TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –Florida State junior Adriaan Wildschutt was named the ACC Men’s Cross Country Performer of the Week on Wednesday, following his performance at the FSU Winter XC Classic on Friday.
In his FSU debut, Wildschutt placed third overall behind a personal best 8k time of 23:16.7, which beat his old time by nearly eight seconds. His performance was the third fastest in Apalachee Regional Park history.
Wildschutt established himself in second place early and held that position for most of the race, but Eduardo Herrera from Colorado took over at the 6k split with a 1.2-second advantage. Wildschutt kept steady in third through the finish, crossing the line almost nine seconds ahead of the fourth place competitor.
“Adriaan is very deserving of this honor,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “He ran an incredible race, breaking the (original) course record and running the fastest 8K time, ever, for a Seminole.”
Wildschutt finished behind Iowa State’s junior Wesley Kiptoo 22:48.8 and Herrera at 23:03.4. All three runners were under the APR course record that was set at the 2015 ACC Championships by Thomas Curtin of Virginia Tech at 23:23.0.
A native of Ceres, South Africa, Wildschutt joined the Noles this spring from Coastal Carolina, where he was an NCAA qualifier in 2019 following an All-Region performance. Wildschutt was also a two-time All-Sun Belt first-team honoree and the 2018 Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year.
The Seminoles will host the FSU Last Chance Meet at Apalachee Regional Park on Mar. 5 before competing in the NCAA Championships on Mar. 15 in Stillwater, Okla.
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