November 10, 2005 - by
Seminoles to Defend South Region Title in Gainesville

Nov. 10, 2005

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State men’s (No.22) and women’s cross country teams will travel to Gainesville, Fla. on Saturday, November 12, 2005 for the NCAA South Regional Championships. The men’s 10K will begin at 10 a.m. and be followed by the women’s 6K at 11:00 a.m. The event will take place at the University of Florida Golf Course.

The Florida State men’s team won (59 points) the South Regional Championship for the first time ever in 2004. The Seminoles were led by current senior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrew, Scotland / Striling) who finished the 10K in fifth with a time of 29:47.69. Former Seminole Eddy Rodriguez was next to finish as he took eighth place in 30:05.38. Current junior Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England / Turton) and former Seminole Ian Hornabrook placed 12th (30:11.99) and 13th (30:14.04), respectively. Current senior Sean Burris (Rockledge, Fla. / USF) rounded out FSU’s top five as he took 27th (30:55.01).

The women’s team finished in fourth place with 176 points and was led by a pair of All-South Region honorees, current sophomore Laura Bowerman (Temple Terrance, Fla. / King) and former Seminole Natalie Hughes finished in ninth (21:19.71) and 12th (21:29.33), respectively. Current sophomore Kirsten Hagen (Blacksburg, Va. / Christiansburg) took 27th with a time of 22:00.58. Current Junior Meredith Urban (Raleigh, N.C. / Green Hope) finished 46th (22:26.89) while former Seminole Jenny Gomez rounded out FSU’s top five as she finished 88th (23:14.58).

In Florida State’s last meet, the ACC Championships on Monday, October 31, the men’s squad finished in second with 38 points while the women took seventh place with 196 points.

Lemoncello won his second consecutive ACC Individual Championship finishing the race with a time of 23:43.1, the fastest 8K in FSU history. Larry Greene had held the record time of 23:48 set in 1980.

Lancashire was the next Seminole to finish as he placed third (23:51). Junior Phil Nichols (Wolverhampton, England / Birmingham) finished ninth (24:12.6) and Burris took tenth (24:13.4). Senior Kevin Cook (Fern Park, Fla. / Lyman) rounded out FSU’s scoring as he finished 15th in 24:26.4.

On the women’s side, Bowerman was the first Seminole to finish the 5750m course as she took 17th place (20:07.9). Junior Abbie Wilshire (Bristol, England / Birmingham) was the next Seminole to cross the finish line as she claimed 39th with a time of 20:42.7. Freshman Lydia Willemse (Forest, Ontario / St. Christopher) and Hagen finished 46th (20:56.0) and 47th (20:58.8), respectively. Junior Jessica Crate (Brights Grove, Ontario / Arizona State) rounded out the Seminoles’ top five as she finished in 52nd (21:06.5).

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