Oct. 4, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State cross country standouts Amanda Winslow and Mike Fout were honored by the Atlantic Coast Conference Tuesday as Performers of the Week for their impressive efforts at Friday’s Notre Dame Invitational.
Winslow, a junior co-captain from Lawrenceville, Ga., led the Seminoles to a resounding victory in the women’s division race with a fourth-place finish. Despite cold, wind and rain, Winslow showed the way over the 5k course in 17:06 as FSU placed all five scoring runs in the top 18.
The Seminoles scored just 54 points, walloping 18th-ranked Arkansas – the runner-up – which finished with 116. Second-ranked New Mexico was a distant third. They were just two of the five nationally-ranked teams in the 28-team field which finished behind coach Karen Harvey’s club.
Fout, from La Porte, Ind., shared Performer of the Week honors on the men’s side with Virginia Tech’s Michael Hammond. Returning to his home state of Indiana, the Florida State senior finished third overall. He toured the five-mile course in 24:01, and despite having to stop to put his shoe back on, came within two seconds of victory.
The Florida State men finished second overall, behind touted BYU. Coach Bob Braman’s men placed five scorers in the top 29 and knocked off seven nationally ranked teams, led by Fout’s big day.
Both Florida State teams will train through this weekend, then make the trek to Terre Haute, Ind. next week for the Oct. 16 Pre-Nationals Meet at the LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course.
Seminoles Involved In Poll Shake-Up
Last week’s cross country schedule included several nationally prominent events, including the Notre Dame Invitational, where the Seminoles participated. The results from those meets led to some significant changes in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) polls.
The Florida State women were among the biggest movers, using their victory to climb four spots to No. 3 in the country. The Seminoles trail only two-time defending national champion Villanova – the team that prevented FSU from grabbing the last two titles – and Providence.
FSU’s men were not quite as fortunate. Despite a second-place finish in a quality meet, the Seminoles slipped one spot in the rankings to No. 11, in large part because BYU used its victory at Notre Dame to vault from No. 14 to No. 6.