Former Pupil Biographies
Andrew Lemoncello (1982 - )
|Andrew Lemoncello is a
Scottish long distance runner who competes in the 3000 metres
steeplechase and the marathon events. He won a team junior gold
medal at the 2001 European Cross Country Championships and won a
scholarship to attend Florida State University in 2004. At Florida
State he was second in the NCAA Men's Outdoor Track and Field
Championship in the steeplechase.
He represented Great
Britain at the World Championships in Athletics in 2005 and 2007.
He ran in the steeplechase event at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Lemoncello completed his debut marathon in 2010, finishing eighth
in the London Marathon.
In his first year at FSU he led the team to first place at the Florida
Intercollegiate Championships. He also came only one second short of the
university's 8000 m record. At the NCAA South Regional Championships,
Lemoncello was fifth and led his college team, "The Seminoles", to first
place. At the national NCAA Championships, Lemoncello was the Seminoles'
top scorer, finishing 50th in the 10,000 m run.
||Born in Tokyo, Japan to an American father and
Scottish mother, Lemoncello grew up in St Andrews, Scotland, where
he attended Madras College. While at Madras College, he broke all
distance running records and still held them in 2007. After school
he attended Stirling University and continued his progress at the
on-campus Scottish Institute of Sport. Throughout this time he was
an active runner for the Fife Athletics Club. While at Madras and
Stirling he won the Scottish National Championship sixteen times,
he was a member of the gold winning European Cross Country team,
came third at the 2004 British University Cross Country
Championships, finished eighth at the World Mountain Running
Championships 2004 and was the British University Champion in the
5000 m and 10000 m events. Due to his outstanding performances and
promise, Lemoncello gained a scholarship to study at Florida State
University (FSU) in Tallahassee in 2004. Lemoncello was an instant
success, winning the ACC performer of the week at his first outing
In 2005, Lemoncello
continued his outstanding form, winning the 5,000 m and 10,000 m titles at
the 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track Championship. He also
became FSU all-time record holder for the 3,000 m steeplechase by
shattering the 29-year-old record by more than 15 seconds. He also won the
ACC indoor 3000 m steeplechase title. Lemoncello ended the season rated
2nd in the region and 12th in the US at the 10,000 m.
maintained his form in the 2006 season, breaking four more FSU records to
hold five (cross country 8,000 m, indoor 5,000 m, outdoor 5,000 m, 3,000 m
steeplechase and the 10,000 m). He led the field from start to finish to
win the ACC 3,000 m steeplechase title. At the NCAA, Lemoncello was 12th
in the 5,000 m, 5th in the 10,000 m and second in the steeplechase.
Lemoncello joined the McMillanElite training group based in Flagstaff,
Arizona in 2007, under the direction of coach Greg McMillan.
Lemoncello had to withdraw from the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Australia
due to commitments at FSU. He had exams and the NCAA Indoor Championships
in the days leading up to the games and would not have had sufficient time
to acclimatise to perform at his best.
He competed in the
steeplechase at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics but did not
progress beyond the heats. He returned for the 2007 World Championships
but again did not go past the heat stage. He made the world championship
team after running 27:57 in the 10,000m at Brutus Hamilton Invitational on
the track. Lemoncello ran in the senior race at the 2008 IAAF World Cross
Country Championships and finished in 78th place. He represented Great
Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics, again begin knocked out in the heats
of the steeplechase. He took part in the 2009 IAAF World Half Marathon
Championships in Birmingham and was 26th. He closed the year with a
29th-place finish at the 2009 European Cross Country Championships.
Lemoncello made his marathon debut in April 2010 at the London
Marathon. He finished in a time of 2:13:40 for eighth place, the first
European man to cross the line. In September 2010, he competed in the
Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield and finished in fourth place.
- Lemoncello placed 12th at the 2014 Commonwealth Games 10,000m running for
- Lemoncello qualified for the 2006 Commonwealth Games running
- Qualified for the European and World Championships running
for Great Britain
- 2nd in the NCAA in the 3000m steeple, 12th in the
NCAA in the 5000m and 5th among all 10K runners in the NCAA in 2006
- Lemoncello was selected to run for Great Britain at the 2008 Beijing
Olympic Games in the 3,000m steeplechase, finishing 9th in round 1.
a new World Record on 19 October 2013 for 1/2 marathon on treadmill in a
time of 1:07:29, breaking the previous record by 1 minute.