Sept. 1, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State University men’s and women’s cross country teams kicked off the season at the Covered Bridge Open hosted by Appalachian State University on Friday (Sept. 1). The women took home first place honors with a winning score of 30 points. The men’s team also finished in the top five with 67 points, good enough to secure third place. This year marked the sixth-consecutive year that both squads placed in the top five at the State Farm Fields in Boone, N.C.
In the women’s competition, the Seminoles finished four athletes in the top 10 and for the second year in a row took home the title of meet champions. Junior Amy Huss was tops on the team with a second-place time of 18:16.54. Head coach Bob Braman was pleased with the women’s performance. “The top five were very, very close all night. We got a good win tonight.”
Also scoring valuable points for the Seminoles was Barbara Parker (Norfolk, England) as she crossed the line in 18:32.95 for third place, Jessica Crate (Brights Grove, Ontario) with a time of 18:40.11 for 10th, Kirsten Hagen (Blacksburg, VA) clocking in at 18:41.15 in 11th and rounding out the top five, Debbie Huss with a time of 18:45.98 for 12th place.
The Seminole men finished third behind meet hosts Appalachian State (57) and first place Coastal Carolina (26 ). Junior Chris Nickinson (Pensacola, FL) scored the first points for FSU crossing the line in 10th place with a time of 26:35.11. Newcomers Trey Andrews (Titusville, FL) and Tony Krock (Avilla, IN) clocked in at 26:39.65 and 26:40.26 to finish in 12th and 13th respectively. Sophomore Javier Cruz (Miami, FL) contributed to the men’s score with a time of 27:10.55 and junior Tommy Noyes (North Canton, OH) was the final scorer with a time of 27:31.05.
Andrew Lemoncello and Tom Lancashire did not run in the meet and were a few of the key performers absent from the top spots. “We were missing virtually our top five runners,” Coach Braman explained, “the guys who ran were young but they did really well.” That they did indeed, in fact three out of seven Seminole scorers were freshman.
The Florida State men and women keep the momentum going as they travel to Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Saturday, September 16, for the Crimson Classic.