Sept. 17, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State men’s and women’s cross country teams continued to impress as they each won team championships for the second time this season. The No. 20 FSU men’s team had a season low 26 points en route to their victory. Auburn was their next closest competition and they finished 23 points behind the Seminoles. The No. 32 FSU women’s squad recorded a season low 33 point win and finished 60 points ahead of their next closest competition Texas A&M.
Senior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland/ Stirling) claimed his second consecutive meet title of the season. Lemoncello got out to an early lead and never looked back as he finished the 8K in 24:39.51.
“I knew it was going to be a good work out today,” said Lemoncello. “It was my first time running this week. We had a good chance to see what we have to work with as a team. We have five really strong guys that can be up there in the big races now.”
The 2004 ACC Champion was followed closely by Sean Burris (Rockledge, FL/ USF) who finished the race in 25:07.40. Coming down the final stretch Burris was in the fourth position but he ran down the Auburn runner ahead of him to finish the race in third place.
“He was in our region and I didn’t want another guy from our Region beating me,” said Burris. “I just went out there and put a good hard effort in.”
Junior Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/ Turton) was the next Seminole to finish as he claimed fifth place in 25:15.35. Junior Phil Nichols (Wolverhampton, England/ Birmingham) and senior Kevin Cook (Fern Park, FL/ Lyman) rounded out the Seminoles’ scoring as they each finished in 25:36.85 and 25:38.74, good for eighth and ninth place, respectively.
“The guys ran very well,” said head coach Bob Braman. “Kevin Cook is really rounding into form at the right time. Phil Nichols is over coming some injuries and he looked good. Those two guys backing up Tom, Sean and Andrew today was really good. If Luke (Beevor) gets back into form then we can be a pretty special team. Right now we are in the process and to come up with five in the first nine today was probably more then I expected.”
Sophomore Laura Bowerman (Temple Terrance, FL/ King) led the women’s team as she finished in third place (17:56.45) and only 18 seconds behind All-American Angela Homan from Auburn and eight seconds behind former FSU cross country star and former All-American Natalie Hughes, who ran the race unattached.
“Our team ran really well today,” said Bowerman. “We were all up there working together trying to past people and we finished off strong.”
Junior Jessica Crate (Brights Grove, Ontario/ Arizona State) was right on Bowerman’s heels as she crossed the finish line in fourth place (18:01.26). Junior Abbie Wilshire (Bristol, England/ Birmingham) had an impressive debut for the Seminoles as she finished the 5K in 18:12.90, good for seventh place. Freshman Lydia Willense (Forest, Ontario/ St. Christopher) ran another solid race for the Seminoles as she took 13th place in 18:24.01. Junior Kara Newell rounded out Florida State’s top five as she claimed 15th place in 18:36.59.
“I was really please with the ladies,” said Braman. “Jessica Crate had as good as a race as anybody. Laura (Bowerman) was her usual self as she led the pack and also trained really hard prior to race. Abbie Wilshire’s first race as a Seminole was very strong. She is still getting adjusted to the training but was a solid number three for us. Lydia Willemse and Kara Newell did a great job for us as well. Kirsten Hagen is a lot like Laura in the fact that she is just training so hard and she is going to get better as the season on. I think we up our stock a little bit today.”
On Saturday, September 24 the Seminoles will participate in the Across the State Relays to help raise money for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which will help those affected by Hurricane Katrina. The Seminoles’ next collegiate race will be Friday, September 30 at the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, IN. Florida State will also host the ACC Championships on Monday, October 31 at the Miccosukee Greenway Park.