Sept. 16, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s and women’s cross country teams are each ranked nationally as well as regionally in the Preseason U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Top 30 polls, which were announced earlier today (Sept. 16).
The women’s program, which finished third last season at the NCAA Division I Cross Country National Championships, is ranked second nationwide in the Preseason USTFCCCA Poll. FSU received one first place vote in the coaches’ poll. In the organization’s regional rankings, the Seminole women’s cross country team is ranked No. 1 in the South.
“The ranking is a good way to get the season started,” women’s cross country head coach Karen Harvey said. “We have a talented team this year but we have a long way to go as far as improving moving forward. It is our hope that we finish the year ranked as high nationally as we have started it.”
The men’s squad, coming off a 20th place finish at last year’s championship meet, is ranked 24th nationally in the 2008 preseason poll. The Seminoles are listed third in the South Region.
“This is a very exciting time for the entire program here at Florida State,” head men’s cross country coach Bob Braman said. “It is great for our women to open the season ranked second, and to see them receive a national first place vote. That is a tribute to the great job that coach Harvey has done in leading the women’s team. The men are right where they should be heading into the season and we are looking forward to competing well this weekend at Virginia Tech.”
Florida State is one of just nine schools, and the only member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, in the NCAA Division I classification to feature both its men’s and women’s cross country teams ranked 24th or higher nationally in the preseason poll. Oregon is the preseason No. 1 selection in both the men’s and women’s polls.
The Noles begin their 2008 slate in earnest on Friday, Sept. 19 when they journey to Blacksburg, Va., for the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational. The women’s competition begins at 6 p.m. and the men take to the course at 6:45.