Sept. 28, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State No. 18 men’s and No. 28 women’s cross country teams will head to South Bend, Ind. on Friday, September 30, to compete at the Notre Dame Invitational. The race, which was started in 1956, is one of the nation’s oldest and largest intercollegiate cross country meets and will take place at the on-campus Notre Dame Golf Course. The Seminoles will be participating in the blue division races. The women’s blue division race will begin at 4:15 p.m. and the men’s blue division race will start at 5:00 p.m.
The men’s Blue Division will feature 25 teams, seven of which are ranked in the top 30 including No.1 Wisconsin, No. 6 Notre Dame, No. 8 Arizona, No. 17 Butler, No. 18 Florida State, No. 22 Michigan and No. 26 Colorado State.
The women’s Blue Division will consist of 24 teams, nine of which are ranked in the top 30 including No. 3 Notre Dame, No. 5 Michigan, No. 10 Arkansas, No. 12 Wake Forest, No. 18 Butler, No. 20 Illinois, No. 24 Missouri, No. 28 Florida State and No. 29 Michigan State.
The Seminoles participated at the 2004 Notre Dame Invitational and had a strong show on both the men’s and women’s side. The men’s team finished in sixth place of 24 teams with 143 points. They were led by Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrew, Scotland/ Stirling) who ran a collegiate best 8K of 23:48 and finished in fourth place. The women’s team finished in ninth place of 24 teams with 311 points. Natalie Hughes led the Seminoles as she finished in 27th place with a time of 17:28.
In the Seminoles last meet, the FSU Invitational, the men’s and women’s squads each captured team championships. Lemoncello claimed the men’s individual championship as he finished the 8K in 24:39.51 and led the men’s team to a season low 26 point victory. Sophomore Laura Bowerman (Temple Terrance, FL/ King) led the women’s team to a season low 33 point victory as she finished the 5K in 17:56.45 in third-place.
After the Notre Dame Invitational the Seminoles will go to Terre Haute, IN for the NCAA Pre-National Meet on Saturday, October 15. The Seminoles’ season then will continue as they return home to host the ACC Championships on Monday, October 31.