Oct. 18, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Florida State graduate students Kemper Morton and Jessica Butler turned in team-leading cross country performances Friday for the Seminoles at the Crimson Classic on the University of Alabama campus.
On the heels of a solid showing at last week's FSU Invitational, Morton finished 36th over the challenging 8,000-meter Harry Pritchett Cross Country Course, which will serve as the host site for the NCAA South Region on Nov. 15. The former Troy standout covered the distance in 25:45.17 to help the Seminole men to an 11th-place finish in a field of 23 teams.
Butler posted the highest finish of the day by a Seminole, placing 23rd in the women's 5000-meter race in 17:54.08. It was the second consecutive strong performance for the former Division II All-American from the University of Tampa. The Florida State women placed 10th out of 26 teams.
The Seminole men's and women's teams were comprised of runners battling for the final few spots on the ACC Championship meet roster. The balance of the two FSU teams are in Terre Haute, Ind., where they will compete in Saturday's Indiana State Pre-National meet at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, which will host the NCAA Championship meet on Nov. 23.
Sean Quinn (46th, 25:56.98), Avery Lopez (57th, 26:09.59), Max del Monte (69th, 26:19.94) and Chris Godwin (84th, 26:33.93) rounded out the finishers for the Seminole men, who finished with 280 points. Auburn won the men's team title with 45 points, followed by Texas-Arlington, Stephen F. Austin and Mississippi State.
Junior Chelsi Woodruff continued her comeback season by placing 35th (18:08.16) for the Seminole women, who also received scoring performances from Teresa Ristow (55th, 18:25.80), Christine Griggs (69th, 18:42.61) and Kaitlyn Kelly (89th, 18:57.70).
The Seminole women finished with 258 points in a meet won by host Alabama (54), which led a sweep of the top four spots by SEC teams fielding their full lineups.