Sept. 1, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State men’s and women’s cross country squads begin action this Friday, September 2, 2005 at the Covered Bridge Open in Boone, N.C hosted by Appalachian State. The women’s race begins at 5:45 p.m. while the men’s field starts at 6:15 p.m.
This will be the sixth consecutive year that the Seminoles have made the trip to Boone N.C. to open their season. In 2004, the men’s squad won the event as they scored a season low 21 points. The men’s top five runners all finished in the top 10. Luke Beevor (Luton, England/ Icknield) earned ACC Performer of the Week as he finished in first place at the meet with a time of 25:12.3.
The women’s team took home first place as well, finishing the event with 19 points. The women’s top five runners all finished in the top seven. Former Seminole, Natalie Hughes took first place with a time of 18:18.2 and was followed closely behind by Laura Bowerman (Temple Terrace, FL/King) and Kirsten Hagen (Blacksburg, VA/ Christiansburg) who finished second and third, respectively.
For the first time since 1997, Florida State University will host the cross country Atlantic Coast Conference Championships. The event will take place at the Miccosukee Greenway on October 31, 2005 which is the Monday following homecoming weekend. Senior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland/ Stirling), the 2004 ACC individual Champion, will look to defend his title and lead the men’s squad to their first ever ACC Championship after finishing in second place the previous two years. Bowerman leads a talented young women’s squad, who expects to crack into the top four in the conference.
The Seminoles have experienced a large amount of success under sixth year head coach Bob Braman. The 2003 ACC Coach of the Year led the men’s squad to the NCAA National Championships the last two seasons where they finished 29th and 17th, respectively. On the women’s side, Braman guided them to back-to-back trips to nationals in 2002 and 2003 where they finished 28th and 18th, respectively. The expectations are high for both squads as each is ready to make a huge impact at nationals.