GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Forever Young continued her breakthrough cross country season Saturday morning at the Mark Bostic Golf Course, leading the Florida State women’s team with an 11th-place overall finish at the Mountain Dew Invitational.
Young, a redshirt junior, covered the 5,000-meter course in 18:21.1 – her third career-best performance in as many races this season – to lead the Seminoles to a fourth-place finish in the field of 32 teams.
Freshman Jen Lima finished 22nd (18:43.5) and was followed by first-year teammates Elizabeth Jenkins (37th, 18:57.9) and Micaela Torres (46th, 19:09.8).
Junior Jessica Lonas (60th, 19:26.0) rounded out FSU’s top five scorers, with redshirt freshman Shannon Turner (73rd, 19:36.3) and senior Bella Poole (19:42.5) completing the top seven.
Young and Lima were the lone Noles who had previously competed with FSU’s top group of runners this season.
“Forever ran outstanding and Lima ran very well,” FSU women’s coach Kelly Phillips said. “We didn’t run 11 of our girls, but our top four freshmen [Lima, Jenkins, Torres and Turner] did a really nice job.”
Host Florida claimed the team title with a meet-low 88 points, followed by FIU (148) and UNF (156). The Seminoles (168) finished immediately in front of Jacksonville (189) and UCF (228).
There were 15 NCAA Division I teams in the field.
“As a team they’ve progressed an awful lot as a group,” said Phillips, whose team was ninth last year. “The course ran a little slow because of all the water. We went out a little conservatively and came on to finish strong.”
The Seminoles will return to action on Friday at the Joe Piane/Notre Dame Invitational; the first major meet of the season.