CARY, N.C. – The No. 21 Florida State women’s cross country team finished the 2020 season with a third place finish at the ACC Championships on Friday.
Despite preparing for rain, wind and a muddy track, the Seminoles ran in ideal conditions on a fast and hilly course at the WakeMed Soccer Complex, finishing with a total of 109 points behind No.4 NC State (47) and No. 25 Georgia Tech (99).
FSU edged out Duke (114), No. 12 Notre Dame (116) and No. 27 North Carolina (116).
“We were good today, just not great,” FSU head coach Kelly Phillips said. “We were a solid second place with a mile to go. We didn’t pack up well early, but had a lot of good things happen today.”
The women were led by junior Addi Coggins who turned in a fifth place finish with a time of 20:22.3 ahead of junior Elizabeth Funderburk in 15th at 20:36.9, as both Seminoles secured All-ACC honors.
Funderburk joins Vicky Gill (2001-03), Pilar McShine (2008-10), Colleen Quigley (2011-14) and Susan Kuijken (2006-09) with three All-ACC honors, while Coggins brought home her first nod.
“Addi has been phenomenal all season,” Phillips added. “She’s just been a rockstar this fall and she has a mission. I’m excited for her, and for Funderburk, being All-ACC three times, on a pretty short list that features Olympians is incredible.”
As in the previous races of the season, Coggins jumped out with the leaders and solidified herself in fifth place at the 4.7k split. Funderburk ran close to Coggins through the 3k mark, and held steady through the finish.
Also scoring for the Noles was sophomore Rebecca Clark, who turned in a time of 20:48.4 for 24th place, just ahead of senior Maudie Skyring (20:54.2) in 29th. Senior Kayla Easterly rounded out the top five, clocking 21:01.6 for 36th place.
“I’m very happy for Kayla Easterly,” Phillips said. “This was the first ACCs she’s been to and she really did something. She showed what it’s like to be a senior. She did a nice job.”
The men’s team finished in ninth place with a total of 225 points. FSU was led by junior Paul Stafford, who finished in 32nd place with a time of 23:54.0 followed by junior Caleb Potorff in 34th at 23:56.0.
In the front half of the race, Stafford and redshirt freshman Gabriel Curtis took to the front of the pack, with Curtis near the leaders. Curtis held steady near the top 10 until the final mile before fading to 43rd place (24:12.2).
“It was a tough day for us,” FSU head men’s coach Bob Braman said. “The thing that hurts the most was Gabe Curtis. He was near the top 10 the whole race and just hit a wall. I really hurt for Gabe. Just like he did all season, he gave a great effort. He put himself right in it, ran himself as hard as he could.”
Senior Bert Freire was the fourth Seminoles across the line, placing 62nd (24:27.6) ahead of freshman Zach Leachman (24:28.6).
“The rest of the guys got a little intimidated by the course,” Braman added. “Caleb ran a solid race. Overall, it’s disappointing end to a what was a really good Fall season. I feel for the guys because they trained so hard and they didn’t respond well to the course. We’ve got to be better. Hopefully we can learn from this for indoor and winter season.”
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