August 31, 2001 - by
FSU Men’s, Women’s Cross Country Place Second In Season Opener

Aug. 31, 2001

Florida State University’s men’s and women’s cross country team opened the 2001 season finishing second in their respective races Friday evening at the Appalachian State Invitational in Boone, N.C. The South Florida women and the Wake Forest men held off the competition to win their races at the Greenway Trail Course.

Wake Forest grabbed four of the top eight positions, including first place, on its way to collecting 23 points to finish first in the 12-team men’s field. Wake Forest’s Garick Hill crossed the line first with a time of 24:50, with High Point’s Tommy Evans at 24:54 to finish second. Florida State came in second with 80 points, and Clemson’s 102 points was good for fourth. High Point amassed 143 points for fifth, and North Florida’s 183 points put them in sixth. Davidson was seventh with 236, Milligan eighth with 241, and Radford was ninth with 250. Rounding out the field were Winthrop (256), Roanoke (279), and UNC Asheville (315).

In a race similar to last year’s women’s contest, the Lady Seminoles settled for second place behind South Florida, winner of the ASU Invitational three years running. Brooke Novak of Tennessee took the individual title, posting a time of 17:39 for the course. Runner Sarah Davey came in second with a time of 18:01, with South Florida’s Kristy Fuller on her heels at 18:04.

Behind South Florida (37 points) and Florida State (52 points) was Wake Forest in third with 87 points. Tennessee, behind a strong performance by Novak and fifth-place Jessica Southers, finished in fourth place with 107 points. UNC Asheville nudged out Appalachian for fifth by two points, 141 and 143 respectively. Seventh place went to North Florida (215 points), with Davidson (236 points), Winthrop (238 points), High Point (254 points), Milligan (317 points), and Roanoke (321 points) rounding out the field.

Individual results to follow.

The Seminoles will have a break in between meets before returning to action Sept. 22 to host their only home meet of the season at Miccasukee Greenway in Tallahassee, Fla. The Seminoles will participate in the Across the State Relay Sept. 7 where the men’s and women’s team will run across the state of Florida in one day to raise money to be donated to local charities and the Tallahassee Parks and Recreation Service.

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