Men's Cross Country Takes Fifth, Women 10th at FSU Invite

Sept. 17, 2005

Men's Results | Women's Results

TALLAHASSEE - Led by freshman Chris Mullaney and senior Andrea Morrow, the UCF cross country teams finished fifth and 10th at the FSU Invitational on Saturday morning.

Mullaney was one of three UCF men to finish under the 27-minute mark as he came in 21st at 26:20.55. Junior Brent White placed 27th with a time of 26:31.68, while classmate and brother Ryan White was 32nd at 26:44.42.

Senior Chucky Jones was also in the top 35 finishing at 27:04.32 and sophomore Paul Fitzpatrick took 41st at 27:17.30. Sophomore Paul Nielsen rounded out the UCF scoring as he earned 52nd place with a time of 27:27.17.

The men earned 136 points to rank fifth among the 16-team field. Host FSU was first with 26 points followed by Auburn (49 points), Texas A&M (65) and Florida Southern (128).

In the women's race, Morrow paced UCF with a 35th place showing at 19:17.42 and was the only Golden Knight to be listed in the top 50. Sophomore Kristen Zieminski was 64th at 20:01.91, while sophomore Allison Palmer followed four places behind with a time of 20:07.05.

Freshman Jamie Rzepecki finished 77th at 20:20.58 and sophomore Elizabeth Miller was 84th at 20:32.18 in her season debut.

The Seminoles also claimed top honors in the women's race with 33 points, ahead of No. 2 Texas A&M with 93 points. Georgia Tech (120 points) captured third, while Auburn (122) and Clemson (156) completed the top five. UCF had 280 points for 10th place among the 18 squads.

"I was very pleased with the way our top three men ran," said UCF head coach Marcia Mansur-Wentworth. "We still need to work on closing the gap between the top and bottom of our lineup. There is also a need for improvement on the women's side."

The Golden Knights will be able to work on improving during a two-week hiatus from competition before they return to action on Oct. 1 at the Loyola Lakefront Invitational in Chicago, Ill.