CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Florida State junior Christine Griggs closed with a flurry to finish third over and lead the Seminole women’s cross country team Friday at the Charlotte Invitational.
Griggs covered the 6000-meter McAlpine Park course in 22:25.6 as the Seminoles placed four runners in the top 23 to finish fifth at the seven-team meet with a field of 75 runners.
Sophomore Courteney West finished 13th (22:52.3), followed by junior Chantelle Brodie (21st, 23:13.5) and freshman Madison Harris (23rd, 23:18.7). Junior Kaitlyn Kelly (29th, 23:30.9) rounded out the scorers for the Seminoles, who finished with 89 points. West and Harris posted career-best times over 6000 meters.
“Charlotte head coach Alex Gibby did a great job changing the course to make it more challenging than in years past,” said FSU volunteer coach Ashley Botham. “the girls stepped up to the challenge and handled it very well. Ten of the sixteen girls who raced posted new PR’s and the freshmen handled their first 6k with grace.”
Eight Seminoles competed over 6000 meters for the first time.
“I am really proud of how the girls worked together and bounced back after racing hard last weekend,” Botham said. “This race was a great step in the right direction and we are looking forward to toeing the line again in two week on our home course at the FSU Invitational.”
In addition to the women, a pair of Seminole men also competed. Redshirt freshman Abdin Fator placed 20th in 27:34.1 over 8000 meters, while Max Magee was 24th (28:11.6).