Tallahassee, Fla. – The No.29/18 Florida State cross country teams will travel to two different meets this weekend.
The Seminoles will get their first look at 2021 ACC Championships course on Friday, by competing in the stacked Joe Piane Invitational, which will be hosted by No.2/19 Notre Dame at the Burke Golf Course.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for both of our teams,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “There’s easily a dozen teams here that will be in the top 30 and qualify for nationals November. The Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational is one of the nation’s best meets,
“This will be a real test for both of our squads,” Braman added. “This is also the preview meet for the ACC Championship in four weeks. This will be a perfect preparation for that meet.”
FSU will also field teams at the Alexander Asics Invite in Fairburn, Georgia on Oct. 2.
Friday’s meet will start at 10:30 a.m., with the women’s 5k. The men’s 5 mile will begin at 11:15 a.m.
The meet will showcase 22 ranked teams, including 10 in the men’s race and 12 in the women’s.
Live timing will be available for both meets.
The men’s 5 mile race will include runners from 51 schools. The Seminoles will compete in the Blue Race alongside 22 other teams.
The women’s 5k will feature runners from 57 teams. FSU will be one of 25 teams in the Blue Race.
Members of both squads will race on Saturday morning at the Alexander Asics Invite in Fairburn, Ga., at Bouckaert Farms.
The men’s college 8K is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. and the women’s college 5K will follow at 9 a.m.
The Last Time Out
Both the men’s and women’s teams recorded strong finishes at the FSU Open on Sept. 17.
The women finished second in the 6K after No. 1 BYU pulled away in the final stretches of the race. The Noles were led by senior Lauren Ryan (20:50.8) in fifth place, followed by Agnes McTighe (21:01.4) and Amanda Beach (21:04.1) in eighth and ninth place.
Maudie Skyring was 13th (21:17.1) and Rebecca Clark took 16th (21:21.7), to round out the scoring for FSU at 51 points.
Adriaan Wildschutt registered the fourth fastest time in Apalachee Regional Park collegiate men’s 8k history (23:21.9) which led the men’s team to a third-place finish. Wildschutt won his second race of the season by almost 11 seconds and was named the ACC Performer of the Week.
Ahmed Muhumed finished in fourth with his best of 23:48.0. Paul Stafford (24:22.6), Jacob Holmes (24:55.4), Gabriel Curtis (25:00.7), Silas Griffith (25:06.7), and Sam Field (25:23.0) rounded out FSU’s top seven finishers.
Noles in the Polls
For the previous two polls both squads have been ranked third in the South Region according to the USTFCCCA.
The women’s team slipped to 20th last week in the Coaches’ Poll before moving back up to No. 18 this week.
The men appeared in the poll for the first time since the 2019 final rankings. After receiving votes for the first two polls of the season, the Seminoles have stayed at No. 29 in weeks two and three.
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