking 73rd in 25:06.6.
“The last two miles were the test. Tom (Lancashire) passed 29 guys in the final mile, Ian (Hornabrook) passed 20 guys in the final mile and Eddie and Sean passed eight-ten runners each. I guarantee going into the last few miles, we were behind N.C. State. We just had a great finish.”
Senior Natalie Hughes (Grand Junction, CO/Palisade) was the first Seminole to finish, placing 30th in 21:15.9. Hughes has finished first for FSU in all three meets she has run in this season. Freshman Laura Bowerman (Temple Terrace, FL/King) ran a collegiate-best 21:22.5 for a 37th place finish. Classmate Kirsten Hagen (Blacksburg, VA/Christiansburg) was third for FSU in 21:44.1, also a 6K collegiate best. Sophomore Meredith Urban (Davie, Fl/Green Hope (NC)) and junior Jenny Gomez (Miami, FL/Lourdes Academy) rounded out the top five scorers for Florida State. Urban recorded a time of 22:26.9 (130th) and Gomez’s mark of 22:54.6 (167th) boosted the Seminoles into the top 15 team finishes.
“Laura Bowerman and Jenny Gomez ran great races for us,” said Braman. “Laura finishing 37th is great for us. She’s probably the fastest freshman we’ve ever had run for us. (Jenny) is our seventh runner and she stepped up to be a hero for us today. She probably saved us a few spots by finishing where she did.”NCAA Pre-Nationals Results
Women’s Team (13/36)
1. Natalie Hughes 30th place 21:15.9
2. Laura Bowerman 37th place 21:22.5
3. Kirsten Hagen 60th place 21:44.1
4. Meredith Urban 130th place 22:26.9
5. Jenny Gomez 167th place 22:54.6
6. Kara Newell 216th place 23:38.7
7. Cristen Litz 239th place 24:05.2