Oct. 16, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State cross country teams had a pair of top results on Saturday morning at the Pre-National Invitational. The FSU women put on a dominating performance in winning their race while the men’s squad took third in their event.
Head coach Karen Harvey’s women’s team dominated in the 6k against some of the top programs in the entire nation. The No. 3-ranked Seminoles scored 115 points to get past second-place Arizona (128 points).
“Of course we are really pleased with today’s outcome but we have some major kinks in our armor,” Harvey said. “Amanda Winslow saved the day. She ran awesome … period. Pilar is a little beat up I think, too. To get five to seven athletes to run great on one day is a lot but we will keep reaching for it.
“We are going to train very hard in preparations for ACCs.”
As mentioned by Coach Harvey, Winslow performed masterfully Saturday as she set a new personal record with a time of 20:32.8. Her stellar time was enough to warrant a seventh place finish.
Trailing closely behind Winslow was her teammate Pasca Cheruiyot, who finished in 10th place. FSU’s senior captain ran the race in 20:34.8.
Fellow senior Pilar McShine was the third Seminole to cross the line as she finished in 24th by clocking a time of 20:49.0. Jessica Parry (31st, 21:52.1), Jennifer Dunn (43 rd, 21:07.8) and Atrid Leutert (77th, 21:29.4) rounded out the Seminole scoring.
On the men’s side, redshirt senior Ciaran O’Lionaird paced Florida State in its third-place finish with a 10th place day thanks to a time of 23:52.5 in the 8k.
“The guys ran really tough,” men’s head coach Bob Braman said. “I am not so sure we had the freshest legs but we ran real tough. Ciaran had a spectacular day to lead us. We beat two top-10 teams so we should move up in Monday’s national polls. We also beat Florida so we should remain the top team in our region.”
Next up for the ’Noles is a trip by some of the student-athletes to Central Florida to compete in the Florida Southern Invitational on Oct. 22.
The ACC Championships are slated for Oct. 30.