TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State cross country teams will host three major meets this fall, including the 2021 NCAA Cross Country Championships in November at the Apalachee Regional Park.
“We’re excited to announce our fall home cross country schedule,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “Our FSU Open will be an early season preview meet, while the pre-national meet will be a late-season, high-caliber meet. Teams from all over the country will come in to preview our world-class course before nationals.”
The FSU Open will be held on Sept. 17 prior to the FSU XC Invite/Pre-Nationals on Oct. 15.
Florida State will end the season on Nov. 20 by hosting the NCAA Championships for the first time in program history. The meet will feature 255 runners in each of the men’s and women’s races, comprised of 31 teams and 38 individual student-athletes. The NCAA selected the host site on April 18, 2017, bringing the meet to the state of Florida for the first time.
It is just the second DI NCAA National Championship hosted by FSU and the first since the 1996 women’s tennis national championships.
FSU served as host of the AIAW Women’s National Cross Country Championships at Seminole Golf Course in 1979 – the only previous collegiate national championship meet for either the men’s or women’s cross country and track & field programs.
Apalachee Regional Park opened and became the home to FSU Cross Country in the fall of 2009.
“I’ve been anxiously waiting for the national championship to be on our home course,” FSU head women’s cross country coach Kelly Phillips said. “Well, it’s finally here and I couldn’t be more excited. We have one of the best courses in the country and to have the best teams in the country be here and run for a national title is truly special.”
Since 2009, Apalachee Regional Park – simply ‘The ARP’ to those in the running community – has been the Seminoles’ home course and a staple in their training schedule.
More than 30,000 athletes, ranging from elementary school-age to professionals, have raced on the beautifully manicured course, between the FSU Invitational, Florida High School state championship meets, NCAA South Region Championships, the 2015 ACC Championships, 2016 and 2020 AAU Cross Country National Championship, multiple USA Track & Field National Championships and a multitude of lower-key events, in partnership with Leon County Division of Tourism/Visit Tallahassee.
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