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  Lydia Willemse
Lydia Willemse


Forest, Ontario

High School:
St. Christopher



Track Star Scholars

Fout, Winslow Sweep ACC Scholar-Athlete awards; Brits, Winslow Academic All-Americans


NCAA Participant

Steeplechase: 2008

NCAA All-East Region

Steeplechase: 2008

NCAA All-South Region

Cross Country: 2007

ACC Champion

Distance Medley Relay: 2008


Steeplechase: 2006 & 2008

Distance Medley Relay: 2008

2007 USTFCCCA Division I Women's All-Academic Track and Field Team

2007 USTFCCCA Division I Women's All-Academic Cross Country Team

2006 ACC Outdoor Freshman of the Year

Collegiate Bests:

5K (XC):17:03

6K (XC):21:07

1500m: 4:32.47

Steeplechase: 10:18.94

5000m: 16:55.34

Distance Medley Relay - 11:11.0 - FSU, ACC & ACC Meet Record

2008 Track:


· Participated in her first NCAA Championships running in the prelims of the steeplechase.

· Took sixth in the steeplechase at the NCAA East Regional Championships with a time of 10:30.78 to earn All-East Region honors.

· Notched her top time in the steeplechase with a 10:18.94 mark at the Georgia Tech Invitational, improving on the third-best time in school history.

· Clocked a 10:32.60 in the steeple to take second and earn All-ACC honors at the ACC Championships.

· First regionally qualified at the Stanford Relays with a 10:24.21 in the steeplechase.


· Raced the third-leg of the ACC Champion Distance Medley Relay that shattered the conference record with an 11:11.03 mark.

· Took fourth in the 3000m run at the conference meet with an NCAA Indoor Provisional time of 9:33.85.

· Cut more than 15 seconds off her 3000m time throughout the year.

2007 Cross Country:

· Ran a personal-best 6K time of 21:43.89 to take 25th at the NCAA South Region Meet and earned All-Region honors.

· Earned first place honors at the 5K Great American Invitational with a time of 18:43.90.

· Helped the team to the ACC and South Region Championships as well as a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships.

2007 Track:

Outdoor -

· Qualified for the NCAA East Regional where she finished 13th in the steeplechase with a season-best time of 10:32.42, the eighth-fastest time in the conference.

· Took ninth in the steeplechase at the ACC Championships, posting a time of 10:45.52.

· Best 3000m performance came at the Penn Relays where she finished 14th with a mark of 9:58.33.

Indoor -

· Ran the fastest 3000m time on the team at the ACC Championships as she posted a sixth-place mark of 9:40.97.

2006 Cross Country:

· Had her best 5K race of the year at the Notre Dame Invitational where she finished 82nd overall with an 18:10.

· Best 6K time was a 22:42.7 to take 38th at the ACC Championships.

· Came in 70th with a 6K time of 23:36.1 in the NCAA South Region Championships.

2006 Track:

Outdoor -

· Placed 11th at the NCAA East Regional in the steeplechase with a time of 10:31.36.

· Ran a season-best 10:27.01 to take second at the ACC Championships and earned All-ACC honors.

· Posted her first qualifying mark at the Stanford Invitational where she took sixth in a time of 10:28.20.

· Second at the FSU Relays in the 1500m in 4:34.11.

Indoor -

· Competed in the 3000m run at the Pepsi Invitational to finish fifth in a time of 9:57.02.

· Raced to a 10:33.62 in the 3000m at the ACC Championships.

2005 Cross Country:

· Proved to be one of the Seminoles' top runners finishing in the top five on the team in all six meets.

· Finished 13th at the FSU Invitational in 18:24.01 and 59th at the Notre Dame Invitational in a season-best 17:57.

· Finished 76th in her first 6K of the season at the NCAA Pre-National Meet recording a time of 21:51.6.

· Took 46th by running the 5.75k in 20:56.0 at the ACC Championships.

· Closed the 2005 season finishing 31st at the NCAA South Regional in the 6K with a 22:06.79.


· Finished 13th at the OFSAA Cross Country Championships.

· Named to the Canadian National Junior Track Team in the 3000m steeplechase.

· Holds the Canadian Junior 2,000m steeplechase record with a time of 6:48.98 which she set at the Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships in 2005.

· Won the title in the 1,500m steeplechase at the 2005 OFSAA Track and Field Championships.


Born April 25, 1986... Majoring in chemistry.

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