Oct. 1, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State will travel to the Notre Dame Invitational to compete this Friday against a whopping 27 ranked opponents, including host Notre Dame (20th), Georgetown (9th) and Illinois (10th). The meet will be held at the ninth-hole Notre Dame Golf Course on the Notre Dame campus. A total of 60 teams will be fighting to cross the finish line.
“The important thing about this meet is that it counts for at large points toward the NCAA qualifying,” said men’s head coach Bob Braman. “This will be our first chance to get some quality wins against quality opponents.”
The lady Seminoles, ranked at No. 3, will hit the ground running the 5K at 4:15 p.m. to face 16 ranked opponents including Princeton at No. 6, No. 8 Michigan and No. 10 Illinois. The women’s squad placed third overall in last years race, with then sophomore Susan Kuijken finishing first, beating out two higher ranked opponents.
“This is going to be quite a challenge for our team at Notre Dame,” women’s cross country head coach Karen Harvey said. “We have had some really great workouts this week. We are ready to face our stiffest competition of the year against one of the toughest fields that we will face all year long. The team is looking forward to putting everything on the line and seeing where we stack up against the nation’s best.”
On the men’s front, No. 26 Florida State will battle 11 ranked teams including No. 8 Michigan and No. 9 Georgetown starting at 5 p.m. At last year’s meet, the men took fifth place in the 8K run led by senior Luke Gunn who finished first for the Seminoles.
“This is a great opportunity for teams to earn their rankings,” said Braman. “At this point, rankings have been all speculation, but now with a meet like this that has so many good runners, it takes away the potential and gives way for the actual performance. This will give us a chance to earn our rankings.”
Stay tuned with the Seminoles at www.seminoles.com for the latest results.