FAIRBURN, Ga. – Members of the No. 29/18 Florida State cross country teams competed in the collegiate races at the Alexander Asics Invite in Fairburn, Ga., at Bouckaert Farms on Saturday morning.
Redshirt freshman Zach Cloud was the winner of the men’s 8K, crossing the line with a time of 25:09.23, just under six seconds ahead of the next competitor.
“Zach Cloud had the highlight for today,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “It was really nice to see Zach come in and run a great race and it looked like he had more in the tank too. He could potentially step up for us and today was a great breakthrough for him.”
In the women’s 5K, Rebecca Bergnes took bronze, finishing with a time of 17:44.30, which was just off her personal best (17:42.6). Bergnes led the Seminoles to a second place finish with a total of 84 points.
“Becky ran really well,” Braman said. “She’ll be another one that will be in hunt for our ACC team. She battled with runner that took second the entire way, but overall, she had a great race.”
Colby Otero stuck with Cloud until the final hill, crossing the line in seventh place with a time of 25:38.09. Matt Owens officially made his debut in the Garnet and Gold and placed 12th with a time of 25:45.52 and Matt Newland was 71st at 27:14.94.
The Seminoles had three other runners finish in the top 30 of the women’s 5K as Ella Swigler (18:35.83) and Dani Thompson (18:36.21) ran together, finishing in 11th and 12th respectively. Freshman Evie McIver was 29th (19:12.66) and Lauren Big placed 31st (19:18.21) to round out the scoring five.
“The ladies did a great job,” Braman added. “Over half of the team had personal best times, which is what they’re shooing for. They’ve made a lot of progress. It was a great opportunity for them to come up here and race on this beautiful course. It will set them up for the big home meet in two weeks.”
Florida State will welcome some of the top teams in the country for the FSU XC Invite/Pre-National Meet on Oct. 15 at the Apalachee Regional Park. The first race is slated for 8 a.m.
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