Nov. 18, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Fresh off their NCAA South Region team titles, the Florida State men’s and women’s cross country teams are headed to Terre Haute, Ind. for the 2011 NCAA Division I Championships on Monday, Nov. 21.
Both the men and women were NCAA runner-ups in 2010 at the LaVern Gibson Championships Course, where they will toe the starting line against 30 other teams. The races will be streamed live at NCAA.com with coverage scheduled from 12 p.m-1:30 p.m.
Bob Braman’s men are making their ninth consecutive NCAA Championship appearance, which is tied for the seventh longest active streak in Division I. The Seminoles, who are making their 10th all-time appearance at the championship event, enter the raced ranked No. 11 nationally in the USTFCCCA poll.
NCAA South Region individual champion David Forrester and senior co-captain Mike Fout, an All-American at the 2010 championship event, lead the way for the Seminole men. For Fout, a La Porte, Ind. native, he hopes to keep his streak of outstanding performances on his home soil going through his final collegiate cross country race.
The Florida State women, ranked No. 1 nationally entering the event, are aiming to claim the school’s first women’s national championship in any sport since the 1985 outdoor track title. After posting back-to-back NCAA runner-up finishes to Villanova each of the past two seasons – and finishing third in 2008 – Karen Harvey’s squad is poised to take the next step.
Junior co-captain Amanda Winslow, the NCAA South Region champion, has been the Seminoles’ top finisher in all four major meets this fall. FSU’s strength, however, is its overall depth as Winslow is followed closely in a tight pack by Hannah Brooks, Violah Lagat, Jessica Parry, Colleen Quigley and Kayleigh Tyerman.
Monday’s races from the Wabash Valley Family Center begin with the men taking the gun at 12:08 p.m. (ET), with the women set to follow at 12:58.
In addition to following the action via webstream at NCAA.com, Florida State sports information will provide live Twitter updates from the course @FSU_XCountry with complete coverage leading up to, and recapping the race to follow at Seminoles.com.