TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State juniors Addi Coggins and Paul Stafford were named the ACC Cross Country Performers of the Week on Wednesday, following their performances at the Blazer Classic on Oct. 16.
In a field that featured 10 ranked teams, both Coggins and Stafford placed fifth in their races behind personal best times, helping the Seminoles finish third in both the men’s and women’s green flights.
Stafford picked up his second Performer of the Week honor of the season, while Coggins won her first of the season and career.
Coggins clocked 20:22.80 in the 6k after running a strong race. The Franklin, Tennessee, native made her move with the leaders at the 3k and held onto the pace through the finish.
“Addi has come into this season a very different runner,” FSU head coach Kelly Phillips said. “She’s confident and aggressive and I’m looking forward to seeing what she can do at ACCs.”
“It was a team effort at UAB,” Coggins said. “As a team, we have big goals heading into championship season and next year. We’ve been working hard and whether it’s in practice or a race, I always want to do my part to put our team in a position to perform at our best,
“It’s an honor to win this award, but it’s definitely just a piece of the puzzle that we’re working on leading into ACCs next week. I am so excited for what this team can accomplish and we’re ready to see what we can do.”
Stafford (Lake Wales, Fla.) claimed the lead at the 3K checkpoint and kept up the fast pace throughout the race before finishing a few seconds behind the winner from Arkansas (23:25.46) in a very tight field at 23:30.06 in the 8k.
“Paul has had an incredible transformation,” FSU head men’s coach Bob Braman said. “He’s led every race he’s been in, including this one against several All-Americans. That’s one of the fastest 8k times ever for a Seminole, so he’s truly deserving of this honor.”
“This year we all agreed as a team to focus on more than just yourself,” Stafford said. “These weekly honors are very similar to that in the sense that it represents what we’re trying to do at Florida State. It’s much bigger than myself and I couldn’t do it without my teammates.”
The Seminoles will head to Cary, N.C., for the ACC Championships on Oct. 30.
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