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FSU men, women 2nd in NCAA cross country

The Florida State men's and women's cross country teams each finished second at Monday's NCAA championship meet in Terre Haute, Ind., chasing down some history by stamping the overall program as the best ever from the state.

"It was a great race (for the men), and the girls did a great job again," men's coach Bob Braman said. "It was just a great day to be a Seminole."

The FSU men's team had never been better than eighth (1981) and was coming off a 30th-place finish out of 31 teams in last year's 10K finale. No team from Florida had finished higher than sixth (Florida in 1990).

"I told the guys right before the race, 'In the first 5K, run together and make sure we're in the top 10; that gives us a chance to be a top 10 team,' " Braman said. " 'And then don't be afraid to run for the podium in the last 5K.' "

FSU senior Ciaran O'Lionaird (15th, 30:14) and junior Mike Fout (24th, 30:21) earned All-America honors.

Oklahoma State repeated as national champion (73 points), followed by FSU (193), Wisconsin (223) and Stanford (237).

On the women's side, defending champ Villanova (120 points) won, with FSU (154), Texas Tech (165) and Georgetown (167) not far behind.

Seniors Pilar McShine (seventh, 20:25 in the 6K race), senior Pasca Cheruiyot (13th, 20:31), sophomore Jessica Parry (18th, 20:39) and junior Jennifer Dunn (33rd, 20:54) led the way for FSU.

The UF women finished 29th.

Volleyball: The Pasco-Hernando Community College women won the National Junior College Athletics Association Division II national championship Saturday, defeating Johnson County (Kansas) Community College in five sets in Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

Football: Pelini sorry

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska coach Bo Pelini apologized for his sideline tirades and denied rumors that quarterback Taylor Martinez quit the team.

Pelini said Martinez, who has a sprained ankle, had permission to miss a jogging session Sunday. Martinez wore a boot Monday and is day to day.

During Saturday's loss at Texas A&M, Pelini's foul-mouth berating of the officials and Martinez drew an admonishment from school chancellor Harvey Perlman and criticism from fans.

"I always believe it's okay to disagree with a call," Pelini said. "It's not okay to make it personal."

brennan hospitalized: Former Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan is sedated and in stable condition after a car crash Friday in Honolulu. Brennan, 27, a passenger in a sport utility vehicle that crossed a highway centerline and collided with a sedan driven by a 47-year-old woman, suffered broken ribs and injuries to his left collar bone and head.

Boston college: Running back Montel Harris had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and will miss at least Saturday's game at Syracuse.

FURMAN: Clemson gave offensive coordinator Billy Napier permission to interview for the Paladins' head coaching job. Napier was quarterback for Furman from 1999 to 2002.

Mississippi: Leading receiver Melvin Harris was suspended for Saturday's game against Mississippi State. Coach Houston Nutt said Harris broke team rules.

Missouri: Safety Jasper Simmons, suspended indefinitely last week for undisclosed disciplinary reasons, will not play against Kansas.

Rhode Island: The football team will compete in the Northeast Conference starting in 2013. It currently competes in the Colonial Athletic Association. In other sports, the university is a member of the Atlantic 10.

Tennessee: Defensive tackle Montori Hughes was suspended for Saturday's game against Kentucky. He violated a team academics policy.

Texas State: The school, which joins the WAC in 2012, fired coach Brad Wright after a 4-7 season. He was 23-23 in four years.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

FSU men, women 2nd in NCAA cross country 11/22/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 22, 2010 10:13pm]
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