HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Florida State women’s cross country team will have its eyes on a victory as they help christen a brand new course at Saturday’s UAH Chargers Open.
The Seminoles will send 21 runners to the starting line for the 5,000-meter race at the home venue for the University of Alabama Huntsville, which was formerly the Huntsville Municipal Golf Course. FSU is one of five NCAA Division I schools in the 18-team field.
“It’s should be fun,” said FSU women’s coach Kelly Philips. “There are some upper classmen trying to make the ACC team, so there is some talent up front. Then there’s some young people who have just really done a good job of training over the summer and have surprised me.”
Phillips mentioned freshmen Rachel Johnson, Ashley David and Abby Schrobilgen among those who “have been the biggest surprises.” That trio is among a group of 10 who will be competing for the first time for the Noles.
“We have upper classmen who know what it’s all about like Kayla Easterly, Erin Phelps and Ginelle DeMone,” Phillips added. “And [freshman] Yasmine Abbes just keeps better each week.”
Veterans Sarah Parrish, Micaela Torres and Mariah Zupan bring added depth to the top half of the lineup.
The Noles will contend with fellow South Region schools UAB, Jacksonville State, Alabama A&M and Alabama State. Host UAH is a perennial NCAA Division II Championships qualifier.
The gently rolling, one-loop course should provide ample opportunity to produce quality times.
“I know there are other schools there with front-runners, but I feel like the team is deep enough that they should be going there expecting to win,” Phillips said.
The race is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. (ET) and live results are available at https://xpresstiming.com/Live/2019/XC/UAHXC/index.htm.
You can follow Florida State cross country via Twitter @FSUXC and check back at Seminoles.com for a race recap.