Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State men’s cross country student-athlete Adriaan Wildschutt was selected as the ACC Men’s XC Performer of the Week by the league office on Tuesday after he won his second race of the season at the FSU XC Open on Friday.
Despite slower course conditions, Wildschutt won the 8k race with a time of 23.21.9, roughly 11 seconds ahead of the next competitor.
The Ceres, South Africa, native established himself as the leader early and started to pull away from the field by the 4k split.
Wildschutt never looked back and turned in the fourth-fastest collegiate 8k in Apalachee Regional Park history. He also owns the third-fastest mark that he set back in February this year (23:16.7), which was his personal best.
“Adriaan ran an incredible race,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “Especially for it being this early in the season. He continues to put in the work and position himself as a national contender.”
Wildschutt has won the Performer of the Week following all four of FSU’s team races in his career. His four career weekly honors rank second in school history behind Andrew Lemoncello, who had six between the 2005-2008.
The USTFCCCA released its national rankings for week two. The Coaches’ Poll featured both FSU men’s and women’s teams.
After starting the season ranked 18th and running last week’s race at No. 19, the women are now at No. 20 following their second place finish at the FSU XC Open behind No. 1 BYU.
“I’m surprised the ladies didn’t move up,” Braman said. “We had a great race at home and really pushed BYU. Luckily for us, we get the opportunity to race a lot of teams that are ranked ahead of us at our next meet at Notre Dame.”
The men’s team appeared back in the rankings after receiving votes in the previous two poll, coming in at No. 29. It was the first time the men were ranked since the final poll back in 2019, when the Noles finished the 2019 NCAA Championships in 29th place.
“That’s a pretty fair ranking for us,” Braman added. “We’re excited to break back into the national ranks again, but there’s a lot of season left and our goals are much higher.”
Both teams will travel to South Bend, Indiana, for the Notre Dame Invite on Oct. 1.
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