TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s and women’s cross country programs each earned a bid to the 2021 NCAA XC Championships, which will be held at the Apalachee Regional Park on Saturday, Nov. 20.
The women’s 6k will begin at 10:20 a.m. followed by the men’s 10k at 11:10 a.m. and both races will air on ESPNU.
“I’m really pleased to get both teams to the national meet,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “It’s pretty rare for both teams to qualify in both races, so I am very proud of the work the entire staff and program has done. The guys did exactly what they should have, which is taking care of business during the regular season and get the wins they needed. We’ve punched our ticket home.”
The Noles ran in the NCAA South Regionals at John Hunt Cross Country Course in Huntsville, Alabama, on Friday, Nov. 12.
The No. 9 women finished second overall which punched their ticket automatically to the NCAA Championships. Five women earned all-region honors for finishing in the top 25.
Lauren Ryan recorded another top-10 finish this year taking ninth place (20:05.00) followed by Maudie Skyring in 14th (20:16.43) and Amanda Beach in 18th (20:23.45). Rebecca Clark and Jennifer Lima rounded out the all-region finishers in 21st and 24th, respectively.
The No. 23 men placed third overall in Regionals which secured them an at-large bid in the NCAA Championships.
Adriaan Wildschutt (29:07.11) and Ahmed Muhumed (29:20.50) finished in first and second to collect more all-region honors for the Noles. The pair logged a one-two finish at the South Regionals for the third time in school history.
The women have appeared in every NCAA meet since 2018, finishing 15th in 2021. The men return to nationals after being left out of the unique 2020 meet that was held in March of 2021.
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