TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State cross country teams are expected to be among the best in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season, as the league announced the preseason poll on Tuesday.
The women’s team is projected to finish in second behind NC State, while the men are tabbed to place sixth.
The women will look to improve in their ACC runner-up finish from last season, returning seniors Jodie Judd and Maudie Skyring along with junior Elizabeth Funderbunk.
Funderbunk (21:03.0) and Skyring earned (21:04.6) All-ACC and All-South Region accolades in 2019 after finishing in eighth and 10th place respectively at the ACC Championships. Judd was instrumental in the Noles winning the team title at the NCAA South Regional Championships behind a 12th place finish (20:35.4).
The squad’s 58-point victory was the second-largest in program history and its 42 points was also the lowest since 2013.
“We’re really happy that the ACC committed to having a season this fall,” head coach Kelly Phillips said, “While we may not have a National Championship, our conference is so talented and deep we certainly have something to be excited about and train for.”
The men will return junior Paul Stafford, senior Silas Griffith and redshirt junior Caleb Pottoroff to lead the charge this season after placing sixth in the conference in 2019.
“That’s a fair ranking since that’s where we finished last year, but our aspirations are a bit higher,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “We think we’re much improved over last year and so the guys are gunning for Top three. I can tell you that we’re really excited to have a season again, and without nationals the ACC Championships will have extra meaning.”
Stafford earned All-ACC honors as a junior, finishing 17th (24:51.1), while Griffith and Pottoroff competed at the NCAA Championships.
The men’s and women’s cross country schedule is expected to be released this week. For more information, visit Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Projected order of finish:
1. Notre Dame
4. NC State
5. Wake Forest
6. Florida State
7. Virginia Tech
9. North Carolina
10. Georgia Tech
13. Boston College
1. NC State
2. Florida State
3. Notre Dame
5. North Carolina
6. Wake Forest
7. Boston College
9. Virginia Tech
11. Georgia Tech