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  Emily Ness
Emily Ness


Tallahassee, Fla.

High School:



A New No. 1!

FSU women ascend to top spot in national cross country poll for first time

Returning for her senior season after earning a spot on the 10-person roster for the ACC Championship team in 2010...has made dramatic strides over the course of her career, moving up from the Striders to the varsity...a Tallahassee product who was a standout in cross country and track at Maclay.

Cross Country - 2010: Split time between the A- and B-team squads throughout the season...was in the lineup for the Seminoles' third consecutive ACC Championship run, where she finished 52nd in a 6k personal best time of 22:17...posted the top finish by an FSU runner - sixth overall - leading the B-team to the Royal Challenge victory in Charlotte, N.C. with a 5k personal best of 17:55...placed eighth against Boston University in a dual meet to preview the ACC Championship course...was FSU's No. 2 finisher in the season-opening Covered Bridge Invitational at Appalachian State. 2009 & 2008: Spent the majority of her time running with the Striders a freshman she ran a season best 18:56 5k at the Auburn Invitational...also logged a 19:16 at the FSU Invitational.

Track - 2011: Began the year indoors at the Jimmy Carnes Invitational, where she finished seventh in the 3,000 in 10:24.59...made the transition to steeplechase count, earning a spot on the ACC Outdoor Championships travel roster...did not score but finished 10th with a personal best time of 10:51.31...finished second in the 1,500 at the FSU Relays in a career best 4:39.76...a week later at the Florida Relays posted another personal best in the 5,000 (17:46.31)...tuned up for the ACC Championships with a 2,000 steeplechase second place finish at the FSU Invitational in 7:08.15. 2010: Did not compete. 2009: Ran a limited track schedule, notching a then-best 4:51 in the 1,500 at the FSU Invitational and a 2:19 in the 800 at the FSU Twilight...her season best 800 came indoors with a 2:17.


Displayed great range throughout her high school career, excelling in both cross country and track for the state title-contending Maclay School program...was captain of both the cross country and track teams as a a senior in track she scored in both hurdle events, placing second in the 300 and sixth in the a junior in 2007 she anchored 1A State runner-up 4x800 and 4x400 relay teams.


Outstanding student who is majoring in environmental science...has been on the Dean's List each semester since her 2008 arrival at FSU...aspires to a career in medicine, either as a physician's assistant or physical therapist...daughter of Carol and John Ness...has two sisters and a niece, Tara...born May 16, 1990.

Personal Bests

Cross Country: 5k - 17:55; 6k - 22:17

Track: 1,500 - 4:39.76; 3,000 (indoor) - 10:24.59; 5,000 (outdoor) - 17:46.31; 2,000 steeplechase - 7:08.15; 3,000 steeplechase - 10:51.31

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