Sept. 3, 2010
BOONE, N.C. – For the Florida State men’s and women’s cross country teams, the 2010 season-opener at the Covered Bridge Open was all about preparing for the latter part of the year.
That’s why a fifth-place finish for the women and eighth-place finish for the men in Boone, N.C. is not indicative of the true success that both teams experienced in the Appalachian Mountains.
Women’s head coach Karen Harvey elected to hold her top seven runners out of the race with the hopes of getting a look at the ability and competitive nature of the rest of her roster.
Her goal on Friday? To see who will step up and make a move for one of the three remaining spots for conference competition.
“I had never held out my entire top seven before,” Harvey said after the race. “Instead those ladies worked out on the side and cheered on their teammates. This gave the next six ladies the chance to race and they are all not always going to get that chance at the end of the year. I need to prepare them to see who will make up last few spots for conference.”
Men’s coach Bob Braman had a different approach for his squad and that was to use the competition as a way of shaking off the rust.
“The team-score doesn’t look like we did well but we had a good workout and did what we came up here to do,” Braman said. “We just have to put in a great training weekend while we were here. We ran everyone that we brought. The top guys paced the young guys. It was good to get up in altitude and in hills. It was perfect for what we needed.
“We had 10 guys do exactly what they were supposed to do.”
Next up for the Seminoles is the annual charity race, the Across The State Relay.
The event gets going on Sept. 11 in Daytona Beach, Fla.