TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s and women’s cross country schedules have been announced for the 2020 season. In the midst of unprecedented circumstances, the Seminoles will compete in four meets for each team, with the fall season concluding on Oct. 30 at the ACC Cross Country Championships in Cary, North Carolina.
Florida State, along with Florida and Miami, will be opening the season on Sept. 18 at the Mountain Dew Invite in Gainesville. The men’s 8k meet is scheduled for 7:55 a.m., while the women’s 5k meet will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville.
Florida State will host its annual FSU XC Invitational in Tallahassee on Oct. 2 at the Apalachee Regional Park.
“The highlight of the regular season will be the FSU Invitational,” head coach Bob Braman said. “This year will be the best field we’ve ever had, featuring five ACC schools and seven SEC schools.”
They will then travel to Tuscaloosa, Alabama for the Alabama Invitational on Oct. 16 and will conclude the shortened season at the ACC Championships on Oct. 30 in Cary.
The women’s program, coached by Kelly Phillips, also has ACC Championship aspirations after finishing as the runner-up in last season’s meet and were selected to finish second in the league according to the ACC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, which was announced earlier this week.
“We’re excited to get this season underway and get some races under our belt,” Phillips said. “And start focusing on ACC’s.”
The men, led by Braman, will be looking to bring home their first ACC Championship since 2010, after being picked to finish sixth.
“Our guys are really excited to have a season,” Braman said. “Especially with the ACC Championships at the end. With this schedule, we’ll have a chance to compete against the top schools in the South Region.”
The men’s team will be returning two-time All-South Region runner Caleb Potteroff for this season, while the women’s team will be returning talent across the board, including five All-South Region selections in Rebecca Clark, Elizabeth Funderburk, Jodie Judd, Lauren Ryan, and Maudie Skyring.