TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State cross country teams will race in the ACC Championships on Friday morning at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
Featuring all members of the ACC, the men’s 8k will go off at 10 a.m., while the No. 21 women will begin their 6k race at approximately at 11 a.m.
No spectators will be admitted at this meet, however live timing and results will be available on theACC.com and both races will air on the ACC Network Extra.
The women were picked to finish the season in second place and will by looking to win the title for first time since 2013. They will have to knock off the favorite, No. 4 NC State, who has won the women’s ACC Championship for the past four years.
The Seminoles have finished all three meets in the top three this season, including a first-place finish at the FSU Invitational. Senior Addi Coggins has been the top performer this season with three top-five finishes, along with being awarded ACC Performer of the Week after her fifth-place finish at the UAB Blazer Classic.
“Our group is super deep this year,” FSU head women’s coach Kelly Phillips said. “Which is great. This whole season, very much like last season, we have yet to have the same top five. It’s been interesting. We had two come back late and our two local freshmen have done a tremendous job of jumping right in.
“Addi Coggins has taken ownership of being a front-runner,” Phillips added. “This year, she starts in the front, expects to be in the front and it’s been fantastic seeing her progress.”
The men’s team is also looking to improve their standing in the league after finishing sixth in last year’s meet. The Noles were also chosen to finish sixth in the ACC this season. They will be aiming for their first conference title since 2010.
The Seminoles have also placed in the top three in every meet this season, including a first-place finish at the Mountain Dew Invite. Junior Paul Stafford has placed within the top five in each of those races, including a first-overall finish at the Mountain Dew Invite. He has also received the ACC Performer of the Week award twice this season.
“We’ve had great leadership this season,” FSU head men’s coach Bob Braman said. “Paul Stafford and Gabriel Curtis have taken leadership of this team. Every step of the way, training, preparation, getting to the front and racing, our guys have been making sure the guys are checking the boxes so they’re ready to run the bigger meets. As coaches, it’s great for us to lead, but it’s invaluable when they do.”
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