August 29, 2008 - by
Florida State Cross Country Teams Place First At Their First Meet Of The Season.

Aug. 29, 2008

Complete Results

Boone, N.C. – The Florida State cross country teams celebrated yet another great season opener as both teams placed first at the Covered Bridge Open hosted by Appalachian State. This is the eighth-consecutive top-five finish for the Seminoles not to mention an accomplishment in itself having both the men’s and women’s team both taking the top spot.


Led by sophomore Justin Harbor (Bunnell, Fla.) who had a finish time of 26:00 in the 8K, the men’s squad brought in four runners in the top ten that included juniors Jason Lakritz (New Windsor, N.Y.) and Trey Andrews (Titusville, Fla.) and senior Steeve Gabart (Miami, Fla.). Not to mention, redshirt freshman Seth Proctor (Orlando, Fla.) coming in at 13th in his first meet as a Seminole.


“The true battle for us was Queens Charlotte. Although they placed two runners ahead of us, I’m proud of our guys fight,” said men’s head coach Bob Braman.  “I’m also happy we beat our ACC rival Clemson. The great thing is we put most of our important guys in front of them. I’m extremely proud of Justin Harbor. He was our top competitor for the day. When our guys put on a Florida State jersey, they carry a responsibility with it. They did a great job of upholding that responsibility today.”


As for the women, they opened up their season with a sweep, placing five Seminoles in the top-five slots. Leading the runners was sophomore Pilar McShine (Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago) who crossed the finish line in 18:20 in the 5K run. Coming in just one second after McShine was senior Lydia Willemse (Forest, Ontario). The remaining Seminoles who finished in the top five were sophomores Amanda Quick (Tampa, Fla.) and Bree McArdle (Queensland Australia) and freshman Kacey Gibson (New Castle, Pa.) Rounding off the top ten in the race were freshman Jennifer Dunn (Decatur, Ala.) and junior Christina Woytalewicz (Brandon, Fla.)


“McShine, Willemse, McArdle and Quick are definitely all different athletes this year in comparison to last year,” women’s head coach Karen Harvey said. “They have improved and matured in a way that makes me proud.”


“When you have your top three runners sit out for these smaller meets, it gives others the chance to step up and compete. We wanted to keep some of our older athletes back and give our younger ones a chance,” Braman said. “The women’s team is going to be at that same level they were last year.”


With a first place finish under their belt, The Florida State cross country teams are sure to have an exciting season this year. The Seminoles will travel next to Daytona Beach, Fla. to compete in the Across The State Relay on September 13.




Women’s Individual Finishes:

1)     Pilar McShine 18:20

2)     Lydia Willemse 18:21

3)     Amanda Quick 3 18:29

4)     Bree McArdle 18.38

5)     Kacey Gibson 18:45

8) Jennifer Dunn 19:05

10) Christina Woytalewicz 19:07

12) Kara Taylor 19”20

36) Emily Ness 20:15


Women’s Team Finishes:

1)    Florida State 15 pts

2)     Appalachian State 74

3)     Charlotte B 75

4)     Clemson 125

5)     Winthrop 158

6)     Usc Upstate 161

7)     North Florida 185

8)     Lees-McRae 199

9)     Mars Hill 268

10) Spartenburg 285

11) Valdosta State 288


Men’s Individual Finish:

3) Justin Harbor 26:00

5) Jason Lakritz 26:10

6) Trey Andrews 26:15

8) Steeve Gabart 26:17

13) Seth Proctor 26:31

16) Tyler Price 26:42

41) Stephen Wilson 27:52

63) David Huckaby 25:27


Men’s Team Finishes:

1) Florida State 34 pts

2) Queens Charlotte 36 pts

3) Appalachian State 62 pts

4) Clemson 95 pts

5) North Florida 155 pts

6) Charlotte B 170 pts

7) Mars Hill 196 pts

8) Winthrop 246 pts

9) Lees-McRae 252 pts

10) Spartanburg Methodist 289 pts

11) Usc Upstate 300 pts

12) Valdosta State 320 pts





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