Oct. 5, 2001
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
The Florida State University women’s cross country team is ranked No. 1 in the South Region in the weekly poll released by the Women’s Cross Country Coaches Association. It marks the first time in the history of the program that the Seminoles have earned the No. 1 ranking in the South Region.
Florida State received eight out of nine first place votes and a total of 89 points to outdistance second-ranked Auburn by 20 points. Fellow ACC member Georgia Tech is ranked third while Florida is fourth.
“This ranking is a testament to the hard work of all of our women,” head coach Bob Braman said. “It is the first step in establishing ourselves as a national power in the sport of cross country.”
Junior college transfers Vicky Gill (St. Andrews, Scotland) and Allison Lind (Woodbury, Conn.) have led the Seminoles’ surge to the top of the regional poll. Both Gill and Lind have earned ACC performer of the week honors during the first month of the season.
The regional ranking comes just after a strong weekend for the Seminoles as they finished second at the Auburn University Invitational. Gill won the 5k event in a time of 16:18.13. It was her first meet as a member of the team at Florida State. Lind finished 15th in a time of 17:23.00.
The Seminoles’ previous highest ranking in the South Region poll was No. 2 during the 2000 season.
The top two finishers in the South Region Championships automatically advance to the NCAA Championships. The South Region championship meet is Nov. 10 and the NCAA Championship meet is Nov. 19.
The Seminoles return to action on Oct. 13 when the travel to Greenville, S.C., to compete in the NCAA Pre-Nationals meet.