March 14, 2021
No. 18 Noles Set for NCAA XC Championships


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The No. 18 Florida State women’s cross country team will be one of 31 teams lining up to compete in the 6K at the 2020 NCAA Cross Country Championships, which are being held at the Oklahoma State Cross Country Course in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

The top Seminoles will be racing in their first cross country contest since the ACC Championships on Oct. 30, where FSU finished third with a total of 109 points.

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 be featured on ESPNU. Coverage of the event begins at 12:30 p.m.

Live timing will also be available.

Four of FSU’s eight runners competed at the 2021 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas from March 12-13.

“They had an amazing weekend,” FSU head coach Kelly Phillips said. “We came out with four first team All-Americans and one on the second team, which is fantastic! I’m so proud of them and can’t wait to see what they can do on Monday.”

Junior Maudie Skyring, sophomore Yasmin Abbes and freshman Alyson Churchill grabbed bronze in the distance medley relay at 10:59.16. It was the highest finish for the Noles at the meet in school history.

Skyring (9:09.05) and Churchill (9:14.91) also competed in the 3,000M on Saturday, finishing eighth and 11th respectively.

Sophomore Rebecca Clark was also 12th in the 5,000M with a time of 16:18.29.

All four Noles, along with senior Jodie Judd, redshirt juniors Kayla Easterly and Jen Lima and rookie Caitlin Wilkey will take the line on Monday.

In addition to the women’s team, junior Adriaan Wildschutt and senior Ahmed Muhumed were among the 38 invited to race in the men’s 10K.

“Adriaan and Ahmed are extremely deserving to be selected to the National Championship,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “Without the team concept, an all-American finish is their primary goal.”

Wildschutt is fresh off of running in the 5,000M on Friday at the 2021 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, where he took fourth at 13:30.55. The Ceres, South Africa, native, set a new national record in the event and also broke his own school record by nine seconds and established a new ACC record.

“Adriaan is in amazing shape,” Braman said. “He would be a top five contender, but after setting the ACC record in the 5000m on Friday, that’s a high expectation of him on such a short recovery. Ahmed just keeps getting better and he’s more fit now than in 2019 when he finished in 65th place. Top 40 would take a huge race, but he’s certainly capable.”

Wildschutt will be running in this second NCAAs, while Muhumed will be participating in his fourth after his best showing at the 2019 meet where he placed 65th, while running for Boise State with a time of 31:36.4.

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