Notre Dame, Ind. – The No. 29/18 Florida State cross country teams competed among 22 ranked teams at the Joe Piane Invitational hosted by Notre Dame on Friday.
The 18th-ranked women’s team started the day by finishing seventh in the 5K and the No. 29 men took fourth in the 5-mile race.
With the track of the Burke Golf Course running slower than usual, on a warm, dry, sunny mid-western Fall morning, senior Adriaan Wildschutt picked up his third victory of the season in dominating fashion, crossing the line with a time of 23:06.7 in the 5-mile race.
“That was a special race for him today,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said, “I’ve been coming to this meet as a coach and athlete for 30 years and I’ve never seen anyone break 23-minutes. That was one of the fastest times, ever, and it wasn’t one of the fastest days, ever. It’s very exciting for him.”
Wildschutt led the Noles to a fourth place finish (204) behind No. 19 Furman (129), No. 25 Michigan (150) and No. 10 Butler (177). FSU edged out Southern Utah (207), No. 15 Alabama (225), No. 28 Weber State (227) and No. 18 Ole Miss (236).
The Seminoles also finished ahead of No. 2 Notre Dame (11th, 286), No. 30 Purdue (13th, 316) and No. 26 Indiana (14th, 325).
“The guys ran really well,” Braman said. “Especially those first five. I was very excited about that. We had a lot of big wins today and were very close to third.”
In similar fashion to his win at the FSU XC Open, Wildschutt made his move around the three-mile mark. He built his lead to almost 14 seconds throughout the course of the race. The Ceres, South Africa, native ended up winning by just under five seconds after Jonathan Davis of Illinois made a big push at the end.
Since joining the ACC in 1991, Wildschutt is the first Seminole in school history to secure three-straight wins in a single season for the men’s team. He also has four career invitational wins in five tries in the Garnet and Gold.
Ahmed Muhumed also produced his third top-10 finish this season, placing seventh with a time of 23:36.7.
Paul Stafford and Jacob Holmes ran most of the race together, as Stafford finished in 52nd place (24:34.5) ahead of Holmes in 59th (24:38.0). Silas Griffith rounded out the scoring five in 85th place (24:52.8).
“Ahmed’s race was super,” Braman said. “Paul and Jacob also ran very tough. Silas was hurting, but he came storming back and we had some big wins.”
In the women’s 5K, the Seminoles finished seventh with a total of 253 points behind No. 2 NC State (48), No. 3 New Mexico (104), No. 6 Alabama (157), No. 8 Washington (199), No. 7 Minnesota (202) and No. 15 Ole Miss (215).
FSU finished ahead of Kentucky (278), Toledo (302), No. 29 Furman (314), Butler (327), No. 23 Illinois (331) among others.
“I was pleased with our effort,” Braman said. “We’re a little bit of a tired team right now. They’re learning my training program and it’s very tiring, but they fought hard. We’ll be much better in two weeks and all they can control is giving their maximum effort and they did that today.”
After having the early lead, Ryan finished the race in 20th place with a time of 16:43.3, which was the fastest 5K of her career.
“Lauren went to the lead,” Braman added. “She went out for the win. She was hurting in the end, but she hung in there for the team. Getting to the front early, was a great learning experience for her.”
Maudie Skyring, Amanda Beach and Agnes McTighe crossed the line close together, with Skyring moving up from 59th at the mile checkpoint to finish 41st at 16:56.3, just ahead of Beach in 42nd (16:57.0). McTighe took 46th at 16:58.6.
In her first race of the season, senior Jen Lima finished with a personal best of 17:25.8 for 95th and Rebecca Clark rounded out the scoring five by taking 99th at 17:27.2.
Alexander Asics Invitational (Oct. 2): http://milesplit.live/meets/414140
Members of both squads will race on Saturday morning at the Alexander Asics Invite in Fairburn, Ga., at Bouckaert Farms.
The men’s college 8K is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. and the women’s college 5K will follow at 9 a.m.
Noles in the Polls
For the previous two polls both squads have been ranked third in the South Region according to the USTFCCCA.
The women’s team slipped to 20th last week in the Coaches’ Poll before moving back up to No. 18 this week.
The men appeared in the poll for the first time since the 2019 final rankings. After receiving votes for the first two polls of the season, the Seminoles have stayed at No. 29 in weeks two and three.
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