Sept. 13, 2005
Tallahassee, Fla. - This Saturday, September 17, 2005 the Florida State cross country men's and women's teams will host the FSU Cross Country Invitational at the Miccosukee Greenway Park. The collegiate men's 8K will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the collegiate women's 5K will start at 8:10 a.m. The first high school race will commence at 8:40 a.m. with the varsity boys and will be followed by the varsity girls at 9:10 a.m., junior varsity boys at 9:45 a.m. and junior varsity girls at 10:20 a.m. College and high school team awards will be given out at 11:00 a.m.
Seventeen collegiate men's teams and nineteen collegiate women's teams are expected to participate. The collegiate field will include Auburn, Bethune-Cookman, Clemson (women only), Embry-Riddle, Florida, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, Florida Southern, Florida Tech, Georgia Tech, Jacksonville, North Florida, Saint Leo, Tampa, Texas A&M, Troy State, University of Central Florida and Webber International (women only).
At last year's home meet, the Seminoles dominated on both the men's and women's sides. The Seminoles swept both overall meet crowns as the men's team recorded a 30 point win and the women's squad posted a season low of 15 points in their victory. Senior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland/ Stirling), in his very first collegiate cross country race for FSU, finished the 8K in 25:35.20 and claimed the individual meet title. Former Seminole Natalie Hughes took the women's 5K meet title as she crossed the finish line in 17:44.46.
So far in 2005, the Seminoles men's and women's squads have been led by Lemoncello, the 2004 individual ACC Champion, and sophomore Laura Bowerman (Temple Terrance, FL/ King). Each took home individual meet titles at the Covered Bridge Open and also helped FSU to 29 and 38 point victories, respectively. The following week the Seminole Striders finished in tenth place at the Mountain Dew Invitational where sophomore Audrey Hand (Virginia Beach, VA/ Kellam) had a strong showing finishing in 29th place.
Later this season, Florida State will host the 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships at Miccosukee Greenway Park on Monday, October 31.