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Seminoles Head to the Mountains for Season Opener

Sept. 1, 2004

Mountaineer Open Notes
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Tallahassee, FL – The Florida State men’s and women’s cross country teams head to Boone, N.C. for the Mountaineer Open at Appalachian State, on Friday, September 3, 2004. The women race at 5:45 p.m. while the men’s field begins at 6:15 p.m.

In three short seasons on the men’s side, head coach Bob Braman has brought the team into the national spotlight. After a 22-year absence from the cross country national championships meet, the Seminoles look to make consecutive trips for the first time in the history of the program. Returning all but one Garnet and Gold team member from the starting lineup, FSU will start the season with a number of talented and experienced runners vying for the top seven and ultimately the top scorers.

The women’s team is coming off a successful campaign, making back-to-back appearances at nationals for the first time in the history of the program. With five-time All-American senior Natalie Hughes (Grand Junction, CO/Palisade) leading the charge, the Seminoles will test the talent and ability of the incoming class and rely on the leadership of Braman, Hughes and fellow senior Anne Clinton (Richmond, IN/Richmond). The women are aimed for the top of the conference and ultimately a third chance at nationals.

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