October 18, 2003 - by
FSU Cross Country Finishes Top Ten at NCAA Pre-Nationals

Oct. 18, 2003

Tallahassee – Senior Vicky Gill posted a third place finish in a time of 19:56, finishing three seconds behind overall champion Alicia Craig of Stanford University in the 2003 NCAA Pre-National Meet in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Gill, the defending Pre-National Champion, raced in her second meet of the season after qualifying minutes before the Great American Cross Country Festival. Junior Natalie Hughes finished in 18th place with a time of 20:59 in a group filled with 21 of the nations top 30 teams. Hughes improved on last year’s individual finish of 81st place while shaving a minute of her 2002 time. Newcomers Helen Hofstede and Heather Clark crossed the line third and fourth respectively for the Noles, with Hofstede finishing 82nd overall in a time of 22:06 and Clark posting a 99th place finish in 22:17. Junior Anne Clinton posted a 22:23 mark for 108th place and Jenny Gomez recorded a time of 22:58 (150th) leaving sophomore Rachel Marsh to round out the group in a time of 23:13 and 166th place.

The Garnet and Gold men finished first among the four ACC schools (Duke, Virginia and Maryland) competing in the 8K Purple Race. Junior Joep Tigchelaar lead the men to a ninth place overall finish (318 points) with a time of 24:04 good for a individual finish of 27th place. Tigchelaar finished third in the ACC individual competition behind Michael Hatch of Duke University (17th place overall – 1st ACC) and Will Christian of Virginia (24th overall – 2nd ACC). Newcomer Luke Beevor placed 66th (24:37) followed by sophomore Kevin Cook – 70th place (24:39)and junior Eddy Rodriguez – 79th place (24:44). Senior Jim Van Veen (143rd) with a time of 25:23 and rookie Tom Lancashire (208th), who crossed the tape in 26:19, rounded out of the top seven scorers.

The Florida State men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in one of the most important meets of the season, racing the nation’s top teams, all congregating in Northern Iowa this past Saturday. 72 women’s teams and 74 men’s teams participated in the meet which the NCAA uses to select individuals for at-large bids.

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