October 6, 2022

Noles Set to Host FSU Invite

 

Tallahassee, Fla.   – The NR/No. 24 Florida State cross country teams will race in the FSU Invite on Friday morning at the Apalachee Regional Park.

The FSU Invitational has been held in Tallahassee since 1973 and at the ARP since 2009.

The meet will feature over 30 teams in each race, with the men’s 8K starting at 7:40 a.m., and the women’s 5K following at 8:15 a.m. Live timing will be available.

“It’s really exciting for us,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “We’ve got over 30 teams for each gender. Statistically, it will be the largest number of people to ever run a collegiate race with over 300 people in each field. This will be a lot of fun. For us, this is a big deal for our athletes that want to make the ACC team in three weeks and they need to race.”

Teams

NR/No. 24 Florida State

RV/NR Embry-Riddle (NCAA II)

NR/RV Tampa (NCAA II)

No. 2/NR Indiana Wesleyan (NAIA)

No.4 /No. 5 The Master’s (NAIA)

NR/ No. 18 William Carey (NAIA)

NR/RV Southeastern(NAIA)

No. 7/ NR Daytona State College (NJCAA)

No. 15/ NR Lake Sumter State College (NJCAA)

No. 17/NR Pasco-Hernando State College (NJCAA)

Bethune-Cookman

Eastern Florida

Flagler

Florida A&M (Women only)

Florida Gateway College (Women only)

Florida Tech

Jacksonville

Jacksonville St.

Life

LSU

Miami (Fla.)

Mobile

North Georgia (Women only)

Palm Beach Atlantic

Saint Leo

Shawnee State

USF

Southern Wesleyan

Stetson (Men only)

Tallahassee CC

Thomas (Ga.)

Valdosta State

West Florida

The Last Time Out

After winning both the Covered Bridge Open and the dual against Tennessee in Boone, FSU last competed on Sep. 30 in the Joe Piane Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame.

The women’s team finished in fifth place (175)  behind a great outing, as eight of the nine runners turned in personal bests at the 5k distance. The Seminoles finished behind three teams ranked in the top 10, just behind No. 8 Notre Dame (146) in third.

The men were led by Fearghal Curtin, who placed fifth in the men’s 5-mile run at 23:24.7. Zach Leachman (24:11.5) and Cooper Schroeder (24:16.0) also ran their best at the distance.

As a team, the Noles finished 11th (267).

Noles In the Polls

With its excellent outing at Notre Dame, the women’s team jumped back into the top 25 nationally, tying for 24th in the week four USTFCCCA poll.

The women also jumped to No. 2 in the South Region, while the men slipped to fourth.

The Seminoles will also race in the highly touted Nuttycombe Invitational in Madison, Wisc., on Oct. 14.

The Apalachee Regional Park

This will be the first collegiate cross country meet at the ARP since hosting the 2021 NCAA Championships.

The venue will also play host to NAIA and NJCAA Nationals this November and recently won the bid to host the 2026 World Championships.

“The good thing about our course is that it yields information,” Braman said. “No matter the level of competition, you know what a fast time is, you know what your splits are, and you know how to dissect this course. You we can get a lot of value and some of these athletes that are running on Friday could end up running in the national meet.”

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