Florida State Women's Cross Country - 2006 Year In Review

Florida State Women's Cross Country - 2006 Year In Review

Coaching Staff
Bob Braman, Head Coach
Althea Belgrave, Graduate Assistant
Sean McManus, Assistant Coach
Joey Zins, Graduate Assistant

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2006 Men's & Women's Cross Country

2006 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

Rosanna Bell, Gainesville

Amy Huss, Wyomissing, PA

Debbie Huss, Wyomissing, PA

Susan Kuijken, Nijmegen, Netherlands

Pilar McShine, Laventille, Trinidad and Tobago

Amanda Quick, 5-7, Tampa

Alysha Salapack, Seminole

Whitney Schnarr, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Samantha Weeks, Seminole

2006 Roster - By Name

T                            PY
R Name                  Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
  Ashley Andress        Jr        Davie (Archbishop McCarthy)
  Pamela Arnedos        Jr        West Palm Beach (Cardinal Newman)
  Stefanie Bechler      Jr-R      Libertyville, IL (Libertyville)
  Rosanna Bell          Fr        Gainesville (Gainesville)
  Tina Biedenharn       Jr-R *    Orange Park (Ridgeview)
* Laura Bowerman        Jr   **   Temple Terrace (King)
  Shannon Coates        Jr        Delray Beach (Spanish River)
* Jessica Crate         Jr-R *    Brights Grove, Ontario, Canada (Northern College/Arizona State)
  Laura Cullen          So        Temple Terrace (King)
  Christine Dion        So        Cape Coral (Fort Myers)
* Kirsten Hagen         Jr   **   Blacksburg, VA (Christiansburg)
  Amanda Hahn           So-R *    Gainesville (Gainesville)
  Audrey Hand           Jr        Virginia Beach, VA (Kellam)
  Quiana Holsey         Jr        Gainesville (Gainesville)
  Sarah Hughes          So        Maitland (Winter Park)
* Amy Huss              Jr        Wyomissing, PA (Wyomissing/Vanderbilt)
* Debbie Huss           Jr        Wyomissing, PA (Wyomissing/Vanderbilt)
  Meredith Kelly        So        Clermont (East Ridge)
* Susan Kuijken         Fr        Nijmegen, Netherlands (Stedelijk Gymnasium)
  Danielle Laramee      So        Margate (Coral Springs)
  Courtney Laster       So        Woodbridge, VA (Hayfield/Hayfield)
  Adrienne Lufkin       Sr   *    Saint Petersburg (Lakewood)
  Mary Magee            So        Seminole (Seminole)
  Kaley Matthews        So        Saint Petersburg (Largo)
  Ryann Matthews        Sr        Saint Petersburg (Largo)
  Pilar McShine         Fr        Laventille, Trinidad and Tobago (Success Laventille Composite)
  Ashley Montagnese     So        Tallmadge, OH (Tallmadge)
  Hillary Palumbo       Sr        Bensenville, IL (Western Illinois)
* Barbara Parker        Jr-R      Norfolk, England (Loughborough)
  Jennifer Patterson    Jr        Valparaiso (Niceville)
  Amanda Quick          Fr        Tampa (Gaither)
  Angelina Ramos        Jr-R      New Fairfield, CT (New Fairfield)
  Hshkeni Richemond     So        Suffern, NY (Suffern)
  Alysha Salapack       Fr        Seminole (Seminole)
  Whitney Schnarr       Sr        Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (Saint Francis College)
  Shannon Stuckman      So        Gainesville (P.K. Yonge)
  Meredith Urban        Jr-R *    Raleigh, NC (Green Hope)
  Julia Vola            Jr-R      Boca Raton (Spanish River)
  Samantha Weeks        Fr        Seminole (Seminole)
  Lydia Willemse        So   *    Forest, Ontario, Canada (Saint Christopher)
* Abi Wilshire          Sr   *    Bristol, England (Birmingham)
* Christina Woytalewicz Fr-R      Brandon (Riverview)

2006 All-Americans

Name                     Organization
Susan Kuijken            NCAA - All-American - 27th place

All-Americans -  1

2006 Schedule and Results

Boone, NC
1st Place
South Bend, In
4th Place
FSU INVITE 1st Place
Terre Haute, In
7th Place
Charlottesville, Va
4th Place
Knoxville, Tn
4th Place
Terre Haute, In
21st Place
                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
FSU RECORD IS    0- 0     0- 0     0- 0     0- 0

 2  DUKE                   88
 3  VIRGINIA              104
 4  FLORIDA STATE         118
 5  VIRGINIA TECH         123
 6  NORTH CAROLINA        138
 7  BOSTON COLLEGE        150
 8  WAKE FOREST           166
 9  GEORGIA TECH          194
10  MARYLAND              217
11  CLEMSON               343
12  MIAMI                 384

2006 EOY Stats

Team Overall Name Races Top 7 Top 10 Wins =============================================== Jessica Crate 7 6 2 1 Amy Huss 6 6 1 0 Susan Kuijken 5 5 3 1 Debbie Huss 5 5 0 0 Laura Bowerman 5 5 0 0 Barbara Parker 5 4 1 0 Kirsten Hagen 4 4 1 0 Abi Wilshire 4 4 0 0 Lydia Willemse 4 3 0 0 Christina Woytalewicz 2 2 1 0 Meredith Urban 2 1 1 0 Audrey Hand 2 1 1 0 Shannon Coates 2 1 1 0 Amanda Hahn 2 1 0 0 Julia Vola 2 1 0 0 Ashley Andress 1 0 0 0 Kaley Matthews 1 0 0 0 Stefanie Bechler 1 0 0 0 Angelina Ramos 1 0 0 0 Hillary Palumbo 1 0 0 0 Christine Dion 1 0 0 0 Meredith Kelly 1 0 0 0 Ashley Montagnese 1 0 0 0 Samantha Weeks 1 0 0 0 Shannon Stuckman 1 0 0 0 Courtney Laster 1 0 0 0 Mary Magee 1 0 0 0 Laura Cullen 1 0 0 0 Hshkeni Richemond 1 0 0 0 Amanda Skillen 1 0 0 0 Quiana Holsey 1 0 0 0 Jennifer Patterson 1 0 0 0

09/01/2006, Boone, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

This year marked the sixth-consecutive year that both squads placed in the top five at the State Farm Fields in Boone, N.C.

The Florida State University men's and women's cross country teams kicked off the season at the Covered Bridge Open hosted by Appalachian State University.

BOONE, NC - The Florida State University men's and women's cross country teams kicked off the season at the Covered Bridge Open hosted by Appalachian State University on Friday (Sept. 1). The women took home first place honors with a winning score of 30 points. The men's team also finished in the top five with 67 points, good enough to secure third place. This year marked the sixth-consecutive year that both squads placed in the top five at the State Farm Fields in Boone, N.C.

In the women's competition, the Seminoles finished four athletes in the top 10 and for the second year in a row took home the title of meet champions. Junior Amy Huss was tops on the team with a second-place time of 18:16.54. Head coach Bob Braman was pleased with the women's performance. "The top five were very, very close all night. We got a good win tonight."

Also scoring valuable points for the Seminoles was Barbara Parker (Norfolk, England) as she crossed the line in 18:32.95 for third place, Jessica Crate (Brights Grove, Ontario) with a time of 18:40.11 for 10th, Kirsten Hagen (Blacksburg, VA) clocking in at 18:41.15 in 11th and rounding out the top five, Debbie Huss with a time of 18:45.98 for 12th place.

The Seminole men finished third behind meet hosts Appalachian State (57) and first place Coastal Carolina (26). Junior Chris Nickinson (Pensacola, FL) scored the first points for FSU crossing the line in 10th place with a time of 26:35.11. Newcomers Trey Andrews (Titusville, FL) and Tony Krock (Avilla, IN) clocked in at 26:39.65 and 26:40.26 to finish in 12th and 13th respectively. Sophomore Javier Cruz (Miami, FL) contributed to the men's score with a time of 27:10.55 and junior Tommy Noyes (North Canton, OH) was the final scorer with a time of 27:31.05.

Andrew Lemoncello and Tom Lancashire did not run in the meet and were a few of the key performers absent from the top spots. "We were missing virtually our top five runners," Coach Braman explained, "the guys who ran were young but they did really well." That they did indeed, in fact three out of seven Seminole scorers were freshman.

The Florida State men and women keep the momentum going as they travel to Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Saturday, September 16, for the Crimson Classic.

Place  Name                       Points   Time
=====  =========================  ======  ========
   4   Amy Huss                       2   18:16.54
   5   Barbara Parker                 3   18:32.95
   9   Jessica Crate                  7   18:40.11
  10   Kirsten Hagen                  8   18:41.15
  12   Debbie Huss                   10   18:45.98
  17   Christina Woytalewicz         15   19:30.86
  19   Lydia Willemse                17   19:35.41
  26   Meredith Urban               xxx   20:03.66
  27   Audrey Hand                  xxx   20:05.24
  36   Amanda Hahn                  xxx   20:28.86
  37   Shannon Coates               xxx   20:30.53
  42   Julia Vola                   xxx   20:42.26

09/29/2006, South Bend, In

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Finish Strong at Notre Dame Invitational.

Florida State took fourth place in the women's and sixth in the men's races at the Notre Dame Invitational.

SOUTH BEND, IN - The Florida State men's and women's cross country teams competed in their first big meet of the season as they ran in the Notre Dame Invitational at Notre Dame, with both teams finishing in the top ten. The women placed fourth overall with a team score of 124 and the men placed sixth with 165 total points.

In the women's race, freshman Susan Kuijken (Steoelijk Gymnasium) was the first to score points for the Seminoles as she was the second to cross the line with a time of 16:52. "Susan's really good," Head Coach Bob Braman stated. "Placing second is huge for her; she beat a ton of All-Americans." Also scoring points for the women were sophomore Barbara Parker (Loughborough) with a time of 17:13, junior transfer Amy Huss (Vanderbilt) with a mark of 17:14, and senior Abi Wilshire (Birmingham) and junior co-captain Kirsten Hagen (Christiansburg) rounded-out the scoring as they clocked in at 17:41 and 17:44, respectively.

"This was a great meet for the women; they did an excellent job with the fourth place finish." Braman remarked. "Illinois was fourth in the country last year and we beat them today. We also finished ahead of our regional rivals Florida, Georgia and UNC Chapel Hill. So we beat a lot of good teams, I'm really pleased with them. This performance should move us into the top ten in the rankings."

For the men, Senior Andrew Lemoncello (Stirling) finished fourth with a time of 22:48 in his first race of the season. Fellow co-captain junior Tom Lancashire (Turton) was in eighth place across the line with an even time of 24:00. Rounding out the scoring for the men were junior Luke Gunn (Birmingham) with a time of 24:25, junior transfer Mark Buckingham (Sheffield) clocking in at 25:01 and junior Chris Nickinson (Booker T. Washington) with a 25:02 mark.

"The men did a good job for the first meet that counts," explained Coach Braman. "We struggled with Buckingham who came into the meet with a horrible chest cold. He is normally a top-ten finisher and wasn't there tonight. His being sick really cost us." The Notre Dame Invite was the first competition as a Seminole for Buckingham who transferred this season from England.

Although coming just five points shy of beating rivals Florida and Notre Dame is disappointing for the men's squad, they are definitely ahead of where they were this time last year, which is right where Braman expected them to be. While the Seminoles have been unsuccessful in beating the Gators at the ND Invite, they are undefeated against their in-state rival at the regional meet which takes place this year on November 11th.

Florida State's B-Team competes this Saturday, September 30th, in Auburn, Ala. at the Auburn Invitational. That meet will be followed by the FSU Invitational, which the Seminoles host on Saturday, October 7, 2006 at the Miccosukee Greenway.

Place  Name                       Points   Time
=====  =========================  ======  ========
   2   Susan Kuijken                  2   16:52   
  15   Barbara Parker                15   17:13   
  16   Amy Huss                      16   17:14   
  43   Abi Wilshire                  43   17:41   
  48   Kirsten Hagen                 48   17:44   
  53   Laura Bowerman                53   17:45   
  54   Debbie Huss                   54   17:46   
  56   Jessica Crate                xxx   17:50   
  82   Lydia Willemse               xxx   18:10   

FSU INVITE, 1st place
10/07/2006, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Sweep The FSU Invitational.

Florida State took home the crown once again in the men's and women's races at their first home meet of the season.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The Florida State men's and women's cross country teams have once again claimed the team championship at their own FSU Invitational at Miccosukee Greenway on Saturday, Oct. 7th. The men's and women's B Teams competed and finished on top with 66 points for the men and 17 points for the women.

In the women's race, the leading pack was full of Seminoles as they were the first four athletes to cross the line, nearly sweeping the competition. Redshirt junior Jessica Crate (Brights Grove, Ontario, Canada/Arizona State) was the first runner to cross the line with a time of 17:46.72, earning the first of 17 points for FSU. Next up was junior Audrey Hand (Virginia Beach, VA/Kellam) in second place with a time of 18:16.34, in third place with a mark of 18:24.80 was redshirt freshman Christina Woytalewicz (Brandon, FL/Riverview) and the fourth Seminole across was junior Shannon Coates (Delreay Beach, FL/Spanish River) with a clock of 18:37.29. Rounding out the scoring in seventh place was redshirt junior Meredith Urban (Raleigh, NC/Green Hope) with an 18:53.57 mark.

"I was really pleased with our B Team ladies," Head Coach Bob Braman said. "They went one through four today which is really impressive. Jessica Crate looked awesome and I'm really pleased with her performance. I think we'll keep those top four in the mix with our varsity squad since we may need them at the end of the year. But overall, all of our ladies did great today and I'm very pleased."

For some of the women, today's race marked personal records for them, including Jessica Crate who shaved nearly two minutes off her record from last season. Also claiming PRs today were Audrey Hand and Christina Woytalewicz who both bettered their previous records by over one minute each.

"The guys did a nice job today," Braman stated. "We got the win and that's always a good thing."

Leading the scoring for the men was redshirt freshman Jason Lakritz (New Windsor, NY/Newburgh Free Academy) who finished in fifth place with a time of 26:01.29, setting a personal record. The next to score was junior Kenny Jesensky (Orlando, FL/Coastal Carolina) in ninth setting a new personal record with a time of 26:04.53, Christian Minor in 12th with a mark of 26:13.06, junior Tommy Noyes (North Canton, OH/Hoover) was the 17th to finish with a clock of 26:35.53 and rounding out the scoring for the Seminoles in 48th place was redshirt freshman Steven Wilson (Tallahassee, FL/Riverview) with a 28:13.95 mark.

"Jonathan Blocker ran unattached and placed fourth which is good for him," Braman noted. "Luke Beevor also ran unattached and we hope to get him ready in the next few weeks so he can be big at the conference and national meets."

The Seminole men have taken home the championship from the FSU Invitational five years in a row, while the women have claimed the title four years running.

The next meet for Florida State will be the NCAA Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Indiana on Saturday, October 14th.

Women Team Scores                                                                                                                                                                                       
Rank Team                         Total  1  2  3  4  5  *6  *7                                                                                                                                          
1    Florida State University       17   1  2  3  4  7  11  13                                                                                                                                          
2    University of Tampa            75   5 10 14 20 26  34  39                                                                                                                                          
3    University of North Florida    94  15 16 17 22 24  33  35                                                                                                                                          
4    Jacksonville University        96   6  9 21 29 31  32  46                                                                                                                                          
5    University of West Florida    106  12 18 23 25 28  38  40                                                                                                                                          
6    Embry-Riddle                  161   8 30 36 43 44                                                                                                                                                  
7    Troy University               180  19 27 42 45 47  48  50                                                                                                                                          
8    Florida A&M University        230  37 41 49 51 52                                                                                                                                                  
Place  Name                       Points   Time
=====  =========================  ======  ========
   1   Jessica Crate                  1   17:46.72
   2   Audrey Hand                    2   18:16.34
   3   Christina Woytalewicz          3   18:24.80
   4   Shannon Coates                 4   18:37.29
   7   Meredith Urban                 7   18:53.57
  12   Julia Vola                    11   19:09.06
  14   Amanda Hahn                   13   19:19.88
  25   Ashley Andress               xxx   19:54.99
  38   Kaley Matthews               xxx   20:27.74
  39   Stefanie Bechler             xxx   20:31.77
  46   Angelina Ramos               xxx   20:51.08
  47   Hillary Palumbo              xxx   20:53.90
  59   Christine Dion               xxx   21:26.97
  61   Meredith Kelly               xxx   21:30.52
  62   Ashley Montagnese            xxx   21:32.12
  63   Samantha Weeks               xxx   21:33.26
  66   Shannon Stuckman             xxx   21:43.09
  67   Courtney Laster              xxx   21:43.64
  68   Mary Magee                   xxx   21:53.31
  73   Laura Cullen                 xxx   23:02.06
  74   Hshkeni Richemond            xxx   23:05.45
  77   Amanda Skillen               xxx   23:45.07
  79   Quiana Holsey                xxx   24:09.85
  80   Jennifer Patterson           xxx   24:11.06

10/14/2006, Terre Haute, In

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Men's Cross Country Places Second At The 2006 Pre-Nationals While Women Place Seventh.

Senior Andrew Lemoncello places fifth while Junior Amy Huss leads the women in 27th.

TERRE HAUTE, IN - The Florida State No. 27 Men's and No. 12 Women's Cross Country teams ran at the 2006 Pre-Nationals today, October 14th. The men placed second with their highest Pre-Nationals finish ever with 141 points. The women's team placed seventh with 268 points.

On the men's team, senior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland) placed fifth with a time of 23:45.8. After competing sick at Notre Dame two weeks ago, junior Mark Buckingham (Huddersfield, England) came back strong with a 13th place finish for a 24:01.1 finish. Coming in right after him was junior Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England) placing 14th at 24:01.6. Junior Luke Gunn (Forest Gate, England) placed 26th with a time of 24:09.5. With a lifetime best of 24:47.1 was junior Chris Nickinson (Pensacola, Fla.) to place 83rd.

"We came into the meet placed 27th in the country and now we are looking at a definite top ten ranking," said head coach Bob Braman. "We beat our arch rival NC State, who was the number one team in the ACC, they beat us badly at Notre Dame. Probably the MVP of the team was Mark Buckingham. Mark was sick two weeks ago and finished sixtieth at Notre Dame and today had a much better finish and was our number two guy and finished thirteenth overall."

On the women's side, junior Amy Huss (Wyomissing, Penn.) placed the fourth fastest time ever at Florida State with a 27th finish of 20:49.2. Freshman Susan Kuijken (Nijemor, Netherlands) had a time of 21:08.1 to finish 51st. Senior Barbara Parker (Norfolk, England) finished behind her at 53rd with a time of 21:09.9. Finishing in 62nd was junior Jessica Crate (Brights Grove, Ontario, Canada) with her fastest time of 21:16.9. Junior Laura Bowerman (Temple Terrace, Fla.) closed out the top five with a 74th finish with a mark of 21:24.2.

"I really felt that the ladies competed hard. I probably ran them too hard last week in training," stated Braman. "A few of them were fighting hard but not running as hard as they liked to. We also had a bunch of lifetime best times. That is the fastest our fifth girl has ever run at any meet in the history of Florida State. We have accomplished what we came here to do which was to run hard, compete hard and to get some victories. Trust me, in two weeks at the ACCs, there are going to be some awfully hungry ladies out there trying to win the championship."

"What we were trying to do at this meet was beat a lot of great teams. Both teams, men and women, beat a lot of great teams. We pretty much punched our tickets to the National Championships today as long as we are in the top three or four at the Regions."

The Seminoles' next meet is at the ACC Championships in Charlottesville, Virginia on October 28th.

Place  Name                       Points   Time
=====  =========================  ======  ========
  27   Amy Huss                      27   20:50   
  52   Susan Kuijken                 52   21:09   
  53   Barbara Parker                53   21:10   
  62   Jessica Crate                 62   21:17   
  74   Laura Bowerman                74   21:25   
  98   Debbie Huss                   98   21:41   
 142   Kirsten Hagen                142   22:04   

10/28/2006, Charlottesville, Va

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminoles Finish 2nd And 4th, Respectively, At ACC Meet.

Lemoncello, Lancashire and Kuijken earn all-conference honors.

The Florida State men's and women's cross country programs earned top five finishes at the 2006 ACC Cross Country Championships held in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday morning. For the fourth straight season, the men's squad finished second while the women's team earned its best mark with a fourth-place finish.

Rounding out the top five team finishes on the men's side were: 1. NC State (31 pts); 2. FSU (79 pts); 3. Virginia (87 pts); 4. Duke (124 pts); 5. Clemson (132 pts).

"On the men's side, we got beat by probably a better team today," FSU head coach Bob Braman said. "I really think two things. One, we've been training really hard and I think we may have been tired. Secondly, it was really, really hilly and there's just nothing we can really do in Tallahassee to prepare for that. We'll be looking ahead to regionals and nationals and try to still be a top 10 team. That's our goal."

The Florida State women finished with 118 points, the Seminoles' lowest score ever. The top five on the women's side: 1. NC State (59 pts); 2. Duke (88 pts); Virginia (104 pts); Florida State (118 pts); 5. Virginia Tech (123 pts).

"In the big picture on the women's side, we made a lot of progress this year and I'm real proud of that," Braman said. "Susan Kuijken was our first in and she finished sixth and made all-conference and just missed being Freshman of the Year. Amy Huss was 15th and missed all-conference by one spot. Jessica Crate was 24th, so pretty solid. After that, we had a good pack but the pack was maybe a few spots from where we'd like to have been on a perfect day, but it was a good solid day, our highest finish ever.

"Both teams have a lot to look forward to with regionals and nationals in front of us and there is a lot of work still to be done."

Individually, Andrew Lemoncello and Tom Lancashire earned all-conference honors with second and 10th place finishes, respectively. Kuijken earned all-conference honors for the Florida State women.

WOMEN'S TEAM FINISHES:                                                                                                                                                                                  
Rank Team                      Total    1    2    3    4    5   *6   *7                                                                                                                                 
   1 NC State                     59    1    4    9   13   32   34   43                                                                                                                                 
   2 Duke                         88    3    7   22   26   30   46   58                                                                                                                                 
   3 Virginia                    104    5    8   10   28   53   64   67                                                                                                                                 
   4 Florida State               118    6   15   24   35   38   39   40                                                                                                                                 
   5 Virginia Tech               123   16   17   23   25   42   62   69                                                                                                                                 
   6 North Carolina              138   11   14   21   44   48   54   59                                                                                                                                 
   7 Boston College              150   12   19   33   37   49   51   73                                                                                                                                 
   8 Wake Forest                 166    2   31   41   45   47   60   65                                                                                                                                 
   9 Georgia Tech                194   20   27   29   55   63   72   74                                                                                                                                 
  10 Maryland                    217   18   36   50   56   57   61   71                                                                                                                                 
  11 Clemson                     343   52   68   70   76   77   78   79                                                                                                                                 
  12 Miami                       384   66   75   80   81   82   83   84                                                                                                                                 
Place  Name                       Points   Time
=====  =========================  ======  ========
   6   Susan Kuijken                  6   21:20.2 
  15   Amy Huss                      15   21:54.2 
  24   Jessica Crate                 24   22:13.2 
  35   Abi Wilshire                  35   22:39.3 
  38   Lydia Willemse                38   22:42.7 
  39   Kirsten Hagen                 39   22:44.3 
  40   Laura Bowerman                40   22:45.1 
  57   Barbara Parker               xxx   23:20.5 

11/11/2006, Knoxville, Tn

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State Finishes On Top At NCAA South Region Championship.

The Seminole men took home the meet crown as the women finish strong in fourth.

KNOXVILLE, TN - The men and women of Florida State cross country proved they were in top shape as they took home first and fourth place honors at the 2006 NCAA South Region Cross Country Championship hosted by the University of Tennessee. The South Region Champion men earned 67 points and the fourth-place women finished with 84 team points.

For the men's team, senior co-captain Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) was the first Seminole across the line in fifth place with a time of 31:02.3. "On the guy's side, I'm really surprised we won to be honest," Head Coach Bob Braman said. ""This is a very difficult course, so you've really got to be careful. We really weren't trying to win, we were actually trying to be in the top four and qualify for nationals."

The men ran the first half of the race in a pack with Lancashire pulling away near the end in an attempt to beat out some of the competition. Crossing the line a few steps behind him was fellow co-captain and senior Andrew Lemoncello (St. Andrews, Scotland/Stirling) in ninth place and a 31:33.9 mark. The rest of the pack included junior transfers Luke Gunn (Forest Gate, England/Birmingham) in 12th with a time of 31:40.6 and Mark Buckingham (Huddersfield, England/Shefield) in 14th with a clock of 31:46.3. Rounding out the scoring for Florida State was redshirt sophomore Javier Cruz (Miami, FL/Belen Jesuit) who finished in 27th with a career best time of 32:28.8.

"I'm really encouraged because Javier Cruz did a great job," Braman said. "He just missed making the All-Region Team but he ran his career best race. He was up against some of the best runners in the southeastern United States. Javier was the unsung hero for us."

On the women's side, it was a day of firsts for freshman Susan Kuijken (Nijmegen, Netherlands/Stedel˙k Gymnasium). This was the first regionals she had ever competed in and with the individual championship she set a new course record with her time of 20:54.1. The record she broke belonged to Florida State alumnus Vicky Gill who finished the course at the Lambert Acres Golf Club in 2002 with a time of 21:03.87.

"It's a good feeling. As a freshman, I don't really know any of these girls, so it was kind of a surprise," Kuijken said. "I've never run regionals before, so I had no idea where I might finish or where I could end up. I never would have thought that I could win a regional race, especially for my first win in America. I always thought that regionals would be harder than conference, but I ran a good race today." Also scoring for the Lady Noles were redshirt juniors Amy Huss (Wyomissing, Pa/Vanderbilt) and Jessica Crate (Brights Grove, Ontario/Arizona State) who finished in 12th place with a time of 21:40.8 and 14th with a time of 21:45.5, respectively. Crossing the line in 20th was senior Abi Wilshire (Saltford, Bristol, England/Birmingham) with a 22:02.5 mark and in 37th was redshirt junior Debbie Huss (Wyomissing, Pa/Vanderbilt) with a clock of 22:25.1. The women's performance today earned four of them spots on the All-Region Team's Top 25 list.

"Susan was dominating today, she ran really, really well," Braman said. "We rested our number three girl, Barbara Parker, who if had she run we would have probably been second, but that's not what this was all about. We rested Barbara and also Kirsten Hagen so we can have our best team fresh and ready for nationals in a week."

Qualifiers for the NCAA National Cross Country Championships will be announced tomorrow night, November 12th and will be posted on Seminoles.com. The nationals are November 20th in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Place  Name                       Points   Time
=====  =========================  ======  ========
   1   Susan Kuijken                  1   20:54.1 
  12   Amy Huss                      12   21:40.8 
  14   Jessica Crate                 14   21:45.5 
  20   Abi Wilshire                  20   22:02.5 
  37   Debbie Huss                   37   22:25.1 
  44   Laura Bowerman                44   22:41.8 
  70   Lydia Willemse                70   23:36.1 

11/20/2006, Terre Haute, In

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Florida State's Susan Kuijken Earns All-America Honors at NCAA Championship.

The men's and women's teams finished 30th and 21st, respectively.

TERRE HAUTE, IN - The Florida State men's and women's cross country teams competed at the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships on Monday and finished 30th and 21st, respectively.

The women's team, ranked No. 29 entering the meet, struggled with the mudded course, a result of rain over the weekend, to earn 436 points. The team placed only five points away from a Top Twenty finish. Freshman Susan Kuijken finished 27th, earning 23 points, with a time of 21:18 and was awarded All-America honors. Next to cross the line was redshirt junior Debbie Huss earning 89 points with a 22:18 mark. Also scoring for the Seminoles were junior Laura Bowerman with 100 points and a 22:24 time, followed by redshirt seniors Barbara Parker with 109 points and a 22:28 time and Jessica Crate who scored 115 with her clock of 22:31.

"The women did a nice job," Head Coach Bob Braman said. "We're ranked 29th in the country and finished 21st. We were very close to a top 15."

Redshirt junior Amy Huss was unable to score for FSU due to a strained groin muscle she had been battling for a few weeks.

"I felt bad for Amy Huss who ran injured," Braman said. "We ran through a lot of thick mud the whole way because it had rained all week. And Amy has had that injury for the past two races now and she's been able to get through, but today there was nothing she could do."

"Overall the ladies did a nice job," Braman said. "Debbie Huss and Laura Bowerman did a great job, they stepped up. Effort-wise we did a nice job."

This is the second Top Twenty-five finish for the women since they last competed in 2003 and placed 18th.

"We were darn close to the best ever," Braman said. "I know this was a better team than the 2003 team. The difference being the 2003 team had two front-runners in Vicky Gill and Natalie Hughes. They were both All-Americans and today we had only one in Susan Kuijken who has done a phenomenal job in her freshman year. All and all I'm pleased that the top four that crossed the line today are coming back next year. The future is bright. These women did a great job and fought through it."

The No. 10 ranked men's team also struggled with the muddy course and an injured runner, Mark Buckingham, who battled with a bad knee.

"This team is one of the best we've had since I've been here," Coach Braman said. "It is the best regular season team that we've had all year. I was really shocked. Mark Buckingham had a bad knee injury that basically took him out of the race. When the mud showed up, that was it for Mark. We took a big hit there because Mark is one of our top guys."

Senior Andrew Lemoncello was the first to score for the Seminoles, earning 24 points with his time of 31:49. The rest of the 602 points the men received came from senior Tom Lancashire (65 points, 32:31), junior Luke Gunn (128 points, 33:12), junior Mark Buckingham (191 points, 34:20) who managed to score despite his injury, and rounding off the points was junior Luke Beevor (194 points, 34:22).

"It was a tough day," Braman said. "I really feel for these guys, I think they deserve a much better fate. But on this day it wasn't meant to be and I honestly can't say why."

2006 NCAA DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIPS                                                                                                                                                                      
HOSTED BY INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY                                                                                                                                                                      
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2006                                                                                                                                                                               
WOMEN"S 6OOO METER TEAM RESULTS                                    POINTS                                                                                                                               
 1. Stanford                      3   27   45   58   62 (116) (138) - 195                                                                                                                               
 2. Colorado                      2   14   37   39  131 (178) (186) - 223                                                                                                                               
 3. Michigan                     10   40   41   50   92 (155) (172) - 233                                                                                                                               
 4. Wisconsin                    11   20   43   81  107 (159) (162) - 262                                                                                                                               
 5. Arkansas                     30   47   53   68   88 (102) (179) - 286                                                                                                                               
 6. Texas Tech                    1    8   46  111  134 (204) (215) - 300                                                                                                                               
 7. Providence                    6   64   72   74   85  (87) (211) - 301                                                                                                                               
 8. Illinois                     24   33   52   60  135 (153) (157) - 304                                                                                                                               
 9. Cal-Santa Barbara            28   38   56   76  120 (151) (165) - 318                                                                                                                               
10. Duke                         12   15   63   98  132 (168) (181) - 320                                                                                                                               
11. Minnesota                    16   25   82   95  117 (124) (149) - 335                                                                                                                               
12. Michigan State                9   29   78  105  137 (187) (214) - 358                                                                                                                               
13. Arizona State                49   57   69   79  121 (126) (176) - 375                                                                                                                               
14. Virginia                     17   21   55  140  150 (190) (193) - 383                                                                                                                               
15. Georgia                      48   71   73  103  106 (192) (208) - 401                                                                                                                               
16. Georgetown                   32   36   84   97  154 (173) (185) - 403                                                                                                                               
17. Iowa                          7   26   35  166  175 (188) (210) - 409                                                                                                                               
18. Virginia Tech                61   70   91   94  101 (209) (212) - 417                                                                                                                               
19. North Carolina State          4   22   99  133  169 (180) (189) - 427                                                                                                                               
20. Iona                         18   42   67  148  156 (177) (199) - 431                                                                                                                               
21. Florida State                23   89  100  109  115 (118) (145) - 436                                                                                                                               
22. Brigham Young                 5   54   83  142  164 (170) (198) - 448                                                                                                                               
23. Princeton                    65   77   80  104  128 (147) (202) - 454                                                                                                                               
24. Colorado State               34   93  112  113  123 (183) (203) - 475                                                                                                                               
25. Weber State                  51   96  108  114  119 (174) (191) - 488                                                                                                                               
26. Florida                      59   90  122  129  136 (141) (144) - 536                                                                                                                               
27. Wake Forest                  13   44  143  160  194 (200)       - 554                                                                                                                               
28. Tennessee                    75   86  125  127  153 (201)       - 565                                                                                                                               
29. Baylor                       66  110  130  158  167 (171) (207) - 631                                                                                                                               
30. Boston College               31  139  146  161  184 (197) (213) - 661                                                                                                                               
31. North Carolina               19  163  182  195  196 (205) (206) - 755                                                                                                                               
Place  Name                       Points   Time
=====  =========================  ======  ========
  27   Susan Kuijken                 23   21:17.1 
 118   Debbie Huss                   89   22:17.1 
 132   Laura Bowerman               100   22:23.4 
 141   Barbara Parker               109   22:27.6 
 148   Jessica Crate                115   22:30.6 
 151   Amy Huss                     118   22:31.6 
 180   Abi Wilshire                 145   22:48.6