October 13, 2005 - by
Seminoles Cross Country Ready to Run at NCAA Pre-National Meet

Oct. 13, 2005

Terre Haute, Ind. – The Florida State No. 17 men’s and women’s cross country teams begin their championships seasons as they head to Terre Haute, Ind., for the NCAA Pre-Nationals Meet on Saturday, October 15, 2005. The race site is the LaVern Gibson Course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center.

The meet will begin with the men’s 8K blue race at 11:00 a.m. and be followed by the men’s 8K white race at 11:40 a.m. The women’s 6K blue and white races will be run at 12:20 p.m. and 12:55 p.m., respectively. The day will close with a men’s 8K open race at 1:30 p.m. and a women’s 5K open race at 2:10 p.m. The entire field for all six races will consist of 75 men’s teams (23 ranked) and 78 women’s teams (19 ranked).

The Florida State No. 17 men’s squad will compete in the 8K blue race which will consist of 33 teams, 11 ranked including No.4 BYU, No. 5 Stanford, No. 10 Cal Poly, No. 12 Georgetown, No. 18 Ohio State, No. 21 Indiana, No. 22 Dartmouth, No. 23 NC State, No. 28 Kansas and No. 29 Virginia.

The Seminoles’ women’s team will run in the 5K white race which will consist 36 teams, 10 ranked including No. 2 Michigan, No. 5 Illinois, No. 6 Arizona State, No. 7 Colorado, No. 11 Wake Forest, No. 15 Princeton, No. 17 Michigan State, No. 23 Washington, No. 25 Marquette and No. 30 Oregon.

In 2004 at the NCAA Pre-Nationals Meet, the men’s team finished fifth of 35 teams with 203 points. Current senior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland / Stirling) led the way for the Seminoles as he finished in sixth-place with a time of 24:03.09. Florida State’s next runner to cross the finish line was current senior Sean Burris (Rockledge, Fla. / USF) as he placed 38th in 24:44.5. Current junior Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England / Turton) also had an solid outing as he finished in 46th place in 24:50.6.

The women’s team placed 13th of 36 teams with 424 points. Former Seminole Natalie Hughes was the first Seminole to finish as she took 30th place in 21:15.9. Current sophomores Laura Bowerman (Temple Terrance, Fla. / King) and Kirsten Hagen (Blacksburg, Va. / Christiansburg) each had impressive performances as they finished in 37th place (21:22.5) and 60th place (21:44.1), respectively.

In the Seminoles last race, the Notre Dame Invitational, the men’s team finished in fourth-place of 25 teams and was led by Lemoncello who earned his second ACC Performer of the Week honor as he took home 11th place with a time of 24:00. The women’s team finished in 12th place of 24 teams and was led by Bowerman who ran a collegiate best 5K of 17:07, good for eighth-place.

Florida State’s next competition will be on Monday, October 31, 2005 as they will host the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships at the Miccosukee Greenway.

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