Sept. 2, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State men’s and women’s cross country teams saw their first action of the season as they swept the Covered Bridge Open in Boone, N.C. This is the second year in a row that both the men’s and women’s teams have won the Covered Bridge Open to begin their season.
Senior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland/ Stirling) and sophomore Laura Bowerman each took home individual meet titles and helped the Seminoles to 29 and 38-point wins, respectively. The men’s team edged out Appalachian State by four points whereas the women’s squad beat out their next closest competition, Davidson, by 13 points.
On the men’s side, FSU took four of the top five spots. Lemoncello crossed the finish line to win the meet title in 25:41.62. Senior Sean Burris (Rockledge, FL/ USF) was close behind him as he finished in second place (25:48.63). Junior Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/ Turton) was the next Seminole to cross the finish line as he took home fourth place (25:57.37). In his first race as a Seminole, junior Phil Nichols (Wolverhampton, England/ Birmingham) finished the race in 25:58.37, good for fifth place. Eric Critzer (Falmouth, MA/ Flamouth) rounded out Florida State’s scoring as he finished in 19th with a time of 26:58.93.
For the women, all of their scorers finished in the top 15. Bowerman took the overall meet title in 18:17.44. Junior Jessica Crate (Brights Grove, Ontario/ Arizona State) was the next Seminole to cross the line in 19:02:84, good for sixth-place. Sophomore Kirsten Hagen (Blacksburg, VA/ Christiansburg) finished in tenth-place (19:17.64). Junior Kara Newell (Tallahassee, FL / Boston University) and Lydia Willemse (Forest, Ontario/ St. Christopher) rounded out the Seminoles scorers as they finished in 12th (19:26.58) and 13th place (19:32.41), respectively.
Florida State’s next meet is Friday, September 9, 2005 at the UF Invitational in Gainesville, FL. That meet will be followed by the FSU Invitational, which the Seminoles will host on Saturday, September 17, 2005 at the Miccosukee Greenway. Later in season FSU will also host the 2005 ACC Championships on Monday, October 31.