Florida State Men's Cross Country - 2014 Year In Review

Coaching Staff
Bob Braman, Head Coach
Josh Seitz, Volunteer Assistant

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2014 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

Matt Butler, Fort Lauderdale

Michael Hall, Cincinnati, OH


2014 Roster - By Name

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T                            PY
R Name                  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
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  Bryant Blahnik        Sr   *    Red Wing, MN (Red Wing/Missouri)
  Jake Burton           So-R      Stuart (Martin County)
  Matt Butler           Fr        Fort Lauderdale (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
  Max del Monte         So-R *    Tampa (Chamberlain)
  Abdin Fator           So        Tampa (Sickles)
* Jack Goodwin          Jr-R      Bedford, England (Wootton Upper/Bedfordshire)
* Michael Hall          Fr        Cincinnati, OH (Saint Xavier)
* Bryce Kelley          Fr-R      Hope Valley, RI (Chariho)
* Stanley Linton        So-R      Crawfordville (Wakulla)
  Avery Lopez           So   *    Miami (Belen Jesuit Prep)
  Matt Magee            Fr-R      Lutz (Steinbrenner)
  Grant Nykaza          So   *    Beecher, IL (Beecher)
* Zak Seddon            Jr   **   Reading, England (Piggott)
* Antony Taylor         Jr-R      Arlington, MA (Arlington/Massachusetts)
* Otniel Teixeira       So-R      Miami (Lake Brantley/South Florida)
* Tyler Udland          Sr-R      Short Hills, NJ (Milburn/Princeton)
* Glen Yarham           Jr        Ipswich, Australia (Queensland Tech)

2014 Schedule and Results

DATE
REF
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
08/29
Ref
N
VIRGINIA
UVa Duals, Earlysville, Va
L 29-26
08/29
Ref
N
DUKE
UVa Duals, Earlysville, Va
W 25-30
08/29
Ref
N
NORFOLK STATE
UVa Duals, Earlysville, Va
W 15-30
08/29
Ref
N
LIBERTY
UVa Duals, Earlysville, Va
W 15-30
09/19
Ref
N
VIRGINIA TECH INVITATIONAL
Blacksburg, Va
1st Place
09/26
Ref
N
CHARLOTTE INVITATIONAL
Charlotte, NC
 
10/03
Ref
N
NOTRE DAME INVITATIONAL
South Bend, In
4th Place
10/10
Ref
H
FSU INVITATIONAL 1st Place
10/17
Ref
N
WISCONSIN INVITATIONAL
Madison, Wi
9th Place
10/31
Ref
N
ACC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Earlysville, Va
5th Place
11/14
Ref
H
NCAA SOUTH REGIONAL 2nd Place
11/22
Ref
N
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Terre Haute, In
31st Place
EOY Stats Ref

                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
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FSU RECORD IS    3- 1     0- 0     0- 0     3- 1


2014 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE RESULTS
 1  SYRACUSE               32
 2  NORTH CAROLINA STATE   90
 3  NORTH CAROLINA         95
 4  VIRGINIA              121
 5  FLORIDA STATE         158
 6  VIRGINIA TECH         163
 7  NOTRE DAME            189
 8  LOUISVILLE            191
 9  CLEMSON               245
10  GEORGIA TECH          277
11  WAKE FOREST           291
12  DUKE                  296
13  PITTSBURGH            353
14  BOSTON COLLEGE        435
15  MIAMI                 500

2014 EOY Stats

Team Overall Name Races Top 7 Top 10 Wins =============================================== Antony Taylor 8 8 2 0 Tyler Udland 7 7 4 0 Stanley Linton 7 7 3 0 Otniel Teixeira 7 6 2 0 Zak Seddon 6 6 1 0 Michael Hall 6 6 1 0 Glen Yarham 4 4 3 1 Jack Goodwin 4 4 1 0 Bryce Kelley 4 4 0 0 Abdin Fator 2 1 0 0 Max del Monte 2 0 0 0 Matt Magee 1 1 0 0 Avery Lopez 1 0 0 0 Grant Nykaza 1 0 0 0

FLORIDA STATE 29, VIRGINIA 26
08/29/2014, UVa Duals, Earlysville, Va

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Pack Up For Successful Cross Country Opener.
Third-ranked women post four wins; No. 24 men notch three at UVa Duals.

EARLYSVILLE, VA – Utilizing its season-opening meet to get a glimpse at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships course, the nationally-ranked Florida State men’s and women’s cross country teams accomplished that portion of the mission and picked up some victories to boot.

With its top runners working together in a pack at less than all-out pace, the third-ranked Florida State women were able to post a 4-1 record against the field at the UVa Duals on the testy Panorama Farms course.

Veterans Linden Hall, Colleen Quigley, Pippa Woolven and Georgia Peel claimed finishing spots 5-8, in that order, as the crossed the line at the end of the non-traditional 4000-meter course within a second of one another, between 14:29 and 14:30. Freshman Chelsea Jarvis was 13th overall (14:50), followed by redshirt freshman Bridget Blake in 15th (14:54).

The strategy and effort was good enough to defeat host Virginia (15-40), James Madison (17-38), Liberty (15-40) and Norfolk State (15-40), but not enough to beat the hard-racing effort of Duke, which claimed the first four spots and a 19-36 win over the Seminoles.

"Coming to the ACC course early in the season is a tradition," FSU women's coach Karen Harvey said. "We came to check out the course and get a workout in on the hills. Everything went as planned; mission accomplished.

"We got a good look at the challenging parts on the course so that we can physically and mentally prepare for the battle on October 31 to defend our ACC title."

FSU men’s coach Bob Braman chose a similar tactic with his team, which did not include a single runner who competed at last year’s NCAA South Region meet.

Tyler Udland (12:43), Glen Yarham (12:43), Otniel Teixeira (12:44), Antony Taylor (12:46), Stanley Linton (12:46) and Bryce Kelley (12:54) streamed across the finish in positions 6-11, leading the Seminoles to a 3-1 record. Virginia handed FSU its lone loss by a narrow 26-29 margin, while the ‘Noles topped Duke (25-30), Norfolk State (15-30) and Liberty (15-30).

Braman was encouraged by what he saw from his team, which enters the season ranked No. 24 nationally.

“I was really pleased with our pack running today,” Braman said. “We ran seven guys who've never run a meet together before and seven guys who've never run an ACC cross country meet. We really needed to see this course. It is a bear.”

The Seminoles will spend the remainder of the weekend training in the rolling hills and cooler temperatures of Virginia. Both teams will return to competitive action on Sept. 19 at the Virginia Tech Invitational for the second of three trips into the Commonwealth this season. The ACC Championships are scheduled for Oct. 31 back at Panorama Farms.

MEN 4000 Meters RACE
Place  Name                       Points   Time
=====  =========================  ======  ========
   6   Tyler Udland                   6   12:43   
   7   Glen Yarham                    7   12:43   
   8   Otniel Teixeira                8   12:44   
   9   Antony Taylor                  9   12:46   
  10   Stanley Linton                10   12:46   
  11   Bryce Kelley                  11   12:54   

DUKE 30, FLORIDA STATE 25
08/29/2014, UVa Duals, Earlysville, Va

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Pack Up For Successful Cross Country Opener.
Third-ranked women post four wins; No. 24 men notch three at UVa Duals.

EARLYSVILLE, VA – Utilizing its season-opening meet to get a glimpse at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships course, the nationally-ranked Florida State men’s and women’s cross country teams accomplished that portion of the mission and picked up some victories to boot.

With its top runners working together in a pack at less than all-out pace, the third-ranked Florida State women were able to post a 4-1 record against the field at the UVa Duals on the testy Panorama Farms course.

Veterans Linden Hall, Colleen Quigley, Pippa Woolven and Georgia Peel claimed finishing spots 5-8, in that order, as the crossed the line at the end of the non-traditional 4000-meter course within a second of one another, between 14:29 and 14:30. Freshman Chelsea Jarvis was 13th overall (14:50), followed by redshirt freshman Bridget Blake in 15th (14:54).

The strategy and effort was good enough to defeat host Virginia (15-40), James Madison (17-38), Liberty (15-40) and Norfolk State (15-40), but not enough to beat the hard-racing effort of Duke, which claimed the first four spots and a 19-36 win over the Seminoles.

"Coming to the ACC course early in the season is a tradition," FSU women's coach Karen Harvey said. "We came to check out the course and get a workout in on the hills. Everything went as planned; mission accomplished.

"We got a good look at the challenging parts on the course so that we can physically and mentally prepare for the battle on October 31 to defend our ACC title."

FSU men’s coach Bob Braman chose a similar tactic with his team, which did not include a single runner who competed at last year’s NCAA South Region meet.

Tyler Udland (12:43), Glen Yarham (12:43), Otniel Teixeira (12:44), Antony Taylor (12:46), Stanley Linton (12:46) and Bryce Kelley (12:54) streamed across the finish in positions 6-11, leading the Seminoles to a 3-1 record. Virginia handed FSU its lone loss by a narrow 26-29 margin, while the ‘Noles topped Duke (25-30), Norfolk State (15-30) and Liberty (15-30).

Braman was encouraged by what he saw from his team, which enters the season ranked No. 24 nationally.

“I was really pleased with our pack running today,” Braman said. “We ran seven guys who've never run a meet together before and seven guys who've never run an ACC cross country meet. We really needed to see this course. It is a bear.”

The Seminoles will spend the remainder of the weekend training in the rolling hills and cooler temperatures of Virginia. Both teams will return to competitive action on Sept. 19 at the Virginia Tech Invitational for the second of three trips into the Commonwealth this season. The ACC Championships are scheduled for Oct. 31 back at Panorama Farms.

MEN 4000 Meters RACE
Place  Name                       Points   Time
=====  =========================  ======  ========
   6   Tyler Udland                   6   12:43   
   7   Glen Yarham                    7   12:43   
   8   Otniel Teixeira                8   12:44   
   9   Antony Taylor                  9   12:46   
  10   Stanley Linton                10   12:46   
  11   Bryce Kelley                  11   12:54   

NORFOLK STATE 30, FLORIDA STATE 15
08/29/2014, UVa Duals, Earlysville, Va

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Pack Up For Successful Cross Country Opener.
Third-ranked women post four wins; No. 24 men notch three at UVa Duals.

EARLYSVILLE, VA – Utilizing its season-opening meet to get a glimpse at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships course, the nationally-ranked Florida State men’s and women’s cross country teams accomplished that portion of the mission and picked up some victories to boot.

With its top runners working together in a pack at less than all-out pace, the third-ranked Florida State women were able to post a 4-1 record against the field at the UVa Duals on the testy Panorama Farms course.

Veterans Linden Hall, Colleen Quigley, Pippa Woolven and Georgia Peel claimed finishing spots 5-8, in that order, as the crossed the line at the end of the non-traditional 4000-meter course within a second of one another, between 14:29 and 14:30. Freshman Chelsea Jarvis was 13th overall (14:50), followed by redshirt freshman Bridget Blake in 15th (14:54).

The strategy and effort was good enough to defeat host Virginia (15-40), James Madison (17-38), Liberty (15-40) and Norfolk State (15-40), but not enough to beat the hard-racing effort of Duke, which claimed the first four spots and a 19-36 win over the Seminoles.

"Coming to the ACC course early in the season is a tradition," FSU women's coach Karen Harvey said. "We came to check out the course and get a workout in on the hills. Everything went as planned; mission accomplished.

"We got a good look at the challenging parts on the course so that we can physically and mentally prepare for the battle on October 31 to defend our ACC title."

FSU men’s coach Bob Braman chose a similar tactic with his team, which did not include a single runner who competed at last year’s NCAA South Region meet.

Tyler Udland (12:43), Glen Yarham (12:43), Otniel Teixeira (12:44), Antony Taylor (12:46), Stanley Linton (12:46) and Bryce Kelley (12:54) streamed across the finish in positions 6-11, leading the Seminoles to a 3-1 record. Virginia handed FSU its lone loss by a narrow 26-29 margin, while the ‘Noles topped Duke (25-30), Norfolk State (15-30) and Liberty (15-30).

Braman was encouraged by what he saw from his team, which enters the season ranked No. 24 nationally.

“I was really pleased with our pack running today,” Braman said. “We ran seven guys who've never run a meet together before and seven guys who've never run an ACC cross country meet. We really needed to see this course. It is a bear.”

The Seminoles will spend the remainder of the weekend training in the rolling hills and cooler temperatures of Virginia. Both teams will return to competitive action on Sept. 19 at the Virginia Tech Invitational for the second of three trips into the Commonwealth this season. The ACC Championships are scheduled for Oct. 31 back at Panorama Farms.

MEN 4000 Meters RACE
Place  Name                       Points   Time
=====  =========================  ======  ========
   6   Tyler Udland                   6   12:43   
   7   Glen Yarham                    7   12:43   
   8   Otniel Teixeira                8   12:44   
   9   Antony Taylor                  9   12:46   
  10   Stanley Linton                10   12:46   
  11   Bryce Kelley                  11   12:54   

LIBERTY 30, FLORIDA STATE 15
08/29/2014, UVa Duals, Earlysville, Va

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Noles Pack Up For Successful Cross Country Opener.
Third-ranked women post four wins; No. 24 men notch three at UVa Duals.

EARLYSVILLE, VA – Utilizing its season-opening meet to get a glimpse at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships course, the nationally-ranked Florida State men’s and women’s cross country teams accomplished that portion of the mission and picked up some victories to boot.

With its top runners working together in a pack at less than all-out pace, the third-ranked Florida State women were able to post a 4-1 record against the field at the UVa Duals on the testy Panorama Farms course.

Veterans Linden Hall, Colleen Quigley, Pippa Woolven and Georgia Peel claimed finishing spots 5-8, in that order, as the crossed the line at the end of the non-traditional 4000-meter course within a second of one another, between 14:29 and 14:30. Freshman Chelsea Jarvis was 13th overall (14:50), followed by redshirt freshman Bridget Blake in 15th (14:54).

The strategy and effort was good enough to defeat host Virginia (15-40), James Madison (17-38), Liberty (15-40) and Norfolk State (15-40), but not enough to beat the hard-racing effort of Duke, which claimed the first four spots and a 19-36 win over the Seminoles.

"Coming to the ACC course early in the season is a tradition," FSU women's coach Karen Harvey said. "We came to check out the course and get a workout in on the hills. Everything went as planned; mission accomplished.

"We got a good look at the challenging parts on the course so that we can physically and mentally prepare for the battle on October 31 to defend our ACC title."

FSU men’s coach Bob Braman chose a similar tactic with his team, which did not include a single runner who competed at last year’s NCAA South Region meet.

Tyler Udland (12:43), Glen Yarham (12:43), Otniel Teixeira (12:44), Antony Taylor (12:46), Stanley Linton (12:46) and Bryce Kelley (12:54) streamed across the finish in positions 6-11, leading the Seminoles to a 3-1 record. Virginia handed FSU its lone loss by a narrow 26-29 margin, while the ‘Noles topped Duke (25-30), Norfolk State (15-30) and Liberty (15-30).

Braman was encouraged by what he saw from his team, which enters the season ranked No. 24 nationally.

“I was really pleased with our pack running today,” Braman said. “We ran seven guys who've never run a meet together before and seven guys who've never run an ACC cross country meet. We really needed to see this course. It is a bear.”

The Seminoles will spend the remainder of the weekend training in the rolling hills and cooler temperatures of Virginia. Both teams will return to competitive action on Sept. 19 at the Virginia Tech Invitational for the second of three trips into the Commonwealth this season. The ACC Championships are scheduled for Oct. 31 back at Panorama Farms.

MEN 4000 Meters RACE
Place  Name                       Points   Time
=====  =========================  ======  ========
   6   Tyler Udland                   6   12:43   
   7   Glen Yarham                    7   12:43   
   8   Otniel Teixeira                8   12:44   
   9   Antony Taylor                  9   12:46   
  10   Stanley Linton                10   12:46   
  11   Bryce Kelley                  11   12:54   

VIRGINIA TECH INVITATIONAL, 1st place
09/19/2014, Blacksburg, Va

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Cross Country Noles Record Sweep In Blacksburg.
Sixth-ranked women chase down field; men sweep top three spots.

BLACKSBURG, VA – Carrying out pre-race plans to near-perfection, the Florida State men’s and women’s cross country teams came away winners from Friday evening’s Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational at the Buford Meredith Cross Country Course.

The sixth-ranked Seminole women placed five runners in the top nine, led by senior All-American Colleen Quigley, who claimed the victory in 21:09.20 over the 6,000-meter course. Pippa Woolven (third, 21:11.20), Georgia Peel (sixth, 21:27.60), Linden Hall (seventh, 21:31.20) and Bridget Blake (ninth, 21:40.3) rounded out the scoring five as FSU clipped North Carolina 26-31 for the win.

Host Virginia Tech (80 points), Ohio University (112), East Tennessee State (140) and Radford (143) rounded out the scoring among Division I schools.

FSU’s men were even more dominant, sealing the victory as juniors Glen Yarham and Zak Seddon were followed by grad student Tyler Udland across the finish line for a sweep of the top three spots. Yarham claimed the win in his first collegiate 8,000-meter race in 24:36.10, nipping Seddon by one-tenth of a second. Udland was on their heels and in at 24:37.20. Redshirt sophomores Stanley Linton (eighth, 25:15.70) and Otniel Teixeira (22nd, 25:28.50) closed out the scoring spots for the Seminoles, who easily outdistanced runner-up North Carolina, 33-68.

East Tennessee (94) and Virginia Tech (106) followed.

“I was really pleased with our effort today,” FSU men’s coach Bob Braman said. “We packed up through three miles, then pushed hard the last two miles. We ended up with some personal-bests and both Linton and Teixeira ran great.”

Women’s coach Karen Harvey was equally pleased with the performance her squad turned in, especially on a wet and hilly course.

“They ran exactly six-minute pace through 3k, which was what I wanted them to do,” Harvey said of her lead group. “The fact that they took that adversity, ran further back in the pack following our workout plan, were sliding all over the place and still executed like that, it was great to see. …

“Georgia Peel had the race won at 5k and she was gone. She had five or six seconds on Colleen and Pippa. At the finish … Colleen comes around and she’s winning the race and Pippa is right with her. Georgia fell with 400 meters to go.”

That both teams came away victorious was a bonus, since each approached the meet with different strategies. Harvey had designated five women to run at six-minutes per mile pace for the first 3000 meters, then finish strong. A second group of five, led by Blake and including Katie Slater (21st, 22:23.60) and Carly Thomas (23rd, 22:29.30), raced the entire distance.

“I definitely feel like we got a good look at UNC,” Harvey said. “We got a hard effort on the grass. It stunk that Georgia fell, but I think the girls have new respect for Georgia. Bridget Blake managed the race beautifully. … As a team we learned a lot about ourselves and what we need to do.”

Braman’s crew followed the script by running the first three miles under control, then racing home the final two miles. Antony Taylor (28th, 25:37.20) and Bryce Kelley (30th, 25:44.10) rounded out the top seven for the men.

“They ran really well,” Braman said. “We just moved through. I was really pleased with it. We accomplished what we wanted. Everybody’s healthy and the weather was pretty good.”

MEN 8K RACE
Place  Name                       Points   Time
=====  =========================  ======  ========
   1   Glen Yarham                    1   24:36.10
   2   Zak Seddon                     2   24:36.20
   3   Tyler Udland                   3   24:37.20
   8   Stanley Linton                 8   25:15.70
  22   Otniel Teixeira               19   25:28.50
  28   Antony Taylor                 25   25:37.20
  30   Bryce Kelley                  26   25:44.10
  54   Max del Monte                      26:41.40

CHARLOTTE INVITATIONAL
09/26/2014, Charlotte, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Griggs Third At Charlotte Invitational For Seminole Women.
FSU places four in the top 23; eight freshmen debut over 6000 meters.

CHARLOTTE, NC – Florida State junior Christine Griggs closed with a flurry to finish third over and lead the Seminole women’s cross country team Friday at the Charlotte Invitational.

Griggs covered the 6000-meter McAlpine Park course in 22:25.6 as the Seminoles placed four runners in the top 23 to finish fifth at the seven-team meet with a field of 75 runners.

Sophomore Courteney West finished 13th (22:52.3), followed by junior Chantelle Brodie (21st, 23:13.5) and freshman Madison Harris (23rd, 23:18.7). Junior Kaitlyn Kelly (29th, 23:30.9) rounded out the scorers for the Seminoles, who finished with 89 points. West and Harris posted career-best times over 6000 meters.

“Charlotte head coach Alex Gibby did a great job changing the course to make it more challenging than in years past,” said FSU volunteer coach Ashley Botham. “the girls stepped up to the challenge and handled it very well. Ten of the sixteen girls who raced posted new PR’s and the freshmen handled their first 6k with grace.”

Eight Seminoles competed over 6000 meters for the first time.

“I am really proud of how the girls worked together and bounced back after racing hard last weekend,” Botham said. “This race was a great step in the right direction and we are looking forward to toeing the line again in two week on our home course at the FSU Invitational.”

In addition to the women, a pair of Seminole men also competed. Redshirt freshman Abdin Fator placed 20th in 27:34.1 over 8000 meters, while Max Magee was 24th (28:11.6).

MEN 8K RACE
Place  Name                       Points   Time
=====  =========================  ======  ========
  20   Abdin Fator                        27:34.1 
  24   Avery Lopez                        28:11.6 

NOTRE DAME INVITATIONAL, 4th place
10/03/2014, South Bend, In

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Men's XC Team Takes Down Five Ranked Foes At Notre Dame.
24th-ranked Seminoles finish fourth against stout field.

SOUTH BEND, IN – Of the 10 nationally ranked men’s cross country teams entered in Friday’s Notre Dame Invitational Blue race, No. 24 Florida State trailed eight of them in this week’s USTFCCCA rankings.

That won’t be the case next week.

The Seminoles got a strong ninth-place finish from Glen Yarham, with Tyler Udland close behind in 16th, leading the team to a fourth-place finish over a soggy course that was shortened from five miles due to two days of heavy rain.

Finishing with 162 points, the Seminoles knocked off five ranked teams, including No. 16 NC State, No. 18 Tulsa, No. 20 Princeton, No. 22 Southern Utah and No. 23 Eastern Kentucky. FSU also defeated No. 25 Colorado State.

Michigan (No. 19) won the team title with 97 points, followed by No. 10 BYU (112) and No. 15 New Mexico (125).

“We were definitely a tired team,” FSU coach Bob Braman said. “We trained hard, didn’t back off for the race and we got some wins. I’m very pleased with that.”

Yarham was most impressive in what was realistically his first big-stage cross country meet as a Seminole. The redshirt junior from Australia overcame a stumble in the first 100 yards, which left him with a calf strain for the duration.

“In spite of all of that, with 2000 meters to go he was leading the race,” said Braman, who watched Yarham finish in 23:32.0. “You’re going to see some big things from Glen Yarham this year.”

Udland, an FSU grad student who starred at Princeton for three seasons, was solid start-to-finish, closing in 23:42.5. Junior Jack Goodwin, who was cleared to compete by the NCAA just 26 hours before the gun sounded, finished 32nd (23:54.8). It was an adventurous trip for the transfer from the University of Bedfordshire, just in order get to the starting line for his first competition on U.S. soil.

“Tyler looked tired but he still finished 16th,” Braman said. “Jack had the “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” [route] to get here. He got in at 3 [a.m.] eastern last night in Chicago. He passed a lot of guys at the end…I really like what I see from Jack Goodwin. He was probably not in the top 50 with a mile to go and just kept picking people off.”

Redshirt sophomore Stanley Linton (24:13.4) and Zak Seddon (23:14.0) took separate routes to finished 52nd and 53rd, respectively.

“Zak looked tired and was a little bit sick with a head cold,” Braman explained. “He got out too fast and [the pack] came on him. It was a great race for Stanley Linton…At the halfway mark Stanley was not in the top 100, so I’m really pleased with the way he moved through.”

Grad student and UMass transfer Antony Taylor (107th, 24:35.2) and freshman Michael Hall (129th, 24:48.0) rounded out FSU’s top seven on a day that began with ran and ended with strong winds and sinking temperatures.

“We did what we came to do - to get some wins,” Braman said. “We beat some really good ranked teams, which is going to pay off at the end of the year…That’s probably as good as we could expect to be for the first Friday in October.”

MEN 5-Mile RACE
Place  Name                       Points   Time
=====  =========================  ======  ========
   9   Glen Yarham                    9   23:32.0 
  16   Tyler Udland                  16   23:42.5 
  32   Jack Goodwin                  32   23:54.8 
  52   Stanley Linton                52   24:13.4 
  53   Zak Seddon                    53   24:14.0 
 107   Antony Taylor                104   24:35.2 
 129   Michael Hall                 123   24:48.0 
 178   Otniel Teixeira                    25:26.0 
 191   Grant Nykaza                       25:57.0 

FSU INVITATIONAL, 1st place
10/10/2014, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Locals Pace Cross Country Noles To Sweep
Thomas, Linton front strong collective efforts at FSU Invitational.

TALLAHASSEE, FL – A pair of homegrown products were at the root of the success the Florida State men’s and women’s cross country meets enjoyed Friday evening, leading the Seminoles to a sweep of the team titles at the FSU Invitational.

Junior Carly Thomas and Stanley Linton finished third and fourth overall in the women’s and men’s races, respectively, leading the Seminoles to a pair of victories in the 32nd edition of the meet.

On a steamy evening at the Seminoles’ Apalachee Regional Park home course, the women’s team – which competed without seven of its top runners – received big lifts Thomas, Christine Griggs, Katie Slater, Madison Harris and Courteney West to squeeze out a one-point win over UCF.

Thomas covered the 5000-meter course in 17:58.69 - one of only three runners to crack the 18-minute mark - and chased UCF’s Anne-Marie Blaney (17:23.65) and her sister Catherine Blaney from South Florida (17:52.26) across the finish.

“When you have 30 teams and 29 teams, I don’t care what division you’re in, that’s challenging because if you slip up a little bit you might get beat,” FSU men’s coach Bob Braman said. “I thought, particularly the ladies, did a really good job. We talked about kids fighting for conference spots and we had at least two [Thomas and Griggs] that stepped up and said, ‘Hey, I’m doing well.’…

“It’s great for our local stars to have led us to wins today. They really know how to work this course and did so superbly today.”

Griggs was a strong fifth in 18:10.71, with Slater 12th (18:31.01), followed by Harris (25th, 18:52.25) and West (27th, 18:54.25).

The Seminoles slipped past the Knights, 72-73, among a field of 10 NCAA Division I programs, on the strength of Harris, West and Chantelle Brodie (28th, 18:55.45) beating UCF’s fifth runners across the finish line.

“The goal today was to run around 18 minutes and be in the top three to continue on to conference,” said Thomas, an FSU junior who starred at Tallahassee’s Chiles High. “The team goal was to try and get as many girls as possible through that finish line before any other team…

“It was hot, but it wasn’t as bad as it has been. It’s Florida. We’re so used to the heat and you have to deal with the weather conditions as they come.”

Linton, a product of Crawfordville’s Wakulla High and a first-year Seminole in cross country, authored a similar storyline under slightly different conditions. He teamed up with teammates Michael Hall, Antony Taylor and Otniel Teixeira through the first three miles of the 8000-meter men’s race, then began bagging a long line or runners in front of him.

“I just followed the plan and went through (the 3-mile) at 15:25 and just tried to bring it home the last two, which was pretty successful,” Linton said. “I think the group did well as well.”

And it didn’t hurt that, like Thomas, he had plenty of local supporters who turned out in huge numbers for the largest college field to ever compete at the FSU Invitational.

“It was great,” said Linton, who finished second among Division I runners in 25:17.91. “You feel like a celebrity, but it’s really comforting to be near friends and family all of the time. This is where I’ve been raised. This is the fifth time running this race and to have so many people out here supporting you it was awesome.”

Working in a group, Hall (11th, 25:39.90), Taylor (15th, 25:45.53) and Teixeira (17th, 25:51.28) came blazing through the pack to pass in excess of 80 runners over the final 1.5 miles. Bryce Kelley (45th, 26:36.36) rounded out the Seminole scorers.

“Bryce Kelley was having the race of his life and got a bad stitch in his side, but hung on and got us the win,” Braman said. “The guys doing the workout – those first four guys for us – executed perfectly. They ran people down and moved up from 100th to top-15, so mission accomplished from that point. The races went really smooth.”

The FSU men claimed the NCAA Division I title by a 30-point margin over Louisiana-Lafayette, 48-78. Auburn was third (78), followed by Florida Gulf Coast (82) and Vanderbilt (112).

“I think it was a good tune-up for Wisconsin next week,” said Linton. “We were training through this meet. We really wanted to do well, but the big goal is up ahead at Wisconsin. We want to beat out some ranked teams and move up in the rankings. Hopefully I can be a solid fifth guy.”

In addition to the Division I competition, the Tampa women’s team came out on top from a field of 18 teams from NCAA Division II and lower, getting past runner-up Saint Leon by an 85-102 margin. The Florida Southern men captured the college division by edging Alabama-Huntsville, 74-92.

Individually, Flagler College senior Corey Mundy claimed the men’s individual title in 25:01.40.

MEN 8K RACE
Place  Name                       Points   Time
=====  =========================  ======  ========
   2   Stanley Linton                 2   25:17.91
   6   Michael Hall                   6   25:35.90
   8   Antony Taylor                  8   25:45.43
   9   Otniel Teixeira                9   25:51.28
  23   Bryce Kelley                  23   26:36.36
  37   Matt Magee                    37   27:25.13
  40   Abdin Fator                   40   27:40.51
  48   Max del Monte                      27:55.32

WISCONSIN INVITATIONAL, 9th place
10/17/2014, Madison, Wi

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

FSU Men Rise Up At Wisconsin; Women Solid.
Quigley, Hall and Peel pace Seminole women to eighth-place showing.

MADISON, WI – It does not appear that the Florida State men’s cross country team will be sitting out the NCAA Championship meet for a second consecutive year.

The 18th-ranked Seminoles tied for ninth at Friday’s Wisconsin adidas Invitational, defeating nine nationally-ranked teams – four of which were more highly ranked - on the strength a mere solid 35-second split between its first and fifth scoring runners. Those quality victories will go a long way toward assuring Bob Braman’s team an at-large berth to the national championship meet, should FSU not finish in the top-two at the NCAA South Regional to qualify automatically.

“We just ran very competitively - competed with our heads on right - in a very tough environment over a fast 8k course,” Braman said, shortly after the Seminoles completed their swift tour around the Zimmer Championship Course. “To run a tactical race in that kind of situation, I feel pretty good about what we did. We knocked some good people off and some really good people beat us.”

Tyler Udland finished 27th (24:10) to lead the way, followed by Seminole teammates Glen Yarham (40th, 24:15) and Jack Goodwin (48th, 24:20) against a field of 38 men’s teams – 19 of which were nationally ranked – and 265 finishers.

Florida State’s ninth-ranked women’s team placed eighth overall against arguably the strongest field assembled outside of an NCAA Championship meet. The Seminoles, one of 22 ranked teams in the field of 40 squads, received strong performances from seniors Colleen Quigley (13th, 20:10), Linden Hall (41st, 20:37) and Georgia Peel (72nd, 20:53) in the 6000-meter event which kicked the day off.

“We saw Linden and Georgia run much better than their last races, and progress forward,” said FSU women’s coach Karen Harvey. “We had trouble maintaining a pack and staying together the way I know we can.”

Harvey was hoping for significant improvement by her team after its third-place finish at the Paul Short Run two weeks ago. While the eighth-place showing wasn’t what she was hoping for, the Seminoles did manage to post the best finish by an Atlantic Coast Conference team, totaling 309 points.

Tenth-ranked Virginia, considered FSU’s primary threat to a string of ACC titles dating back seven years, was ninth with 367 points, followed by No. 13 North Carolina (11th, 382), No. 12 Syracuse (12th, 403), No. 17 Boston College (21st, 541), No. 28 Notre Dame (30th, 684) and unranked Duke (35th, 858).

“We have two weeks to ACC and I know this team is way better fitness and talent-wise than they are racing,” Harvey said. “But it’s all racing with that in your heart from the gun until the finish. Our focus has not changed. We want to win the ACC title and execute a tighter pack.”

Pippa Woolven (87th, 21:05) and Bridget Blake (111th, 21:16) rounded out the scoring Seminoles on the women’s side.

The Seminole men raced hungry from the start in what proved to be a tactical race as Goodwin broke for the lead at 1,000-meter mark with Udland running second.

“I think we just got a little glimpse of what we might see down the road with Jack Goodwin,” said Braman, following Goodwin’s second race in an FSU uniform.

The Seminole leaders were enveloped by chase pack at 4000 meters, but held their ground relatively well over the second half of the race.

“First of all we got lots of wins and that was Mission No. 1; what we came here to do,” Braman said. “The race was just bizarre. It was really windy and it went out slow. I knew it was going to be like a pace-changing Fartlek session, so we went out to the front and I’m glad we did.

“Our strategy – we thought it was going to go out hard – was to run hard to 6k, then take a break and kick it in. The lead pack at 5k was probably 60 or 70 guys. What we’ve got to be able to do in that situation is answer the bell a little bit better. We didn’t cover the move as good as we’re going to need to at the national meet.”

Zak Seddon turned in his best race of the season, finishing fourth for the Seminoles and 72nd overall (24:27), while Stanley Linton – racing for the third consecutive week - rounded out the scorers at 24:45 in 119th place.

The tight split between FSU’s scoring five was especially pleasing for Braman, whose team tied 11th-ranked Michigan for ninth with 296 points. Michigan defeated the Seminoles by a wide margin at the Notre Dame Invitational two weeks ago, as did BYU and New Mexico; two teams they defeated on Friday.

“I’m real pleased with that,” Braman said of the tight split and improved performance. “I believe when we get to the 10,000 meter distance [for Regionals], Stanley is going to get better.”

The men’s team title went to defending ACC champion Syracuse, which placed all five runners within the top 24 finishers. FSU was the next-best team among ACC schools, finishing ahead of four others.

“It was the kind of day where if you executed and had five guys who were hungry, you could pick off some quality wins,” said Braman, after the Noles also logged quality wins over No. 12 BYU, No. 13 Providence, No. 16 New Mexico and No. 17 Arkansas.

MEN 8K RACE
Place  Name                       Points   Time
=====  =========================  ======  ========
  27   Tyler Udland                  26   24:10   
  39   Glen Yarham                   38   24:15   
  48   Jack Goodwin                  47   24:20   
  72   Zak Seddon                    70   24:27   
 119   Stanley Linton               115   24:45   
 190   Antony Taylor                185   25:18   
 202   Michael Hall                 196   25:26   

ACC CHAMPIONSHIPS, 5th place
10/31/2014, Earlysville, Va

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Stout ACC Competition Leaves XC Noles Short Of Goals.
Quigley and Udland pace FSU to second- and fifth-place ACC Championship finishes.

EARLYSVILLE, VA – On a crisp, clear Friday morning in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains the Florida State cross country teams learned that anything less than a best effort – from squads at full strength – would not be enough to win Atlantic Coast Conference titles.

In a field of six nationally ranked women’s teams – the most of any conference in the country – the 12th-ranked Seminoles saw their streak of six consecutive ACC title come to a close at the hands of 15th-ranked North Carolina. The Tar Heels rolled to a 42-point winning margin by placing six runners in front of FSU’s fourth and fifth finishers.

Colleen Quigley paced the Seminoles with a second-place finish behind Boston College’s Liv Westphal, covering the 6,000-meter course in 19:57.1. Westphal won in a course record 19:43.8. Linden Hall was ninth in 20:25.3 and Pippa Woolven placed 15th in 20:35.8, with all three earning All-ACC honors.

“Obviously our top three ran really well,” said FSU coach Karen Harvey. “We had huge personal-bests out of [Katie] Slater and [Christine] Griggs. UNC ran out of their minds. They had an incredible day and we just didn’t have all five. I knew coming UNC was going to be tough and they ran their best race today.”

Georgia Peel (31st, 21:10.1) and Slater (42nd, 21:24.4) rounded out the scoring five as the Seminoles finished with 99 points to UNC’s 57. Host and No. 13 Virginia was third (109), followed by No. 18 NC State (119).

"I really wanted to come out of my senior year cross season with an ACC championship both individually and as a team, so I'm pretty bummed walking away with neither of those goals completed," Quigley said.

"This team has yet to come together and all run well at a meet this year and no one seems to be sure why...Losing is no fun, so moving forward, I can't help but think this will motivate everyone for regionals and nationals so we don't feel this feeling of immense disappointment again."

FSU men’s coach Bob Braman’s squad was handicapped from the start, heading to the starting line without injured redshirt Glen Yarham - one of its top two runners - and with fifth runner Stanley Linton still fighting back from illness, who has been the team’s first or second finisher in each meet this season. Those obstacles were a lot to overcome for the 15th-ranked Seminoles.

Syracuse used a mid-race surge by its six-man lead pack to open up a lead it did not relinquish and successfully defended its 2013 title. Led by individual champion Martin Hehir’s course record (23:15.2), the third-ranked Orange won going away with 32 points.

Florida State finished fifth with 158.

Tyler Udland led a trio of Seminole All-ACC performers with a seventh-place finish, covering the hilly 8,000-meter course in 23:29.3 and was followed by teammates Jack Goodwin (12th, 23:38.7) and Zak Seddon (23:50.3).

“I can’t be upset with our whole team,” Braman said. “You basically had three of our 10 off the board before you start the race…The top three guys ran tough. That’s the best Zak has run in cross country at any race, and on this really, really tough course. If you can do it on this course, you can roll on the ARP and roll at Terre Haute. I’m happy with that because if we can get those pieces back – and I think we can rather quickly – now you still you have a shot to meet that goal and be a top-10 national team.”

Antony Taylor (55th, 24:43.5) and Otniel Teixeira (79th, 25:07.1) rounded out the scorers, while Bryce Kelley was 80th (25:08.7). Neither Linton nor Grant Nykaza were able to finish, and freshman Michael Hall hobbled home in 112th.

“I just wanted to try and stay as close as possible to that front group as long as possible,” said Udland, who was in the lead pack when the Syracuse group made its break. “That was kind of our plan, to stay there and give us a shot.

“I would have liked to be a couple spots higher. It was still a really solid race. Team-wise we weren’t at 100-percent strength. If we had Glen and Stan healthy in there I think we would have done really well. Everyone who ran today ran a really good race.”

MEN 8K RACE
Place  Name                       Points   Time
=====  =========================  ======  ========
   7   Tyler Udland                   7   23:29.3 
  12   Jack Goodwin                  12   23:38.7 
  16   Zak Seddon                    16   23:50.3 
  55   Antony Taylor                 51   24:43.5 
  79   Otniel Teixeira               71   25:07.1 
  80   Bryce Kelley                  72   25:08.7 
 112   Michael Hall                  92   25:55.4 

NCAA SOUTH REGIONAL, 2nd place
11/14/2014, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminole Harriers Are NCAA-Bound!
Quigley defends individual title; Udland, Goodwin guide men.

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida State cross country teams are headed to next week’s NCAA Championships, securing their spots among the top 31 women’s and men’s teams nationally automatically with runner-up finishes at Friday’s NCAA South Region Championships.

Florida State senior Colleen Quigley successfully defended her South Region title, covering the 5,875-meter course at Apalachee Regional Park in 19:17 – a new course record - pulling away from Tennessee’s Chelsea Blaase over the final 1,000 meters.

Quigley led a trio of Seminoles in the top seven – followed by seniors Pippa Woolven (fifth, 19:47.90) and Linden Hall (19:55.40) – in the 196-runner, 29-team field. The Seminoles, however, saw their streak of four consecutive region titles end by the narrowest of margins at the hands of Vanderbilt, 52-53.

“I was just sticking with [Blaase], letting her dictate what the pace would be like,” said Quigley, who has designs on improving on her sixth-place NCAA Championship finish in 2013. “I wanted to see how I felt. I figured at about three miles or 5K was where I needed to make my move. I know that hill really well and that I had a little bit left. I got to the 5K and felt really good…

“It’s happening at the right time with a week to go [before nationals]. That’s a good sign.”

Freshman Bridget Blake was 17th (20:20.60) and senior Chelsi Woodruff finished 23rd (20:25.50), earning All-Region honors along with their Seminole teammates, all of whom were disappointed to see their streak of region titles end.

Still, the Noles are headed back to the NCAA Championship meet for the ninth consecutive time, which ranks as one of the top 10 longest active streaks in the nation.

“I feel like we raced better as a team than we did at the ACC Championships,” said FSU coach Karen Harvey. “We had one hiccup in there and that was it.

“Colleen is rounding into form into time for NCAA’s and it will be exciting to see what she will do. Pippa has really been showing improvement and consistency and I’d love for her to finish well at NCAA’s. Chelsi Woodruff moved into our top five and really did all she could today.”

As streaks go, the Seminole men can now go to work on a new one after punching their ticket. A year ago coach Bob Braman saw a 10-year run of NCAA Championship appearances come to an end with a third-place South Region finish.

With Tyler Udland, Jack Goodwin and Zak Seddon showing the way at the front of a 160-runner, 22-team field, the Noles will be moving on to Terre Haute. FSU trailed only champion Ole Miss at the finish, separated by a 52-94 final margin.

Udland, a graduate student in his lone season of eligibility with the Noles, was the overall runner-up in 30:17.20 over the 9,981-meter course. Auburn’s Ty McCormack won in a course-record time of 30:08.30. Goodwin was sixth in 30:20.70, while Seddon came home 15th in 30:55.70. All three earned All-Region honors, which were presented to the top 25 finishers.

By finishing second, the Seminole avoided a nerve-wracking wait to see if they would be awarded one of 13 at-large berths, and they did it by holding off a hard charge by third-place Auburn, which finished with 106 points.

“It was definitely better than ACC’s,” said FSU coach Bob Braman, who was once again without the services of Glen Yarham, who is recovering from injury. “I feel like we competed really well.

“Mission accomplished. We didn’t have to wait for the at-large. We gut-checked a little bit, because Auburn was coming back on us pretty hard on that last loop. Mike [Hall] got about six-seven-eight spots on that last loop. Stanley [Linton] went from about 60th to 45th.”

Seminole freshman Michael Hall and redshirt sophomore Stanley Linton stepped up after the team’s fifth-place ACC Championships finish, placing 32rd (31:22.0) and 45th (31:39.10) to round out the scoring five.

“The race got out fast and Mike Hall just sat there and waited and ran a phenomenal race,” Braman said. “Zak wasn’t as good as at conference, but it was a gut-check and he had his highest finish and beat his best time on this course by four seconds from 2012.

“It was an easy race for Jack Goodwin and Tyler Udland. They looked like a million bucks, so that’s exciting because those are low sticks [at nationals].”

With Yarham projected to be back in the lineup for next Saturday’s race in Terre Haute, Ind., Braman is hopeful things are coming together at the right time for his squad.

“I felt like it was the right type of effort if we’re going to be top 20 or higher next week.”

MEN 10K RACE
Place  Name                       Points   Time
=====  =========================  ======  ========
   2   Tyler Udland                   2   30:17.20
   6   Jack Goodwin                   6   30:20.70
  15   Zak Seddon                    14   30:55.70
  32   Michael Hall                  30   31:22.00
  45   Stanley Linton                42   31:39.10
  49   Antony Taylor                 46   31:41.70
  69   Otniel Teixeira               65   32:02.00

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS, 31st place
11/22/2014, Terre Haute, In

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Quigley Claims Third All-American Honor.

TERRE HAUTE, IN – Florida State senior Colleen Quigley became just the third runner in school history to earn All-American honors three times, sealing that distinction Saturday with a 23rd place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Quigley, one of the most decorated Seminoles of all time, battled a deep and talented field at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course to finish the 6,000-meter race in 20:29.9. The performance puts her alongside four-time Seminole All-American Susan Kuijken and three-time honoree Amanda Winslow.

The Florida State women placed 12th in the 31-team field with 393 points; just 11 shy of 10th place. The Seminoles, who placed second at both the ACC and NCAA South Region Championship meets, finished higher than any other conference or regional team by a wide margin. The Seminoles came into the meet ranked 13th nationally.

"We had a solid performance by our team today," FSU women's coach Karen Harvey said. "We have been through a lot of adversity and I feel like they rallied together."

Seniors Pippa Woolven and Linden Hall followed Quigley through the head-wind to the finish line, placing 68th (21:00.9) and 83rd (21:06.7), respectively. Junior Georgia Peel (148th, 21:31.9) and redshirt freshman Bridget Blake (185th, 21:48.1) rounded out the FSU scorers.

Senior Chelsi Woodruff placed 225th (22:15.4), while freshman Katie Slater was 244th (22:56.5).

"I'm really happy with Colleen receiving All-American honors and Pippa had a huge improvement over last year," Harvey added. "With her [Quigley's] performance, she has joined some of the FSU greats."

Top-ranked Michigan State won the team title with 85 points, while Iona’s Kate Avery was the individual winner in 19:31.6.

The 28th-ranked men were not as fortunate in their attempt to finish higher than their national ranking.

"It was a tough day for the Seminole men," FSU men's coach Bob Braman said. "It has been a tough week emotionally between the tragedy on campus and then losing Glen Yarham, one of our co-captains who we hoped would make it back (from injury). That's been a trying part of it, and then Jack Goodwin went down with an injury at the halfway point while running a pretty good race."

Junior Zak Seddon was the top finisher for the Florida State men, which placed 31st in the field.

Seddon was 152nd (31:58.0) overall. Freshman Michael Hall (188th, 32:26.3) and grad students Tyler Udland (196th, 32:32.0) and Antony Taylor (197th, 32:32.2) followed close behind. Otniel Teixeira (240th, 34:15.2) rounded out the scoring five, with Stanley Linton (242nd, 34:27.1) close behind in the 10,000-meter race.

Goodwin, who was running at the front of the lead pack a quarter of the way into the race, was forced to drop out with an injury at the halfway point.

"The young guys didn't handle that first NCAA meet all that well with the exception of Mike Hall," Braman said. "It's difficult as a competitor to know you're up against it because you have one of your top guys out, and then you run past a guy at halfway who is one of your leaders. That's hard. Those things combined to kind of snow-ball us."

No. 1 Colorado claimed the team title, while Oregon sophomore Edward Cheserek won his second consecutive individual title In 30:19.4.

"Maybe it would have been a little fool's gold for me to think we were ready and OK," Braman said. "Given all that we had to deal with, that's a compliment to the women's team. With Linden being injured and fighting through it ... and they also had to deal with the emotional roller coaster. They did a real nice job."

MEN 10K RACE
Place  Name                       Points   Time
=====  =========================  ======  ========
 152   Zak Seddon                   128   31:58.0 
 188   Michael Hall                 158   32:26.3 
 196   Tyler Udland                 166   32:32.0 
 197   Antony Taylor                167   32:32.2 
 240   Otniel Teixeira              203   34:15.2 
 242   Stanley Linton               205   34:27.1