October 5, 2021
Noles on the Rise in USTFCCCA Polls

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  –   The Florida State cross country programs moved up in the USTFCCCA Coaches’ Poll in week four, as the list was released on Tuesday. The men’s team moved up nine spots to No. 20 and the women advanced three to No. 15.

Senior Adriaan Wildschutt was named the ACC Men’s XC Performer of the Week for the third time this season. He was also named the National Athlete of the Week for NCAA Division I Cross Country by the USTFCCCA on Monday, following his win at the Joe Piane Invitational at Notre Dame on Friday.

His three Performer of the Week honors in a single season ties the school record set by Andrew Lemoncello in 2004. Wildschutt also has five in his career, which is second behind Lemocello’s six.

Noles on the Rise in USTFCCCA Polls

Wildschutt won his third consecutive race this season, dominating the 5-mile event with a time of 23:06.7, despite the Burke Golf Course running slow and in warm, dry, sunny conditions.

In similar fashion to his win at the FSU XC Open, Wildschutt made his move around the three-mile mark. He built his lead to almost 14 seconds throughout the course of the race. He ended up winning by just under five seconds after Jonathan Davis of Illinois made a big push at the end.

Wildschutt is amid a historic run in 2021, after winning his fourth-career race in the Garnet and Gold.

He is first Seminole to win three-straight invitationals since Herb Wills won three in a row in 1981, including the Metro Championship. Wills had four total wins that season, including a dual meet against Notre Dame.  He also had eight total victories throughout his career (1978-81).

Wildschutt led the Noles to a fourth place finish (204), finishing ahead of six ranked teams, thus jumping to from No. 29 to No. 20 this week in the rankings.

“It’s great to be back in the Top 20,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “The guys have even bigger goals, but we’re moving in the right direction. The voters recognized that we beat a lot of good teams at Notre Dame. Pre-Nationals is another great opportunity for us next week.”

Noles on the Rise in USTFCCCA Polls

The women’s team appeared in its 27th-straight poll, coming in at No. 15 in week four, which is highest this season.

“We’re pleased to have the ladies ranked 15th at this time of year,” Braman added. “We’re nowhere near peaked yet, so this is a great mid-season ranking.”

The Seminoles were also listed at No. 3 in the South Region.

Florida State will host the FSU Invite/Pre-national meet on Oct. 15 at the Apalacheee Regional Park. Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased on Seminoles.com. Races will start at 8 a.m.

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