TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Dipping under 20 minutes over 6,000 meters for the first time in her career, Florida State senior Colleen Quigley claimed top individual honors Saturday at the Paul Short Run in Bethlehem, Pa. The victory, in the third-fastest winning time (19:49) in meet history, earned Quigley ACC Women’s Cross Country Performer of the Week honors.
Running in the lead pack throughout the women’s Gold Division race, Quigley broke the race open over the final 1,000 meters. Her victory helped the Seminoles to a third-place team finish from a field of 28 squads.
Her winning time was just five second off that of 2013 Paul Short champion Abbey D’Agostino (Dartmouth), who went on to claim the NCAA Championship individual title last year. Quigley placed sixth at the championship meet as a junior.
Quigley Post-Race Interview with Flotrack: bit.ly/1rcjkDZ
The ACC honor is the fifth of Quigley’s storied career and her second in three weeks. The St. Louis, Mo. native, who was the ACC Performer of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year last season, won her first weekly honor of the season three weeks ago after claiming in the individual title at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational meet in Blacksburg, Va.
FSU Invitational College Races are Friday
Florida State will host the 32nd FSU Invitational Cross Country Championships Friday and Saturday at its Apalachee Regional Park home course. The Seminoles will send a select group to the starting line to compete in the women’s 5,000-meter and men’s 8,000-meter races, which will be contested Friday at 6:20 and 6:45 p.m., respectively.
A total of 29 collegiate women’s teams and 30 men’s teams will compete in the race, which also serves as a preview of the NCAA Division I South Region meet, which will be contested Nov. 14 at the course.
FSU Invitational Team Race Assignments: bit.ly/1oJTcAB
On Saturday, nearly 200 high schools representing Florida, Georgia and Alabama, will compete in eight seeded races and two junior varsity races. The meet has become especially attractive to the top programs in Florida, as it serves as the Pre-State meet. Consequently, eight of the top 10 girls teams and seven of the top 10 boys teams (based on Fl.milesplit.com rankings), will toe the starting line.
In all, approximately 3,000 runners are registered to compete over the course of two days. Saturday’s first race, the highly anticipated boys elite race, will kick off the morning of racing at 7:40 a.m.
There is no admission or parking charge to attend. Refreshments will be on sale.
Paint It Pink at the ARP
As has been the case in recent years the FSU Invitational college races serve as the cross country program’s meet in support of breast cancer awareness. You can help support the cause at the annual Paint It Pink event by showing up and purchasing t-shirts, which will be available for a $10 donation. The event is brought to you by Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, FOX49 and Academy Sports and Outdoors. To order your official Paint it Pink t-shirt in advance click here http://www.seminoles.com #NOLESPAINTITPINK #UNCONQUERED
Noles in the Polls
The Florida State men’s cross country team parlayed a strong fourth-place finish at the Notre Dame Invitational last week into a six-spot jump in the USTFCCCA national poll. The Seminoles, who were led by Glen Yarham (ninth) and Tyler Udland (16th) defeated five teams ranked ahead of them nationally, and moved to No. 18 in this week’s poll.
Karen Harvey’s Seminole women slipped from No. 6 to No. 9 following a third-place finish at the Paul Short Run. FSU finished behind the University of Guelph, a Canadian college powerhouse that does not compete in the NCAA, and then No. 5 Georgetown.
Both Seminole teams retained their No. 1 rankings in the NCAA South Region.
The next opportunity both teams have to improve their national standing will be Friday, Oct. 17 at the Wisconsin Invitational.