Oct. 14, 2006
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State No. 27 Men’s and No. 12 Women’s Cross Country teams ran at the 2006 Pre-Nationals today, October 14th. The men placed second with their highest Pre-Nationals finish ever with 141 points. The women’s team placed seventh with 268 points.
On the men’s team, senior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland) placed fifth with a time of 23:45.8. After competing sick at Notre Dame two weeks ago, junior Mark Buckingham (Huddersfield, England) came back strong with a 13th place finish for a 24:01.1 finish. Coming in right after him was junior Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England) placing 14th at 24:01.6. Junior Luke Gunn (Forest Gate, England) placed 26th with a time of 24:09.5. With a lifetime best of 24:47.1 was junior Chris Nickinson (Pensacola, Fla.) to place 83rd.
“We came into the meet placed 27th in the country and now we are looking at a definite top ten ranking,” said head coach Bob Braman. “We beat our arch rival NC State, who was the number one team in the ACC, they beat us badly at Notre Dame. Probably the MVP of the team was Mark Buckingham. Mark was sick two weeks ago and finished sixtieth at Notre Dame and today had a much better finish and was our number two guy and finished thirteenth overall.”
On the women’s side, junior Amy Huss (Wyomissing, Penn.) placed the fourth fastest time ever at Florida State with a 27th finish of 20:49.2. Freshman Susan Kuijken (Nijemor, Netherlands) had a time of 21:08.1 to finish 51st. Senior Barbara Parker (Norfolk, England) finished behind her at 53rd with a time of 21:09.9. Finishing in 62nd was junior Jessica Crate (Brights Grove, Ontario, Canada) with her fastest time of 21:16.9. Junior Laura Bowerman (Temple Terrace, Fla.) closed out the top five with a 74th finish with a mark of 21:24.2.
“I really felt that the ladies competed hard. I probably ran them too hard last week in training,” stated Braman. “A few of them were fighting hard but not running as hard as they liked to. We also had a bunch of lifetime best times. That is the fastest our fifth girl has ever run at any meet in the history of Florida State. We have accomplished what we came here to do which was to run hard, compete hard and to get some victories. Trust me, in two weeks at the ACCs, there are going to be some awfully hungry ladies out there trying to win the championship.”
“What we were trying to do at this meet was beat a lot of great teams. Both teams, men and women, beat a lot of great teams. We pretty much punched our tickets to the National Championships today as long as we are in the top three or four at the Regions.”
The Seminoles’ next meet is at the ACC Championships in Charlottesville, Virginia on October 28th.