GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A contingent of 13 Florida State women’s cross country runners, 12 of whom were racing for the first time this season, competed in Saturday morning’s Mountain Dew Invitational at the Mark Bostick Golf Course. Sophomore Jessica Lonas led the Seminole youngsters in action, placing 40thagainst a field of 121 NCAA Division I runners, in 19:27.69 over the 5000-meter course.
The Seminoles packed up nicely behind Lonas, with freshmen Katie Kuhn (43rd, 19:30.13) and Claire Hooker (47th, 19:42.10) in close pursuit. Kuhn and Hooker were among five freshmen in the lineup for the Noles.
Junior Claire Igoe shaved 52 seconds off her season-opening performance at Covered Bridge for the fourth scoring position (47th, 19:42.93) and sophomore Althea Hewitt rounded out the scorers with a collegiate 5000-meter best of nearly two minutes (49th, 19:45.68).
With the Seminole veterans at home preparing for next Friday’s Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational, FSU’s youngsters finished ninth in the field of 13 NCAA Division I teams.
Also competing for the Noles were freshmen Kelly Aponte (75th, 20:55.10), Katherine Patrick (92nd, 21:35.72) and Katarina Jernberg (102nd, 22:02.76). Sophomores Mackenzie Baysinger (82nd, 21:11.70), Kellie Hays (96th, 21:46.15), Kayla Thomas (97th, 21:53.09), Annie Kennedy (109th, 22:39.49) and Melissa Zyla (111th, 22:47.69) rounded out the field.
Competing unattached, Bulgarian Olympian and FSU newcomer Militsa Mircheva, was 24th overall and seventh among those not among the NCAA Division I competitors in 18:42.30).