Oct. 1, 1999
TALLAHASEE, Fla. — The Florida State men’s and women’s cross country teams will be in action on both coasts this weekend. Head Coach Scott Irving will take the top six finishers from September 19th’s Crimson Classic to Palo Alto, Calif., for the Stanford Invitational Saturday, October 2nd. The rest of the team will be competing on the east coast at the Region IX Preview in Auburn, Ala., on Friday, October 1st.
The twelve FSU runners heading to Palo Alto will be competing against some of the country’s best. On the women’s side, seven of the nation’s top 25 will be competing. Stanford is ranked No. 1 in the country and finished second in last year’s Invitational. Other top 25 schools in action will be No. 2 Arkansas, No. 5 Wisconsin, No. 8 Kansas State, No. 10 Washington, No. 18 UCLA and No. 4 BYU, the 1997 NCAA Champions and last year’s Stanford Invitational Champions.
Running for the FSU women’s team will be junior Cynthia Campbell, freshman Kristy Connell, senior Diana Hartnup, sophomore Brooke Bastien, freshman Andrea Dulmage and sophomore Kim Winn. These six women were the top finishers for FSU at the Crimson Classic. Campbell led the Lady Seminoles at the Crimson Classic with a time of 18:52.
On the men’s side, Coach Irving will take senior Josh Ware, sophomore Zach Heissner, freshman Maarten van den Heuvel, sophomore Tommy Kunish, freshman Aaron Caruso and sophomore Ryan Atkins. The men will face three of the schools ranked in the top 25, Stanford (#2), Arizona (#8) and Alabama (#18).
The Florida State cross country “B” teams will see action Friday evening at the Region IX Preview, an event that will give many young FSU runners a chance to get some valuable experience. Freshman Misty Harper and sophomore Erica Lazarus will lead the FSU women in Auburn, Ala., and freshman Nick Stuart and sophomore David Stuart should set the pace for the men.