Oct. 27, 2007
Charlottesville, Va. – As All-America Susan Kuijken extended her season-long undefeated streak to four, the Florida State women’s cross country team glided to the school’s first ACC Championship in Charlottesville, Va. The women took first in the 6k race with 64 points, while the men finished third with 130 points behind the only two ranked opponents the 8k run.
Kuijken, a sophomore from Nijmegen, Netherlands, clocked a 20:23.5 to finish first on top of her nearest competition by a full 13 seconds. Senior Barbara Parker crossed second for the Seminoles, coming in sixth with a time of 21:16.3. Sophomore Hannah England and freshman Pilar McShine finished back-to-back at 16th and 17th place respectively, with England recording a 21:44.1 and McShine a 21:46.8. Senior Kristen Hagen rounded out the Florida State top five at 24th with a time of 22:11.8.
Senior Mark Buckingham crossed 15th in the leading the men to a third-place finish as he clocked in at 24:32.8. Freshman Matt Leeder and junior Steeve Gabart finished together at 19th and 20th as Leeder clocked a 24:45.9 and Gabart a 24:48.3. Junior Nick Sunseri crossed at 37th with a time of 25:25.00 and sophomore Daniel Roberts finished in 39th at 25:29.3.
Florida State will now turn its focus on the upcoming NCAA South Region Championships in Gainesville, Fla. on Saturday, Nov. 10.