Sept. 26, 2003
CARY, N.C. - With only three more races before the Atlantic Coast Conference meet in November, the Florida State University women's and men's cross country squads got their best look at league competition while racing some of the best teams in the country on Friday (September 26) at Great American Cross Country Festival. On the women's side the Seminoles came in fourth, while the men placed 11th.
The only teams to finish ahead of the Seminole women's team was league schools North Carolina State and North Carolina, as well as tenth-ranked Northern Arizona. Florida State was only two points behind UNA at 109-107 while defeating ranked conference opponent Virginia and Duke.
Turning in the top performance for the Tribe was Vicki Gill as she came in second with a time of 17:07.20. Gill earned her sixth year of eligibility twelve minutes before start time. Following her across the tape was junior Natalie Hughes in 14th place at 18:15.8, followed by senior Helen Hofstede as her time of 18:37.30 placed her 22nd. Rounding out the Seminole placewinners was junior Anne Clinton in 27th with a time of 18:44.30 while sophomore Rachel Marsh crossed the line in 19:16.3 to take 47th. Completing the FSU entries were rookie Heather Clark with a time of 19:21.50 and sophomore Jenny Gomez's mark of 20:18.80.
In a highly competitive men's division, Florida State was within striking distance of league rivals Duke and No. 14 North Carolina State. Of the ten teams that finished ahead of the Seminoles, six were ranked with FSU finishing ahead of No. 22 Butler.
Pacing the men's race was junior Joep Tigchelaar as his 16th-place finish of 26.14.30 was the sixth fastest time among conference racers. While Ian Hornabrooke was just 41 seconds behind Tigchelaar, 40 runners separated the two as he placed 46th with his mark of 26:49.2. Working as a team, sophomore Kevin Cook (27:08.20), junior Eddie Rodriguez (27:08.20) and freshman Luke Beevor (27:09.6) finished 58, 59 and 60, respectively.
Wrapping up the race for the Seminoles was freshman Tom Lancashire as he placed 113th with a time of 28.16.30 followed by junior Jim Van Veen's 117th-place showing at 28:23.60. Both teams will be back in action next Saturday (October 4) when they complete in the FLRunners.com Invitational in Tampa. Fla.