Sept. 27, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State cross country hits the road on Thursday (Sept. 28th) for the Notre Dame Invitational in Notre Dame, Indiana. This is the largest cross country invitational meet of the season and is also one of the oldest meets in the U.S. In its 51st year, fourteen ranked teams including the Seminoles will compete on the grounds of the nine-hole Notre Dame Golf Course on Friday, September 29th. The first race starts at 2:00 p.m. (EDT) and the final race will begin at 5:00 p.m.
There are two divisions for the men and women, blue and gold, with the featured teams, including Florida State, competing in the blue divisions. The Seminole women (#29) will run against top-ten teams Michigan (#3) and Illinois (#7) as well as fellow ACC teams NC State (#12) and UNC (#25). For the men (#24) they will compete with top-ranked Wisconsin and top-twenty teams Michigan (#15) and Notre Dame (#16) in the final race of the day.
Of the 54 schools sending teams to the invite, there are 14 teams ranked in the top 30 of U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) men’s or women’s polls. Aside from the ranked teams, seven others will be receiving votes in one of the two polls this week, which means that at least half of the fields in both of the men’s and women’s Blue Division races are receiving national consideration this week.