TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 18 Florida State women’s cross country team will compete at the 2020 NCAA Cross Country Championships in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on March 15.
Without regional meets this year, 31 teams were chosen based on performances throughout the fall and winter by a committee.
The Seminoles were selected to their third straight NCAAs after finishing third at the ACC Championships in October after taking third at the Blazer Classic. FSU also won the FSU Invite at the Apalachee Regional Park and opened the year taking third at the Mountain Dew Invite in Gainesville, Fla.
Additionally, the Noles have been ranked in all seven USTFCCCA polls this season.
“I’m very excited for our women’s team,” FSU head coach Kelly Phillips said. “We’re looking forward to getting out there and see what we can do.”
The top Seminoles will be competing in cross country for the first time since ACCs. The Noles have been focused on Indoor Track & Field, where several members of the ACC XC squad played a vital part in FSU taking home the 2021 ACC Indoor Track & Field title on Feb. 27.
Junior Adriaan Wildschutt and senior Ahmed Muhumed were invited to compete in the men’s 10K.
Both runners joined the Noles in January of 2021 and immediately made an impact in the lineup.
Wildschutt finished third at the FSU Winter Classic at 23:16.7 on Feb. 5 before winning the 8K at the FSU Last Chance Meet on March 5 with a time of 23:30.8. His performances are the third and eighth fastest in Apalachee Regional Park history. Wildschutt was also chosen as the ACC Performer of the Week after his debut at the FSU Winter Classic.
Muhumed ran a personal best at the FSU Last Chance Meet, crossing the line in fourth place with a time of 23:50.
Wildschutt will be running in this third NCAAs after running the previous two representing Coastal Carolina, while Muhumed will be participating in his first as an individual after competing in three team races for Boise State.
“Obviously, we’re disappointed to not be selected as a team,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “I’m really happy for Adriaan and Ahmed to make it individually. They were incredible this winter,
“What killed us was the NCAAs guideline that the conference meet was the most important data,” Braman added. “We didn’t have our first, second and fourth runners then. We had a very little chance to rectify ACCs in October. Just one more gift from 2020.”
The women’s 6K will start at 12:50 p.m., and the men’s 10K will follow at 1:40 p.m. Both races will air on ESPNU.
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