Sept. 16, 2011
By Bob Thomas, Seminoles.com
SENECA, S.C. – Under controlled conditions the Florida State cross country teams knocked off some rust in Friday’s first full varsity event of the season and came away from the Clemson Invitation encouraged about the future.
Neither coach Bob Braman’s FSU men or Karen Harvey’s women laced up the spikes, but instead followed a pre-ordained plan to run conservatively early and finish strong. Not only did the Seminole teams accomplish their goals, the men came away with a lopsided victory, while the women finished second to the host Tigers.
“We ran under control for first three miles – we ran as a pack – and then took off,” said Braman. “We ran really hard from 3-5 (miles). … We did exactly what we wanted to accomplish.”
Senior Michael Fout picked up where he left off after earning All-American honors in 2010, placing third over the 8-kilometer in 24:13.7 with a strong finishing surge. On his heels was junior co-captain Wes Rickman, the second of five Seminoles in the top eight, who finished fourth (24:16.5).
They were chased to the finish by Seminole senior Seth Proctor (sixth, 24:24.9), sophomore Jakub Zivec (seventh, 24:28.0) and freshman AJ de Valle (eight, 24:32.1), who was making his Florida State debut.
The Seminoles, ranked No. 8 nationally, finished with 28 points; well ahead of runner-up Virginia Tech (70) and Davidson (87).
Harvey’s FSU women had a little less time to run down the front-runners in the 6-kilometer race.
“We just tempoed the first 5k and let them loose the last kilometer,” said Harvey. “I think it went pretty well. It was pretty treacherous to have eight people just take off and start flying. I think the girls cut each other off.”
The Seminoles, ranked No. 6 nationally, very nearly ran down a victory, finishing nine points behind the host Clemson Tigers, 45-54. Furman was a distant third with 111 points.
Junior All-American Jessica Parry led the charge with an eighth-place finish (21:17.8). Senior Hannah Brooks, an All-American in the 1,500 meters on the track in the spring, was 10th (21:18.8) and the first of five consecutive `Noles across the finish line.
Junior transfer Violah Lagat was 11th (21:19.1) in her Seminole cross country debut, followed by junior Kayleigh Tyerman (12th, 21:25.2) Amanda Winslow (13th, 21:28.5) and freshman Colleen Quigley (14th, 21:29.0). Just behind the pack was freshman Aubree Worden (16th, 21:35.2).
In addition to Lagat, Tyerman, Quigley and Worden were also making their FSU debuts.
“I think we came out of it very well,” Harvey said. “It’s an end to a great week; a hard week. …
“The girls gave me a lot of really good feedback (about the course). I can tell they’re all really excited. They got a lot out of it.”
And ultimately, that was the purpose of the trip to Musser Farms, which will play host to the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship on Oct. 29. The Seminole men and women are defending ACC champions.
“The footing is really a little rough,” Braman said of the course, which winds through a peach grove over hard clay. “It rolls a little bit, but nothing that’s going to make a flat-land team like us disadvantaged.
“We learned a lot. I’m glad we came. We’ll develop a strategy for the conference meet from being here.”
WOMEN – Team scores
1. Clemson, 45
2. Florida State, 54
3. Furman, 111
4. Virginia Tech, 120
5. Wake Forest, 127
6. USC Upstate, 141
7. Georgia Tech, 189
8. King College, 231
9. Anderson, 233
10. Converse, 327
11. Erskine, 342
12. Chattahoochee Tech, 365
FSU Individuals (6k): 8. Jessica Parry, 21:17.8; 10. Hannah Brooks, 21:18.8; 11. Violah Lagat, 21:19.1; 12. Kayleigh Tyerman, 21:25.2; 13. Amanda Winslow, 21:28.5; 14. Colleen Quigley, 21:29.0; 16. Aubree Worden, 21:35.2; 28. Chelsi Woodruff, 21:52.8; 31. Linden Hall, 21:57.4; 33. Kaitlyn Iselborn, 22:18.5.
MEN – Team scores
1. Florida State, 28
2. Virginia Tech, 70
3. Davidson, 87
4. Georgia Tech, 125
5. Clemson, 132
6. Wake Forest, 137
7. Furman, 143
FSU Individuals (8k): 3. Michael Fout, 24:13.7; 4. Wes Rickman, 24:16.5; 6. Seth Proctor, 24:24.9; 7. Jakub Zivec, 24:28.0; 8. AJ del Valle, 24:32.1; 49. Marc Akbar, 25:33.1; 54. Jacob Brooks, 25:38.8; 56. Sean Quinn, 25:46.8.