September 17, 2020 - by
Noles Ready to Race Rivals in Season Opener

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State men’s and women’s cross country programs will open their season Friday morning at the Mountain Dew Invitational hosted in Gainesville, Fla. The Seminoles will be joining in-state rivals Florida and Miami, along with Georgia Tech, as the only schools competing at the Mark Bostick Golf Course.

The men will be running the 8k event that is scheduled to begin at 7:55 a.m., while the women’s team will be competing in the 6k event that is slated to begin at 8:30 a.m.

Due to large amount of rainfall from Hurricane Sally, race officials have changed the course route, however conditions are still expected to be wet on Friday morning.

“We’re excited to rip through some puddles Sally left behind for us,” FSU women’s head coach Kelly Phillips said. “But we’re looking forward to getting this season started.”

The women’s team last ran at the Mountain Dew Invitational in 2018, where they placed third, while the men’s team will be running in this event for the first time.

“Our guys are super excited to compete again,” FSU men’s head coach Bob Braman said. “Some haven’t raced in eight months. This will be a great first meet for us. We get to race a couple of ACC schools and our cross-state rival. I know our in-state high school grads are excited to race their old rivals.”

Annually hosted by Florida since 2005, the Seminoles will look to spoil a second straight sweep of the meet for the Gators. The women’s team has also won six consecutive Mountain Dew Invitational titles and 14 of the last 15.

Live timing will be available: http://live.halfmiletiming.com/meets/239/events

The race is open to the public and fans must adhere to CDC guidelines, including physical distancing and wearing a mask.

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