Atlantic Coast Conference Announces Cross Country Performers of the Week
Florida State, Pitt student-athletes earn honors
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Four student-athletes who turned in outstanding individual performances highlight this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Performers of the Week for the 2016 cross country season.
Men’s Performer of the Week – Michael Callegari, Jr., Florida State
Callegari has been running in teammate Harry Mulenga’s shadow throughout much of the cross country season, but that shadow was closer than ever at Friday’s FSU Invitational. Callegari and Mulenga finished with identical times of 25:22.9 over the 8000-meter Apalachee Regional Park course, leading the Seminoles to a perfect team score (15 points) and easy victory over a field of six NCAA Division I teams (13 overall). Callegari, a transfer from St. Mary’s University just outside London, England, ended up second to Mulenga as the timed tie was broken by video review.
Men’s Freshman of the Week – Steven Cross, Florida State
In earning his third Freshman of the Week award this season, Cross continued his outstanding true freshman season with the Seminoles, running stride-for-stride with the leaders through the finish of Friday’s FSU Invitational at Apalachee Regional Park. The Merritt Island, Florida, native covered the 8000-meter course in 25:23.6 to finish third overall – less than a full second behind teammates Harry Mulenga and Michael Callegari (25:22.9), as the Seminoles swept the team title with a perfect score of 15 points. Cross, who has already pocketed a pair of ACC Men’s Freshman of the Week honors, has finished in the top three among Seminoles in all three meets this season.
Women’s Co-Performers of the Week – Bridget Blake, Jr., Florida State/MaKenzie Zeh, So., Pittsburgh
Blake delivered a second-place overall finish at Friday’s FSU Invitational. In her first 5000-meter race on the Apalachee Regional Park course since high school, Blake ran 17:47.8 to help the Seminoles to the team title. Led by the Orlando, Florida, native, Florida State finished with 51 points to edge UCF and defending champion Jacksonville, which finished with 56 points in the field of seven NCAA Division I teams (13 overall).
Zeh posted a personal record and claimed her first top-5 finish of her career finishing third at the CMU Invitational Saturday. In earning her first Performer of the Week honor the Panther sophomore, who hails from Pittsburgh, ran the 5k course in 19:05.7, leading the Panthers to their second team win of the season, the first since the Tommy Evans Invitational back on September 9.
Women’s Freshman of the Week – Megan Mooney, Florida State
Mooney recorded her second consecutive second-place finish among teammates this season, placing eighth overall – sixth among NCAA Division I scorers – at Friday’s FSU Invitational. The Thornton, Colorado native, competing on her home course for the first time, ran 18:09.9 for 5000 meters as the Seminoles won the team title in a controlled effort. She was the first freshman across the finish line from a field of 178 finishers at the Apalachee Regional Park course.