Sept. 22, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. - The Florida State women's cross country team dominated competition at the 5k FSU Invitational for the fifth year in a row, taking the win with 31 points. In the team's only home race of the season, freshman Pilar McShine finished the first collegiate race of her career at the head of the pack, leading the Seminoles to victory.
"I've been telling her [McShine] the last couple of weeks how much fitter she's getting," said women's coach Karen Harvey. "I told her yesterday in my office, `You can win this race,' and she just went out there and did it. She looked strong and she just kept eating away at the leader."
In all, nine Seminoles crossed the line in the top 20. McShine (Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago) finished at 18:02.53, followed by sophomore Christina Woytalewicz (Brandon, Fla.) with a third-place time of 18:24.36. Crossing in a pack at eight, nine and 10 were junior Amanda Hahn (Gainesville, Fla.) at 18:41.72, freshman Bree McCardle (Queensland, Australia) at 18:48.29 and junior Shannon Coates (Delray Beach, Fla.) at 18:50.16.
"I ran my race just like my coach told me to do and it went well," said McShine. "I've got a little boost in my confidence now, but I still have a lot of things to work on, this is just the beginning."
Finishing second behind the home team was the University of Tampa with 49 points. University of North Florida took third with 98 points, Florida Atlantic came in at fourth with 132, and Florida Southern rounded out the top five with 147.
Next week, the men's and women's Florida State cross country teams will travel to Indiana to compete in one of the biggest races of the reason, the Notre Dame Invitational.
For highlights from today's race, check out the on-demand ACC Select coverage here at Seminoles.com.
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