Sept. 20, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. – Collegiate and high school cross country teams from around the region will travel to Tallahassee this weekend for the annual Florida State Invitational, hosted by the Seminoles’ men’s and women’s cross country teams.
Formatted as a six-race event, the FSU Invite will kick off at 7:30am Saturday morning with the men’s collegiate 8k race–which the Seminole men have won five years in a row. Women’s collegiate 5k competition will follow at 8:10 am, a race also dominated by the Seminoles with four consecutive wins. The high school boys’ 5k will begin at 8:40 am and high school girls’ 5k at 9:10 am. Men’s and women’s 5k open races will close out the event.
“The FSU Invitational has always been kind of a two-fold mission for us,” said head coach Bob Braman. “One, we’re trying to set our rosters a little bit. We’re trying to find who’s going to go with us into the next races that are coming up–which would be Notre Dame in a week and then the pre-national meet in three weeks.”
Coming off a first-place mark for the men and a second-place spot for the women at the Covered Bridge Open, the Seminoles enter the second race of the season already hinting at a dominant season to come. With the women’s team ranked nationally at No. 12 (a tie for highest in school history) and the men at No. 24, Florida State will hold the upper hand on the visiting teams at Saturday’s home event.
“We also have a phenomenal opportunity to showcase one of our racing and training venues to some of the best high school kids in Florida,” Braman continued. “We’ll have over 1,000 high schoolers out there. It’s really a great opportunity to show off the facility. For the high school kids, this will be the best course they race on all year.”
Ten collegiate teams are expected to race on Saturday, as well as 40 high school teams. Tune in to ACC Select here on Seminoles.com for video coverage of the event.