September 18, 1999 - by
Cross Country Teams Notch Top Five Finishes At Crimson Classic

Sept. 18, 1999

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Florida State women’s cross country team put on an impressive performance and finished in fourth place in a 14-team field Saturday. The men also came out strong and garnered a fifth place finish against nine schools.

The Crimson Classic was a late substitution for the Seminoles. Originally, FSU was scheduled to go to the ACC Preview in Chapel Hill, N.C. Officials in North Carolina changed the day of the race to Sunday to avoid complications with Hurricane Floyd. FSU’s coaches decided not to tamper with the team’s training schedule and opted to compete in Tuscaloosa on Saturday instead.

FSU’s Cynthia Campbell, a junior, finished as the Lady Seminoles top runner for her seventh consecutive race. Campbell finished 15th overall with a time of 18:52 in the 5K race. Freshman Kristy Connell also finished in the top 20 with a time of 19:00, good enough for an 18th place finish in her first collegiate race. Senior Diana Hartnup (27th – 19:23), Brooke Bastien (30th – 19:29) and Andrea Dulmage (36th – 19:36) all finished in the top 50. Two weeks ago, Hartnup was FSU’s highest finisher at the West Florida Invitational. Dulmage is a freshman who was running in her first collegiate race. Other scorers for the women were sophomore Kim Winn (51st – 19:59), freshman Misty Harper (56th – 20:09) and sophomore Erica Lazarus (73rd – 20:36).

In the men’s 8K event, senior Josh Ware lived up to coaches expectations and led the Seminoles to a fifth place finish. Ware finished in 25:50 for 27th place. Sophomore Zach Heissner started off strong for the second year in a row, finishing as FSU’s second fastest runner at 26:01 and a 31st place finish. Freshman Maarten van den Heuvel, from Germany, came in three seconds behind Heissner and finished in 33rd place. Sophomore Tommy Kunish (42nd – 26:22), freshman Aaron Caruso (47th – 26:30), Ryan Atkins (49th – 26:34) and Nick Stuart (50th – 26:35) all finished in the top 50 for Florida State. Caruso led the Seminoles at the West Florida Invitational on September 4th. Sophmore Dave Stuart rounded out the scoring for FSU, finishing 51st with a time of 26:37.

The Florida State men’s and women’s cross country teams will return home before heading back to Alabama on October 1st for the Region IX Preview at Auburn University.

Men's Top Five                   Women's Top Five
1.  So. Mississippi   (30)       1.  Florida         (41)
2.  Alabama           (41)       2.  Georgia Tech   (100)
3.  Georiga Tech     (110)       3.  Alabama        (109)
4.  Samford          (119)       4.  Florida State  (124)
5.  Florida State    (138)       5.  Auburn         (142)

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