TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State cross country teams will be hosting the FSU Winter Last Chance Meet on Friday morning at the Apalachee Regional Park.
The meet is the final chance for any team to qualify for the NCAA Championships in Stillwater, Okla., on March 15.
Behind the third place finish at the ACC Championships back in October, the No. 18 FSU women’s team will sit out its top runners and await their NCAA bid, while the men’s team will put forth its best effort in order to qualify for nationals.
“We’re very excited to host a high-level cross country meet in March,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “This is why the course was built and we’ve got the best place to be in the country this weekend. Neither meet is that big, but our men will be running in a very good meet alongside Michigan and Syracuse. If we can’t pull off the upset for the win, they we have to look good and be close behind.”
The men’s 8K race will feature runners from nine schools and will begin at 8:30 a.m.
The women’s 6K race will host runners from seven squads, starting at 9:15 a.m.
The meet will be closed to the general public, however live timing will be available.
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The Last Time Out
On Feb. 5, the Seminoles hosted a stacked FSU Winter XC Classic that featured seven ranked teams. Among the seven ranked teams competing in the field, the Seminoles finished ahead of No. 30 Syracuse (202) and No. 22 Southern Utah (212). No. 12 Stanford finished first in the men’s 8K Garnet race with a score of 67 points while No. 6 Iowa State (98) and No. 13 Colorado (98) tied for second. No. 27 Utah State (160), No. 19 Wake Forest (184) and Duke (190) followed in fourth, fifth and sixth.
Newcomer Adriaan Wildschutt was impressive in his debut, placing third overall behind a personal 8K best of 23:16.7, which was the third fastest time in APR history. For his efforts, Wildschutt was named the ACC Performer of the Week.
Wildschutt is fresh off a dominant, gold medal-winning performance in the men’s 3000m at the 2021 ACC Track & Field Indoor Championships (7:55.26). It was the second fastest time in school history.
In the women’s race, freshman Caitlin Wilkey led the Noles in the Gold 6K, crossing the line in 21:52.0 for ninth place.
The NCAA Cross Country selection show will run at 1 p.m. on March 7 and will stream via NCAA.com.
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