Sept. 27, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. − The men’s and women’s cross country teams at Florida State saw action today (Sept. 27) at the Miccosukee Greenway Park as the race was dominated by younger members of both teams while the varsity continued training for next week’s Notre Dame Invitational.
The women, although not using any of their top 9 runners, placed fourth in the women’s portion of the event, which went 5K. Leading the way for FSU was Jessica Dunn, who finished fifth with a time of 18:16.25. Dunn was followed by Crystal Washington’s 15th place finish in a time of 18:44.42.
Kara Taylor was 17th on the day in a time of 18:50.53, while Emily Ness came in 31st place with a time of 19:16.03. Keyla Smith finished 43rd with a mark of 20:04.29 while Meredith Kelly’s time of 20:09.22 was good enough for 46th. Jen Hillis was 53rd in a time of 20:24.18 while Briana Walker was 76th in a time of 21:54.51.
Rounding out action for the Florida State women’s team were Hshkeni Richemond in 84th with a time of 22:28.78; Shannon Stuckman was 87th in a time of 22:37.38; Nicole Kenna was 88th with a time of 22:45.17 and Arica Halila was 95th in a time of 23:31.14.
FSU was fourth in the meet with 104 points, while South Florida was victorious with 38 points. Tampa finished second by amassing 67 team points and in third was Central Florida with 99 points.
“I am extremely excited about the performance of our younger athletes today,” women’s cross country head coach Karen Harvey said. “Jessica Dunn was tremendous today and I am very happy with the way our young team performed.”
The men did not record a team score in the 8K early race, but got several strong performances from its younger runners as well, paced by Tyler Price who finished 11th with a time of 26:09.26. Stephen Wilson was 13th with a time of 26:21.23 while David Huckaby’s mark of 26:37.74 was good enough for 20th. Daniel Silva rounded out the action with a 69th place finish in a time of 28:28.52.
Embry-Riddle was victorious in the men’s race with 43 points while Florida Southern finished as the runner-up with 77 points.
“This event is always two-fold for us,” head men’s cross country coach Bob Braman commented. “First, we get a chance to get in a good workout on our home course and we also have a phenomenal opportunity to showcase one of our racing and training venues to some of the best high school kids in Florida,” Braman continued. “We had over 1,000 high school athletes out here, and this really has turned into one of the top high school meets in the state of Florida.”
After the collegiate races, a pair of varsity high school races 5K in length took place as well as open races for both genders. Halfmile Timing was the official timer for the first four races of the day.
The Seminoles returns to action next week when they travel to South Bend, Ind., for the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday, October 3. Another group of FSU runners will travel to Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, October 4 for the Auburn Invitational as well.