TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Militsa Mircheva waited an entire year to represent Florida State in her first cross country meet.
The junior from Dobrich, Bulgaria left a pretty strong impression.
Mircheva won her cross country debut for the Seminoles on Friday at the Covered Bridge Open and on Tuesday she was recognized as the NCAA Division I Women’s Performer of the Week by the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
“Militsa had a great weekend, but it’s early,” third-year FSU women’s coach Kelly Phillips said. “The best is yet to come!
“She worked really hard this summer and is all about the team, which is what is so great about her.”
In the process of leading the Seminole women to the team title in runaway fashion, Mircheva covered the 5000-meter course in 16:53.29. Her winning margin was a whopping 31 seconds over 2017 NCAA Outdoor 5000-meter qualifier Ann Asipan, then competing for UT-Martin.
The Seminoles were equally dominant in victory over a 12-team field, totaling just 25 points as they easily turned back host and defending Sun Belt Conference champion Appalachian State, which finished second with 68 points.
Mircheva, who represented Bulgaria in the marathon at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and sat out last fall in a redshirt season, was one of five Noles representing FSU for the first time to finish in the top 15 overall at the race.
FSU is idle this weekend and will return to action Sept. 15 in Blacksburg, Va. at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational.