Florida State wins Pre-Nationals
Winslow finishes fourth to lead charge for Seminoles
No. 3 Florida State won its second consecutive major meet Sunday, overwhelming the Pre-Nationals field with a score of 46.
The Seminoles placed three runners in the top eight, five in the top 14 and six in the top 20.
"They took a one-on-one race with a great Georgetown team and were really determined to win the meet," Florida State coach Karen Harvey said. "That determination really showed."
Junior co-captain Amanda Winslow led the charge with a fourth-place finish in 20:44. She was followed by Violah Lagat (seventh, 20:47), Hannah Brooks (eighth, 20:48), freshman Colleen Quigley (13th, 21:03) and Jessica Parry (14th, 21:03). In short, the Seminoles put together an impressive 19-second, 1-5 split that was no match for the field of 40 teams and 303 finishers.
"I'm very pleased with that," Harvey said of the split. "We've never done that since I've been at Florida State. That split for 6K is very, very good."
Kayleigh Tyerman was the sixth Seminole finisher, crossing in 20th (21:20). Redshirt freshman Chelsi Woodruff rounded out the FSU finishers (86th, 22:23) in her first 6K race.
Winslow stayed with the lead pack through the first half of the race, but fell off the pace, only to recover over the last 1,500 meters when she found Lagat at her side.
"Faith and courage has been our motto all season," Winslow said. "I'm so thankful Violah came up and really helped me. She was encouraging me in the end, `Come on Winslow.'"
"That took a lot of courage to do that," Harvey said of Winslow's resolve. "She regrouped when she saw Violah. ... The response was fantastic."
A lot like the Seminoles' overall performance.
"Obviously, Violah Lagat and Colleen Quigley stood out the most from improving from Notre Dame," Harvey added. "You've got to hand it to the whole team. ..."
"We still have quite a few people who have big room for improvement. ACC's are in two weeks and it's all about keeping them healthy and hungry."
"We were all really happy with that," Winslow said of the tightly-knit pack of Seminole finishers. "Thirty seconds [between Nos. 1-5] was kind of our goal. ...The new girls did pretty amazing. That's why we went there, for the new girls to see the course. I think it worked out pretty well."