March 18, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (SEMINOLES.com) – The national runner-up Florida State women’s cross country team and head coach Karen Harvey have announced the signing of several elite student-athletes that will be joining the squad this fall.
The following is a breakdown of the newest FSU women’s distance runners.
Aubree Worden (Scottsbluff High School/Scottsbluff, Neb.):
Aubree Worden comes to Florida State as a three time Nebraska state champion in cross country. At the 2010 cross country state championship, Worden broke that state record in the 4K with a time of 14:22. She was named the 2010 Gatorade XC Athlete of the Year in Nebraska for her efforts.
Worden is also a four time state champion in track field. She won the 1600 and 3200 meter state titles in 2010 and 2009. In addition to her state titles, Worden won the seeded section of the prestigious Arcadia Invitational in the 1600 meter run. She went on to compete in the 2010 Jr. Nationals for track and field. Her time of 4:35 in the 1500 meter run was good enough for 6th in the event.
Teresa Ristow (Holy Trinity Academy/Melbourne, Fla.):
Teresa Ristow will be joining the Seminoles after a decorated career at Florida’s Holy Trinity Academy. This past cross country season, she was her district champion and went on to be an All State performer on a team that won the state meet for the second year in a row. Ristow went on the win the FACA All Star meet that was held in Tallahassee. She ran her PR of 17:49 at the Holy Trinity Fall Classic.
During the 2010 track season, Ristow was a state qualifier in the 3200 meter run. She has already posted a PR this track season in the event of 11:25.
Jackie Drouin will be transferring from Columbia University to join the Florida State track team for the 2012 season while she works on her Masters Degree. While at Columbia, she qualified for the NCAA East Regional Championships in both the 5K and the 1500 meter run. Drouin ended up being a finalist at regionals in the 1500. This capped a season in which she was the 1500 meter champion for both Ivy League and the ECAC. She finished the season with a personal best of 4:22 in the event.
She is majoring in Political Science and is coming to FSU to get her masters in International Affairs. Drouin is also a former high school teammate of current FSU runner Amanda Winslow.
Colleen Quigley (Nerinx Hall High School/ St. Louis, Mo.):
Colleen Quigley will join the Lady Noles after coming off a stellar cross country season which saw her qualify for the prestigious Footlocker National Championship Meet. Quigley earned All-American honors at the meet when she finished in the top 20. Prior to that she ran a PR of 17:38 at the Midwest Regional to qualify for the meet. She was also her district and sectional champion, along with being an All State performer. Quigley was also a Missouri All State performer in 2009.
During the 2010 track season she was the state runner up in both the 1600 and 3200 meter runs, when she ran personal bests of 4:54 and 10:53 respectively.
Katie Knowles (Bristol & West/Birmingham University/Cornwall, England):
Katie Knowles will be coming across the pond from England, continuing a strong line of Seminoles who have hailed from the UK. While competing for Birmingham University, Knowles has excelled at both the 1500 and the 5000 meter run. Knowles posted a personal best in the 1500 of 4:33 at a BMC Nike Grand Prix meet during the 2010 season. During the 2009 season, she ran the 5K in 16:57.
Knowles has also shown her strength for cross country races. At the 2010 UK Cross Challenge, she placed 27th overall, and was the 8th collegian, with an 8.1 K time of 28:49. She also took 5th at the BMC Cross Country Classic with a 4K time of 14:20.
Linden Hall (Essendon/Victoria, Australia):
Linden Hall rounds out the FSU recruiting class of 2011. Hailing from Australia, Hall has competed in a number of high profile meets in her native country. At the Australian Athletic Championships, she placed 5th in the 1500 meter run with a time of 4:23. At the Victorian Championships, which took place at Olympic Park in Melbourne, she placed 3rd in the 800 with a time of 2:13.
In 2008 Hall represented Australia in the Commonwealth Games, where she competed in both the 1500 and 3000 meter run. Hall has also performed well on the cross country course. In 2009 she was the runner up at the Australian Junior Cross Country Championships with a 6K time of 22:24.