October 8, 2018 - by
Hurricane Michael Cancels Historic FSU Invitational

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The continued development and projected path of Hurricane Michael has forced the cancellation of the FSU Invitational/Pre-State cross country meet Friday and Saturday at Apalachee Regional Park.

The storm has significantly impacted the infrastructure of meet organizers from Florida State University and Leon County. FSU and Leon County schools are closed through Friday in advance of the projected arrival of Hurricane Michael and resources from both entities have been redirected to areas of need.

“We were really looking forward to hosting an historic FSU Invitational this weekend, but I certainly understand the county’s decision to cancel the meet,” said FSU coach Bob Braman. “Safety always comes first.”

The 2018 FSU Invitational was going to be its largest event in the 10th year of competition at Apalachee Regional Park. A record 36 universities and colleges were entered to compete in Friday morning’s event, while the high school and middle school entries totaled 166. In all, more than 3,000 runners were scheduled to race over the two-day event.

“The safety for everyone involved is our top priority,” said Amanda Heidecker, Director of Sports for Visit Tallahassee, whose office administers the high school and middle school portion of the meet.

Heidecker said those teams have two options for the registration fees paid for this year’s event:
• A credit toward registration for the 2019 FSU Cross Country Invitational/Pre-State Meet,
• Or, a full refund (if this is preferred, please let us know to whom we should make out the check and the appropriate mailing address)
Those schools should respond with their response to HeideckerA@leoncountryfl.gov.

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