Oct. 7, 2006
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State men’s and women’s cross country teams have once again claimed the team championship at their own FSU Invitational at Miccosukee Greenway on Saturday, Oct. 7th. The men’s and women’s B Teams competed and finished on top with 66 points for the men and 17 points for the women.
In the women’s race, the leading pack was full of Seminoles as they were the first four athletes to cross the line, nearly sweeping the competition. Redshirt junior Jessica Crate (Brights Grove, Ontario, Canada/Arizona State) was the first runner to cross the line with a time of 17:46.72, earning the first of 17 points for FSU. Next up was junior Audrey Hand (Virginia Beach, VA/Kellam) in second place with a time of 18:16.34, in third place with a mark of 18:24.80 was redshirt freshman Christina Woytalewicz (Brandon, FL/Riverview) and the fourth Seminole across was junior Shannon Coates (Delreay Beach, FL/Spanish River) with a clock of 18:37.29. Rounding out the scoring in seventh place was redshirt junior Meredith Urban (Raleigh, NC/Green Hope) with an 18:53.57 mark.
“I was really pleased with our B Team ladies,” Head Coach Bob Braman said. “They went one through four today which is really impressive. Jessica Crate looked awesome and I’m really pleased with her performance. I think we’ll keep those top four in the mix with our varsity squad since we may need them at the end of the year. But overall, all of our ladies did great today and I’m very pleased.”
For some of the women, today’s race marked personal records for them, including Jessica Crate who shaved nearly two minutes off her record from last season. Also claiming PRs today were Audrey Hand and Christina Woytalewicz who both bettered their previous records by over one minute each.
“The guys did a nice job today,” Braman stated. “We got the win and that’s always a good thing.”
Leading the scoring for the men was redshirt freshman Jason Lakritz (New Windsor, NY/Newburgh Free Academy) who finished in fifth place with a time of 26:01.29, setting a personal record. The next to score was junior Kenny Jesensky (Orlando, FL/Coastal Carolina) in ninth setting a new personal record with a time of 26:04.53, Christian Minor in 12th with a mark of 26:13.06, junior Tommy Noyes (North Canton, OH/Hoover) was the 17th to finish with a clock of 26:35.53 and rounding out the scoring for the Seminoles in 48th place was redshirt freshman Steven Wilson (Tallahassee, FL/Riverview) with a 28:13.95 mark.
“Jonathan Blocker ran unattached and placed fourth which is good for him,” Braman noted. “Luke Beevor also ran unattached and we hope to get him ready in the next few weeks so he can be big at the conference and national meets.”
The Seminole men have taken home the championship from the FSU Invitational five years in a row, while the women have claimed the title four years running.
The next meet for Florida State will be the NCAA Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Indiana on Saturday, October 14th.