TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State cross country teams will head to Birmingham, Alabama to race in the Blazer Classic, which will be hosted by UAB on Friday morning. This will be the last test before the Seminoles compete at the ACC Championships on Oct. 30.
This event will feature 10 ranked teams, six races, with both squads racing in the green flight and the women also competing in the open flight. The fourth-ranked women’s team will lead off the meet with a 6k at 7:45 a.m. CT and the open will go off at 9:55 a.m. The men’s team will then follow in the 8k green race at 8:15 a.m. CT.
No spectators will be allowed at the meet; however live timing will be available.
The Seminoles will run aside familiar foes, including No.15/RV Georgia Tech and Florida for the third time this season in addition to No. 1/4 Arkansas , RV/RV Middle Tennessee, No.5/5 Ole Miss, NR/RV Vanderbilt, No.14/13 Tennessee, No. 11/12 Kentucky and Mississippi State.
“This has turned into a pretty big meet,” FSU head women’s coach Kelly Phillips said. “Anytime you have the opportunity to race against a field like this it’s super exciting. We’re a deep group, so this should be a great chance to run fast.”
“This meet is the perfect tune-up before ACCs,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “We have most of the teams from the FSU Invite but you add Arkansas, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Kentucky, so that’s another step up.”
Coming down the stretch of the season, the women are looking to finish at the top of the pack in a loaded field for the third consecutive meet. The Seminoles took home the team title at the FSU Invitational with 38 points and freshman Alyson Churchill was named the ACC Freshman of the Week after turning in a personal best (17:04.8).
In both meets this season, FSU has had all five scoring running place within the top 12.
Additionally, the Noles are looking to claim their second-straight team title at the Blazer Classic, after being led by Jodie Judd, who won the women’s 6K race (20:36.17) in 2019.
The men’s team is looking to get back into the winner’s circle in Birmingham after placing third at the FSU Invitational after suffering a few injuries in the lineup.
“We’re getting people back from minor injuries right now,” Braman added. “We’re almost at full strength. We’ll need our talented freshmen to step up like they did at the UF meet if we hope to beat some of those talented teams.”
Junior Paul Stafford and redshirt freshman Gabriel Curtis have led the Seminoles thus in both meets this season, with Curtis placing in the top three and Stafford finishing in the top four.
Stafford also led the Seminoles to a team victory with his first place finish at the Mountain Dew Invite in Gainesville earlier this season.
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