Thursday, March 31, 2016

1976 Florida State vs Valdosta State men's cross country dual meet

It seems like time for some more Results From The Attic.

On Saturday, 25 September 1976, the Florida State University cross country team hosted Valdosta State College in a dual meet on the Seminoles' home course at the Seminole Golf Course and the old FSU Dairy Farm in Tallahassee. The distance was five miles, measured by Florida State head cross country coach Dick Roberts.

1976 Valdosta State College men's cross country team
VSC men's cross-country team, 1976

Valdosta State won, 26 to 31.

This had to be a humbling experience for a NCAA Division I team like the Seminoles--a Division II school comes into town and beats your team on your home course. The Blazers, though, were a very good Division II cross country team. The previous year, 1975, they had placed seventeenth in the NCAA-D2 national championship cross country meet. After outrunning the Seminoles in Tallahassee, the Blazers would go on to place eighth in the 1976 NCAA-D2 national championship meet. The Blazers were eighth in NCAA-D2 again in 1977.

And in 1978, my first year of running for Florida State, Valdosta State returned to Tallahassee and beat us again.

Florida State University's 1976 men's cross country team
FSU men's cross country team, 1976

Here are the results of the 1976 dual meet between the men's cross country teams of Valdosta State College and Florida State University.

Florida State vs. Valdosta State Cross Country Dual Meet
Saturday Morning, 25 September 1976
Seminole Golf Course, Tallahassee, Florida
Five Miles
PlacePointsTimeFirst NameLast NameSchool
PlacePointsTimeFirst NameLast NameSchool
1. 1. 25:45PerryShawFlorida State University
2. 2. 25:47DonnieCookFlorida State University
3. 3. 26:04GeorgeWhitmireValdosta State College
4. 4. 26:11JoeGermanoValdosta State College
5. 5. 26:14GarySlaytonValdosta State College
6. 6. 26:20GaryMooreValdosta State College
7. 7. 26:22TomHerronFlorida State University
8. 8. 26:34JackLemasterValdosta State College
9. 9. 26:59TommyCurtisFlorida State University
10. 27:11BillThomasValdosta State College
11. 27:21TerryHuddlestonValdosta State College
12. 27:28RogerLeeValdosta State College
13. 27:30JamieMartinezValdosta State College
14. 12. 27:35BrantleyOvercashFlorida State University
15. 27:51RonMontgomeryFlorida State University
16. 28:43ShannonSullivanFlorida State University
17. 28:44GlennKettenackerFlorida State University
18. 28:56DennisHeathFlorida State University
19. 29:44CliffCookFlorida State University
20. 30:27MikeRasperValdosta State College

Team Scoring
Valdosta State College3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 8=26(10,11)
Florida State University1 + 2 + 7 + 9 + 12=31(13,14)