Oct. 27, 2010
By: Brandon Mellor
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (SEMINOLES.COM) — After countless hours of training and preparation, the Florida State cross country teams (Men – No. 8/Women – No. 3) will hit the course on Oct. 30 for the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships at Franklin Park in Boston, Massachusetts.
Boston College will serve as the host for a venue that will feature some of the best cross country performers in the country.
The women’s 6k race will begin at 10 a.m. and the men will follow in their 8k race at 11 a.m. An awards ceremony celebrating the top performers will then follow immediately afterwards.
Head coach Bob Braman’s men’s team will be looking to do something it has never done in the history of the program: earn an ACC Championship. The men finished third last season and captured four runner-up finishes in a row from 2003 to 2006.
“The guys are really excited about ACCs,” Braman said. “This is a date that they circled on the calendar way back in preseason camp. Everyone is healthy and I’m sure they’re hungry to see how they match up against a very good ACC men’s field. Five teams have been ranked in the Top 25 this season and any one of them could steal the prize.”
The FSU men’s squad enters competition in New England as the co-favorites as the highest-ranked ACC squad at No. 8 in the nation. Thirteenth-ranked Duke is next, followed by No. 16 NC State, No. 19 Virginia and No. 25 North Carolina.
The Seminole men are No. 1 team in the South Region.
On the women’s side, head coach Karen Harvey’s team has dominated the league championships in recent years and has won three consecutive ACC titles.
“We have really improved our game since Pre-Nationals,” Harvey said. “Everyone is healthy and soon to be rested for battle. Each runner has a job to do and they know what to do for ACCs. It is a strong conference and so we are looking to run much better than two weeks ago.”
While Coach Harvey is looking to improve upon her team’s showing at Pre-Nationals, the Seminoles still did capture the overall team title in Indiana.
And building off that stellar performance means achieving an unprecedented fourth-straight ACC title on Saturday against a tough field. FSU is ranked No. 3 nationally while Duke is No. 12, North Carolina is No. 17, Virginia is No. 24, Boston College is No. 25 and NC State is No. 28.
The women’s team is also No. 1 in the region.
“What’s especially exciting about this year’s ACCs is our team dynamic,” FSU sophomore Amanda Winslow said. “We have the opportunity this year to run together and work as a pack, and we’re all very excited to give everything we’ve got Saturday.”
Stay tuned to Seminoles.com for complete results from Saturday.