Florida State Men's Cross Country - 2007 Year In Review

Florida State Men's Cross Country - 2007 Year In Review

Coaching Staff
Bob Braman, Head Coach
Althea Belgrave, Graduate Assistant
Karen Harvey, Assistant Coach
Sean McManus, Volunteer Assistant
Kevin Sullivan, Volunteer Assistant
Joey Zins, Graduate Assistant

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2007 Men's & Women's Cross Country


2007 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

Justin Harbor, Bunnell

David Huckaby, 5-9, Fort Mill, SC

Kevin Jones, 5-8, Dover

Matt Leeder, Brockville, Ontario, Canada

Tyler Price, Wakulla

Seth Proctor, Orlando

Daniel Roberts, Vicksburg, MI

Daniel Silva, Miami

Nick Sunseri, Raleigh, NC


2007 Roster - By Name

L
T                            PY
R Name                  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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* Trey Andrews          So-R *    Titusville (Astronaut)
  Jonathan Blocker      Fr-R      Tallahassee (Chiles)
* Mark Buckingham       Sr   *    Huddersfield, England (Sheffield Hallam)
  Javier Cruz           Jr-R *    Miami (Belen Jesuit Prep)
* Steeve Gabart         Jr        Miami (North Miami/Rend Lake College)
* Luke Gunn             Jr   *    Forest Gate, England (Birmingham)
* Justin Harbor         Fr-R      Bunnell (Flager-Palm Coast/Oregon)
  David Huckaby         Fr        Fort Mill, SC (Fort Mill)
  Kevin Jones           Fr        Dover (Durant)
  Andrew Krumins        Sr        Melbourne, Australia (Scotch College/Swinburne)
  Jason Lakritz         So-R *    New Windsor, NY (Newburgh Free Academy)
* Matt Leeder           Fr        Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Thousand Island Secondary)
  Christian Minor       Jr        Rockledge (Rockledge)
  Chris Nickinson       Sr-R **   Pensacola (Washington)
  Tommy Noyes           Sr-R *    North Canton, OH (Hoover)
  Tyler Price           Fr        Wakulla (Wakulla)
  Seth Proctor          Fr        Orlando (Edgewater)
* Daniel Roberts        So        Vicksburg, MI (Crested Butte Academy/Cedarville)
  Daniel Silva          Fr        Miami (Belen Jesuit Prep)
* Nick Sunseri          So-R      Raleigh, NC (Cardinal Gibbons/UNC-Charlotte)
  Stephen Wilson        So-R      Brandon (Riverview)

2007 Schedule and Results

DATE
REF
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
08/31
 
N
COVERED BRIDGE OPEN
Boone, NC
1st Place
09/28
Ref
N
NOTRE DAME INVITATIONAL
Notre Dame, In
5th Place
09/29
Ref
N
AUBURN INVIATIONAL
Auburn, Al
 
10/13
Ref
N
NCAA PRE-NATIONALS
Terre Haute, In
14th Place
10/27
Ref
N
ACC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Charlottesville, Va
3rd Place
11/10
Ref
N
NCAA SOUTH REGION CHAMPIONSHIP
Gainesville, Fl
2nd Place
11/19
Ref
N
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Terre Haute, In
20th Place
                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
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FSU RECORD IS    0- 0     0- 0     0- 0     0- 0


2007 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE RESULTS
 1  VIRGINIA               32
 2  NORTH CAROLINA STATE   39
 3  FLORIDA STATE         130
 4  CLEMSON               137
 5  VIRGINIA TECH         139
 6  DUKE                  156
 7  WAKE FOREST           193
 8  BOSTON COLLEGE        195
 9  MARYLAND              206
10  NORTH CAROLINA        246
11  GEORGIA TECH          271
12  MIAMI                 381

2007 EOY Stats

Team Overall Name Races Top 7 Top 10 Wins =============================================== Mark Buckingham 6 6 2 0 Matt Leeder 6 6 1 0 Daniel Roberts 6 6 1 0 Steeve Gabart 6 6 1 0 Nick Sunseri 6 5 1 0 Luke Gunn 4 4 1 0 Trey Andrews 2 2 0 0 Justin Harbor 2 2 0 0 Javier Cruz 2 1 0 0 Jason Lakritz 2 0 0 0 Jonathan Blocker 1 0 0 0 Christian Minor 1 0 0 0

COVERED BRIDGE OPEN, 1st place
08/31/2007, Boone, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Men's Cross Country Team Takes First at Covered Bridge Open, Women Take Second.

Buckingham wins men's title; Kuijken runs away with the women's race.

BOONE, NC - Led by senior Mark Buckingham and freshman Matt Leeder, the Florida State men's cross country team took first place at the Covered Bridge Open hosted by Appalachian State. The Seminole women also dominated the competition as they finished second behind sophomore All-America Susan Kuijken.

The men's team finished first with a score of 25 in the 8k race, beating second-place hosts Appalachian State by 43 points. The women came in second behind 2006 NCAA South Regional champion Georgia, as they finished the 5k event with 35 points. This marks the seventh-straight year that both Seminole teams have finished in the top five at the race, held at the State Farm Fields in Boone, N.C.

Buckingham (Huddersfield, England) crossed the line with a wining time of 25:33.45, while Leeder (Brockville, Ontario) was just a fraction of a second behind at 25:34.00. Sophomore transfer Daniel Roberts (Vicksburg, Miss.), came in with a fifth-place time of 25:38.84, and junior Nick Sunseri (Raleigh, N.C.) rounded out the top ten for the Seminoles in ninth at 25:49.92.

"The thing that was exciting is that we beat Georgia and Tennessee, who are two of the top five teams in the region," head coach Bob Braman said of the men's performance. "We put five guys ahead of Georgia's number two and six guys ahead of Tennessee's number one; that's pretty big for us. Buckingham has been good, but he just looked really good today. We had a great pack run and that's what we're going to need in order to be successful. We had some nice surprises out there and we've got a chance to be pretty special this year."

Also crossing the line inside the top fifteen were senior Luke Gunn (Forest Gate, England) - 11th (25:55.56), sophomore Trey Andrews (Titusville, Fla.) - 12th (25:57.98) and junior Steeve Gabart (Miami, Fla.) - 15th (26:04.11).

Kuijken (Negmejor, Netherlands) led the women across the line at 18:00.03, as she beat the nearest runner by a full 18 seconds. Sophomore transfer Hannah England (Oxford, England) finished second for Florida State, coming in fifth overall at 18:22.65 while senior Kirsten Hagen (Blacksburg, Va.) registered a ninth-place time of 18:46. Sophomore Christina Woytalewicz (Brandon, Fla.) - 12th (18:53.53) and junior Lydia Willemse (Forest, Ontario) - 13th (18:59.72) also finished in the top 15.

"I felt like we did a pretty good job against the defending NCAA regional champion Georgia," Braman said of the women's team. I feel like we can be better; we have a chance to win the region. Susan just dominated. She was absolutely cruising and won easily. We ran without three of our top six so I feel like we're going to get better. It was a good outing for the ladies, but obviously we have to go to November so we're not going to get carried away one way or the other."

With two dominant wins to start the season, the Seminoles will return to Florida to play host to the FSU Invitational on September 22.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Men's Team Finish:                                                                                                                                                                                      
1) Florida State       25                                                                                                                                                                               
2) Appalachian State   68                                                                                                                                                                               
3) Georgia             92                                                                                                                                                                               
4) Tennessee          107                                                                                                                                                                               
5) Winthrop           120                                                                                                                                                                               
MEN 8K RACE
Place  Name                       Points   Time
=====  =========================  ======  ========
   2   Mark Buckingham                1   25:33.45
   3   Matt Leeder                    2   25:34.00
   5   Daniel Roberts                 4   25:38.84
   9   Nick Sunseri                   8   25:49.92
  11   Luke Gunn                     10   25:55.56
  12   Trey Andrews                  11   25:57.98
  15   Steeve Gabart                 14   26:04.11
  28   Jonathan Blocker             xxx   26:31.54
  30   Javier Cruz                  xxx   26:32.53
  33   Christian Minor              xxx   26:39.08
  42   Jason Lakritz                xxx   26:59.68

NOTRE DAME INVITATIONAL, 5th place
09/28/2007, Notre Dame, In

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Cross Country Women Take Third, Men Take Fifth At Notre Dame Invite.

Sophomore All-America Susan Kuijken conquers women's competition with first-place finish.

NOTRE DAME, IN - In the first major race of the season, Florida State dominated competition at the Notre Dame Invitational as the No. 12-ranked women finished the 5k race in third with 141 points and the No. 24-ranked men took fifth in the 8k with 147 points. Sophomore All-America Susan Kuijken crossed the line first in the women's run.

"We did a good job," said head coach Bob Braman. "It definitely served its purpose for us. On the women's side, we beat some highly ranked women's teams, which is really going to help us."

In the women's race, Florida State out-ran two higher ranked opponents--No. 2 Michigan and No. 11 Providence, marking the Seminoles' first victory over the Wolverines in program history. FSU topped the ACC competition in the 21-team field as they finished ahead of No. 16 NC State and No. 21 Boston College.

Following Kuijken's (Nijmegen, Netherlands) first-place, 16:32 finish, freshman Hannah England (Oxford, England) crossed the line second for FSU in 14th with a time of 17:16. Senior Debbie Huss (Wyomissing, Pa.) finished next in 29th (17:36) followed by ACC Cross Country Performer of the Week, freshman Pilar McShine (Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago) in 34th (17:40). Senior Kirsten Hagen (Blacksburg, Va.) rounded out the top scorers for the Seminoles in 64th (17:59).

Senior Luke Gunn (Forest Gate, England) finished first for the men, crossing the line with a 12th-place time of 24:13 after a disappointing leg cramp in the last few yards of the race dropped him out the sixth spot. Fellow senior Mark Buckingham (Huddersfield, England) finished next for the Seminoles with a 26th-place time of 24:28. Freshman Matt Leeder (Brockville, Ontario) finished next in 29th (24:30), followed by sophomore Daniel Roberts (Vicksburg, Michigan) in 36th (24:38) and junior Steeve Gabart (Miami, Fla.) in 44th (24:48).

The men's team finished ahead of No. 17 Brigham Young and No. 25 Michigan as well as ACC opponents No. 26 Boston College and Clemson the 23-team field.

"On a perfect day, the men could have been a little higher," said Braman, "but it was still a good effort. The first five finishers on both teams were pretty solid."

Both the men's and women's teams have a history of success at Notre Dame, as this year marked the fourth-consecutive top-10 finish for the men and the second for the women.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Notre Dame Invite Top Five Team Finishes:                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Men's 8k:                                                                                                                                                                                               
Notre Dame             92                                                                                                                                                                               
North Carolina State  106                                                                                                                                                                               
Providence            124                                                                                                                                                                               
Michigan              138                                                                                                                                                                               
Florida State         147                                                                                                                                                                               
MEN 8K RACE
Place  Name                       Points   Time
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  12   Luke Gunn                     12   24:13   
  26   Mark Buckingham               26   24:28   
  29   Matt Leeder                   29   24:30   
  36   Daniel Roberts                36   24:38   
  44   Steeve Gabart                 44   24:48   

AUBURN INVIATIONAL
09/29/2007, Auburn, Al

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Cross Country "B" Team Takes Sixth at Auburn Invitational.

Audrey Hand crosses the line first for the Seminoles.

AUBURN, AL - A solid grouping in the middle of the pack helped the Florida State women's cross country "B" team to a good showing at the Auburn Invitational on Saturday. The Seminoles finished the 5k race in sixth with 179 points.

Leading the team was senior Audrey Hand (Virginia Beach, Va.) as she crossed the finish line in 17:44.74 to take 26th. Finishing second im the team, 37th overall, was junior Shannon Coats (Boca Raton, Fla.) in a time of 18:05.85. Two spots back of her was senior Meredith Urban (Davie, Fla.) with a mark of 18:14.10.

Florida State put three runners within six spots to round out the scoring. Redshirt freshman Amanda Quick (Tampa, Fla.) turned in a 18:35.79 to take 51st overall, fourth on the team, and two spots back was senior Ashley Andress (Davie, Fla.) in 18:39.19.

Completing the trio for the Seminoles was senior Tina Biedenharn (Orange Park, Fla.) at 18:43.08 to take 57th. Running unattached, senior All-American Barbra Parker (Norfolk, England) took fifth in 16:44.72.

Florida State had a pair of men's team runners finish in the top 20 of the 8k race. Nick Sunseri (Raleigh, N.C.) took 18th in 25:04.87 and Jason Lakritz (New Windsor, N.Y.) Finished right behind him in 25:08.83.

Next up for the "B" team is the Great American Race on October 13th in Birmingham, Ala. That same day the varsity team will take part in the NCAA Pre-National Meet in Terre Haute, Ind.

MEN 8K RACE
Place  Name                       Points   Time
=====  =========================  ======  ========
  18   Nick Sunseri                       25:04.87
  19   Jason Lakritz                      25:08.83

NCAA PRE-NATIONALS, 14th place
10/13/2007, Terre Haute, In

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Kuijken Leads FSU Women to Second, Men take 14th at NCAA Pre-Nationals.

Sophomore Susan Kuijken finished first, running the second-fasted 6k time in school history.

TERRE HAUTE, IN - Behind sophomore All-American Susan Kuijken's best 6k time to date (19:56) Florida State dominated the competition at NCAA Pre-Nationals, finishing second behind No.1-ranked Stanford. Led by senior Mark Buckingham, the Seminole men also had a good performance to finish 14th.

"What the women did today was nothing short of spectacular," said head coach Bob Braman. "Coming in second behind the reigning national champions is just--you can't describe it as anything but spectacular. Susan did exactly what she had to do to win and it was just a real exciting race for the ladies."

Kuijken, who is undefeated this season with three first-place victories, outran her nearest competition by a full five seconds, scoring the first of the Seminoles' 123 points. After tying the defending champs at the race's halfway point, Florida State finished just 21 points behind Stanford. Among the other teams left in the Seminoles' wake were No. 4 Minnesota, No. 7 Rice, No. 9 Michigan State and ACC rivals No. 16 Boston College.

Senior Barbara Parker crossed the line in 20:39 to finish second for the Seminoles as she notched an 11th-place finish in her first race of the season. Sophomore Hannah England finished next at 14th, with a time of 20:44. Senior Debbie Huss scored fourth with a 35th-place 21:02 mark and freshman Pilar McShine rounded off the Seminoles' top five in 62nd with a time of 21:22. All five set personal bests in the 6k race.

The men's team also set a number of personal records at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course.

"Five of our top six finishers for the men ran their lifetime bests today," said Braman. "I'm very pleased with the guys' effort and we feel pretty good about where we are, having knocked off a couple of ranked teams."

Buckingham, Florida State's top scorer for the men, crossed the line in 28th place at 23:52, setting a personal-best and tying former Seminole Tom Lancashire for the fourth-fastest 8k time in school history. Sophomore Daniel Roberts finished next in 63rd with a time of 24:14, followed by junior Steeve Gabart in 66th (24:15), freshman Matt Leeder in 87th (24:31) and junior Nick Sunseri in 105th (24.42).

Among the teams who finished behind the men were No. 22 Villanova, No. 27 Washington, conference rivals Clemson and in-state rivals Florida.

Following a week off, Florida State will travel to Charlottesville, Va. Oct. 27 to compete in the ACC Championships before starting preparations for the NCAA South Region Championships in Gainesville, Fla. Nov. 10. The Seminoles will return to Terre Haute for the NCAA Championships Nov. 19.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Men's Team Results                                                                                                                                                                                      
 1  Northern Arizona       124                                                                                                                                                                          
 2  Iona                   136                                                                                                                                                                          
 3  California             157                                                                                                                                                                          
 4  Virginia               203                                                                                                                                                                          
 5  Alabama                207                                                                                                                                                                          
 6  Tulsa                  240                                                                                                                                                                          
 7  Portland               250                                                                                                                                                                          
 8  UCLA                   251                                                                                                                                                                          
 9  Louisville             263                                                                                                                                                                          
10  Iowa State             270                                                                                                                                                                          
11  Brigham Young          278                                                                                                                                                                          
12  Oklahoma State         302                                                                                                                                                                          
13  Wisconsin              347                                                                                                                                                                          
14  Florida State          349                                                                                                                                                                          
15  Ohio State             363                                                                                                                                                                          
MEN 8K RACE
Place  Name                       Points   Time
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  28   Mark Buckingham               28   23:53   
  63   Daniel Roberts                63   24:14   
  66   Steeve Gabart                 66   24:15   
  87   Matt Leeder                   87   24:31   
 105   Nick Sunseri                 105   24:42   
 156   Justin Harbor                156   25:05   
 182   Trey Andrews                 182   25:20   

ACC CHAMPIONSHIPS, 3rd place
10/27/2007, Charlottesville, Va

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminole Women Win First Cross Country ACC Championship.

Florida State takes the conference title for the first time in school history.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - As All-America Susan Kuijken extended her season-long undefeated streak to four, the Florida State women's cross country team glided to the school's first ACC Championship in Charlottesville, Va. The women took first in the 6k race with 64 points, while the men finished third with 130 points behind the only two ranked opponents the 8k run.

Kuijken, a sophomore from Nijmegen, Netherlands, clocked a 20:23.5 to finish first on top of her nearest competition by a full 13 seconds. Senior Barbara Parker crossed second for the Seminoles, coming in sixth with a time of 21:16.3. Sophomore Hannah England and freshman Pilar McShine finished back-to-back at 16th and 17th place respectively, with England recording a 21:44.1 and McShine a 21:46.8. Senior Kristen Hagen rounded out the Florida State top five at 24th with a time of 22:11.8.

Senior Mark Buckingham crossed 15th in the leading the men to a third-place finish as he clocked in at 24:32.8. Freshman Matt Leeder and junior Steeve Gabart finished together at 19th and 20th as Leeder clocked a 24:45.9 and Gabart a 24:48.3. Junior Nick Sunseri crossed at 37th with a time of 25:25.00 and sophomore Daniel Roberts finished in 39th at 25:29.3.

Florida State will now turn its focus on the upcoming NCAA South Region Championships in Gainesville, Fla. on Saturday, Nov. 10.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                   Team Scores                                                                                                                                                          
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Rank Team                      Total    1    2    3    4    5   *6   *7                                                                                                                                 
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   1 Virginia                     32    2    3    4    6   17   27   33                                                                                                                                 
   2 NC State                     39    1    7    9   10   12   13   26                                                                                                                                 
   3 Florida State               130   15   19   20   37   39   50   78                                                                                                                                 
   4 Clemson                     137    8   23   28   31   47   56   58                                                                                                                                 
   5 Virginia Tech               139   11   18   32   38   40   51   63                                                                                                                                 
   6 Duke                        156   14   30   35   36   41   46   59                                                                                                                                 
   7 Wake Forest                 193   25   34   42   43   49   64   75                                                                                                                                 
   8 Boston College              195    5   21   54   55   60   71   77                                                                                                                                 
   9 Maryland                    206   24   29   44   48   61   65   66                                                                                                                                 
  10 North Carolina              246   22   52   53   57   62   68   76                                                                                                                                 
  11 Georgia Tech                271   16   45   67   70   73   74   83                                                                                                                                 
  12 Miami                       381   69   72   79   80   81   82                                                                                                                                      
MEN 8K RACE
Place  Name                       Points   Time
=====  =========================  ======  ========
  15   Mark Buckingham               15   24:32.8 
  19   Matt Leeder                   19   24:45.9 
  20   Steeve Gabart                 20   24:48.3 
  37   Nick Sunseri                  37   25:25.0 
  39   Daniel Roberts                39   25:29.3 
  50   Justin Harbor                 50   25:52.8 
  86   Javier Cruz                   78   27:20.2 

NCAA SOUTH REGION CHAMPIONSHIP, 2nd place
11/10/2007, Gainesville, Fl

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Women Take First, Men Take Second at NCAA Cross Country Regionals.

Both Seminole squads earn automatic qualifying spots for the NCAA Championships.

GAINESVILLE, FL - Both Florida State's men's and women's cross country teams will make repeat appearances the NCAA Championships this year after rolling over the regional competition to pick up two of four automatic qualifying spots. The women took first in the 6k race with 40 points, while the men finished second with 52 points in the 10k at the Mark Bostick Golf Course on campus at the University of Florida.

In all, Florida State placed 12 runners on the All-Region team--seven for the women and five for the men. The Seminoles outraced the ACC competition (Georgia Tech and Miami) in both races by a long shot. As for the ranked competition, the women crushed No. 25 Tennessee and No. 29 Georgia, while the men toppled the No. 24 Gators.

"What a gut check," said head coach Bob Braman. "The women were just awesome. Huge, huge day for them. For all seven of them to finish in the top 25 and make the all-region team--we've never had that before. Great job for the ladies, I'm proud of them."

Sophomore All-America Susan Kuijken extended her undefeated streak to five, crossing the line in first with a time of 20:19.01. Senior Barbara Parker followed just behind, finishing second at 20:35.69. Sophomore Hannah England finished third for FSU with a fourth place time of 20:48.55. Freshman Pilar McShine crossed next in 15th with a time of 21:13.30 and senior Kirsten Hagen finished out FSU's top five in 20th at 21:27.53.

"With our guys, [Mark] Buckingham and [Luke] Gunn were 12th and 14th last year. [Steeve] Gabart wasn't here. [Daniel] Roberts wasn't here. And [Matt] Leeder was in high school last year," said Braman. "So for them to come out and place second this year, they just did a really great job. Great effort for the guys. This is five years in a row we've been national qualifiers. I'm proud of that."

Seminole senior Luke Gunn returned from injury with a vengeance, finishing first for Florida State with a fifth-place time of 30:28.24 in just his third race of the season. Fellow senior Mark Buckingham finished next for the Seminoles, coming in eighth with a time of 30:48.61. Junior Steeve Gabart crossed the line in 10th at 30:56.46, sophomore Daniel Roberts finished in 15th with a time of 31:08.75 and freshman Matt Leeder rounded out FSU's top five with a 17th-place 31:16.63 mark.

"We've got a shot at the national championships," said Braman. "Our number one goal is to at least make the top ten--that's our minimum goal. The reasonable goal for the women of course is to finish on the podium."

Both teams now have nine days to prepare for the National Competition in Terre Haute, Ind. Nov. 19.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
MEN'S TEAM RESULTS                                                                                                                                                                                      
 1st Alabama              28                                                                                                                                                                            
 2nd Florida State        52                                                                                                                                                                            
 3rd Florida              82                                                                                                                                                                            
 4th Belmont             121                                                                                                                                                                            
 5th Mississippi State   135                                                                                                                                                                            
 6th Auburn              152                                                                                                                                                                            
 7th Georgia             176                                                                                                                                                                            
 8th Tennessee           178                                                                                                                                                                            
 9th Georgia Tech        230                                                                                                                                                                            
10th Chattanooga         291                                                                                                                                                                            
MEN 10K RACE
Place  Name                       Points   Time
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   5   Luke Gunn                      5   30:21.24
   8   Mark Buckingham                8   30:48.61
  10   Steeve Gabart                 10   30:56.46
  15   Daniel Roberts                15   31:08.75
  17   Matt Leeder                   17   31:16.63
  78   Nick Sunseri                  78   33:39.60

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP, 20th place
11/19/2007, Terre Haute, In

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Women Take Third, Men Take 20th at NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Sophomore All-America Susan Kuijken records FSU's highest individual NCAA finish at No. 3.

TERRE HAUTE, IN - The No. 2-ranked Florida State women's cross country squad finished third with 236 points at the NCAA Championships on the heels of sophomore All-America Susan Kuijken's individual third-place performance. Florida State's No. 23-ranked men raced to a 454 point, 20th place finish, led by senior Luke Gunn.

Prior to today's race, the Seminole women's best finish was a 18th place, 455 point mark in 2003. This was just the fourth time the women had ever competed at nationals and the sixth time for the men.

"Third place is awfully great," said head coach Bob Braman. "And obviously having two girls in the top ten is excellent as well. Coach [Karen] Harvey did an amazing job--third in the country is fantastic. That's three straight years she's been in the top ten, now."

Kuijken finished the race just one second behind her personal-best 6k time of 19:56 that came earlier in the season at pre-nationals. Senior Barbara Parker followed in seventh place with a time of 20:17, joining Kuijken on the All-America list. Freshman Pilar McShine scored third for Florida State with a 21:21.10, 70th place finish. Sophomore Hannah England ran a time of 21:38 for 112th place and sophomore Lydia Willemse came in as the fifth and final scorer for FSU at 127th place with a time of 21:44.40.

On the men's side, front runner Gunn crossed the line first for the Seminoles in 69th place with a time of 30:55. Junior transfer Steeve Gabart finished 10 seconds later in 94th place, followed by freshman standout Matt Leeder with a 97th-place time of 31:06.10. FSU's only other senior in the men's race, Mark Buckingham, scored fourth in 131st place at 31:23.90 and sophomore Daniel Roberts rounded out the top five in 171st with a time of 31:41.30.

"I'm very pleased in the guys team," said Braman. "We came in ranked 23rd finished 20th, beating some solid teams. Actually we were really close to fifteenth place--just 22 points back. We had three of our top runners with a good solid effort. That's three times in the last four years we've finished in the top 20, not many teams can say that."

The men outran several teams ranked above them in the nation's top 30, including No. 7 Arkansas, No. 11 Michigan and No. 19 Notre Dame. They also finished as the third-fastest team in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

With the end of today's race comes the close of another tremendously successful season for Florida State. The women's squad started a new legacy and tradition of cross country prowess for the Seminoles with first-place wins at the ACC and NCAA South Region Championships as well as All-ACC and All-Region honors for Harvey and Kuijken.

"The future certainly looks bright for both these teams," said Braman. "If we come back next year a little more experienced and a little smarter, who knows what we could do."

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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MEN'S 10000 METER TEAM RESULTS                                                                                                                                                                          
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 1 Oregon                   85   1   6  21  27  30 (117) (162)                                                                                                                                          
 2 Iona                    113  11  18  22  28  34 (159) (186)                                                                                                                                          
 3 Oklahoma State          180   8  15  42  48  67 (112) (183)                                                                                                                                          
 4 Northern Arizona        190   2   7  36  61  84 (148) (166)                                                                                                                                          
 5 Wisconsin               239  13  29  60  65  72 ( 80) (143)                                                                                                                                          
 6 Alabama                 280  14  26  33  43 164 (205) (207)                                                                                                                                          
 7 Colorado                287   4  24  70  75 114 (122) (145)                                                                                                                                          
 8 Minnesota               322  20  32  47  95 128 (142) (172)                                                                                                                                          
 9 Louisville              324   9  25  53  58 179 (189) (190)                                                                                                                                          
10 Texas-El Paso           331  17  37  46  51 180 (193)                                                                                                                                                
11 Cal Poly-SLO            367  23  78  87  89  90 (132) (184)                                                                                                                                          
12 Virginia                374  31  45  59  99 140 (165) (178)                                                                                                                                          
13 Georgetown              398  16  44  57  69 212                                                                                                                                                      
14 Portland                424   5  54 103 126 136 (156) (160)                                                                                                                                          
15 William & Mary          432  10  97 106 109 110 (146) (211)                                                                                                                                          
16 California              434  50  55  93 113 123 (167) (168)                                                                                                                                          
17 Texas                   437  19  49  85 137 147 (202) (208)                                                                                                                                          
18 North Carolina State    439  63  76  91 101 108 (121) (161)                                                                                                                                          
19 Stanford                451  39  40  73 129 170 (176) (199)                                                                                                                                          
20 Florida State           454  56  77  79 104 138 (209)                                                                                                                                                
21 Notre Dame              467  12  62 107 135 151 (174) (185)                                                                                                                                          
22 Brigham Young           469  35  92  98 120 124 (125) (133)                                                                                                                                          
23 Arkansas                470  41  52  86 141 150 (177) (210)                                                                                                                                          
24 Michigan                490  66  94  96 115 119 (175)                                                                                                                                                
25 Villanova               526   3  82 105 149 187 (196) (203)                                                                                                                                          
26 Arizona State           601  74  88 130 152 157 (171) (192)                                                                                                                                          
27 Providence              604  38  68 144 173 181 (195) (201)                                                                                                                                          
28 Indiana                 618  83 111 127 139 158 (182) (206)                                                                                                                                          
29 Tulsa                   627 100 102 116 154 155 (191) (197)                                                                                                                                          
30 Ohio State              636  64  81 134 169 188 (200) (204)                                                                                                                                          
30 Iowa State              636  71 118 131 153 163 (194) (198)                                                                                                                                          
MEN 10K RACE
Place  Name                       Points   Time
=====  =========================  ======  ========
  69   Luke Gunn                     56   30:55.0 
  94   Steeve Gabart                 77   31:04.9 
  97   Matt Leeder                   79   31:06.1 
 131   Mark Buckingham              104   31:23.9 
 171   Daniel Roberts               138   31:41.3 
 247   Nick Sunseri                 209   34:29.0