BOONE, N.C. – The (RV/18) Florida State cross country teams opened the season by sweeping the Covered Bridge Open, which was held on the Don Kennedy Trails in Boone, N.C., by Appalachian State University
The women’s team started the day by winning the 5k with a total of 26 points and the men followed with the victory in the 8k with 36 points. It was the fourth-straight sweep of the event for the Noles.
“I was really pleased with both teams,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “We have a really tired squad from training, but everyone put on their competitive hats at race time. We’re right where we need to be for this time of year.”
The Seminoles were paced by two individual champions. The women’s team was led by redshirt senior Lauren Ryan, who won the 5k with a time of 17:05.35 in her first cross country race since the 2019 NCAA Championships.
Ryan finished second in at the 2019 Covered Bridge Open, which was her FSU debut following two seasons at Villanova.
Adriaan Wildschutt took home his second career victory as a Seminole, dominating the race with a time of 24:48.53, finishing almost 20 seconds ahead of the next competitor.
“Adriaan and Lauren dominated their races today,” Braman said. “But I was particularly pleased with how well our packs ran today. They worked well together.”
Redshirt senior Amanda Beach followed Ryan in fourth place in her first race in the Garnet and Gold after spending four seasons at Duke, with a time of 17:19.64.
Caitlin Wilkey crossed the line in sixth (17:32.36) followed by Rebecca Bergnes in ninth (17:42.57) and Maudie Skying in 10th (17:44.62) to round out FSU’s top five.
Erin Phelps (17:54.78) was 15th and Riley Bahr took 16th (17:55.33).
Following Wildschutt was Ahmed Muhumed in fifth place in the 8k with a time of 25:22.13. Paul Stafford (25:38.14), Jacob Holmes (25:38.15) and Silas Griffith (25:38.28) crossed the finish line nearly together in eighth, ninth and 10th place.
Gabriel Curtis (26:00.09) was 19th and Sam Field (26:31.55) was 40th.
The Seminoles will host the FSU Open early in the morning on Sept. 17 at the Apalachee Regional Park.
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ACC Projected Order of Finish
Greensboro, N.C.- The ACC cross country coaches projected order of finish was released on Friday by the league.
The FSU women’s team is expected to place third, while the men are listed eighth.
The ladies finished third behind NC State and Georgia Tech at the 2020 ACC Championships, while the men placed ninth.
Projected order of finish: