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Florida State Cross Country to Host 2005 ACC Championships

Oct. 29, 2005

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State men’s (No. 19) and women’s cross country teams will host the 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships on Monday, October 31, 2005 at the Miccosukee Greenway. The event will mark the second time that FSU has hosted the meet, with the first being in 1997. The men’s 8K race will begin at 8:30 a.m. and be followed by the women’s 6K race at 9:30 a.m.

At the 2004 ACC Championships, the men’s squad had their best finish in school history as they placed second with 48 points, just one point shy of N.C. State. The Seminoles were led by current senior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland / Striling) who became the first ever Seminole to win a ACC individual cross country championship as he finished the 8K in 24:29.6. Former Seminole Ian Hornabrook finished in seventh place with a time of 24:56.9. Current junior Tom Lancashire was the next Seminole to finish as he took 11th place in 25:01.0. Former Seminole Eddy Rodriguez then crossed the line in 12th place with a time of 25:01.3. Current senior Kevin Cook (Fern Park, Fla. / Lyman) rounded out FSU’s scoring, as he placed 17th with a time of 25.24.2.

Lemoncello, Hornabrook, Lancashire and Rodriguez earned All-ACC honors for their top 14 performances. Four is the most All-ACC cross country selections that FSU has ever had in one season.

On the women’s side, current sophomore Laura Bowerman led the Seminoles to a sixth place finish (168) as she took 19th place in 22:52.2. She was followed by current sophomore Kirsten Hagen (Blacksburg, Va. / Christiansburg) who finished 26th in 23:09.4. Former Seminoles Natalie Hughes finished 33rd (23:25.8) while current junior Meredith Urban (Raleigh, N.C. / Green Hope) took 46th (24:03.4). Former Seminole Jenny Gomez rounded out FSU’s top five as she place 48th (24:11.8).

In the Seminoles last meet, the NCAA Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind. on Saturday, October 15, 2005, men finished in seventh place of 33 teams with 255 points and were led by Lemoncello who took fourth place with a time of 23:49. Senior Sean Burris (Rockledge, Fla. / USF) was the next Seminole to cross the finish line, as he placed 37th in a time of 24:27. Lancashire also crossed the finish line with a time of 24:27 in 39th place. Junior Phil Nichols (Wolverhampton, England / Birmingham) was just seconds behind Burris and Lancashire as he finished the 8K in 24:43 in 60th place. Sophomore Luke Beevor (Luton, England / Icknield) rounded out the Seminoles’ top five, as he placed 115th with a time of 25:14.

The women’s team finished in 13th place of 34 teams. Bowerman set a collegiate personal best 6K with a time of 20:41 as she finished in seventh place. Junior Abigail Wilshire (Bristol, England / Birmingham) was the next Seminole to finish as she took 69th place with a time of 21:48. Freshman Lydia Willemse (Forest, Ontario / St. Christopher) was steps behind Wilshire as she finished in 21:52, good for 76th place. Hagen and freshman Amanda Hahn (Gainesville, Fla. / Gainesville) rounded out Florida State’s scoring as they finished in 95th place (22:07) and 124th place (22:25), respectively.

The Seminoles next competition will be on Saturday, November 12, 2005 when they travel to Gainesville, Fla. for the NCAA South Region Championships.

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