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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s cross country teams kick off the postseason Friday by competing in the 2022 ACC Championships at the Panorama Farms course in Earlysville, Virginia. The host is the University of Virginia.
The men’s 8K will start at 10:40am, followed by the women’s 6K at 11:30am. Both races will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra and live timing will be available. Coverage begins at 10:30 a.m
Both races on Friday will feature 13 teams that have a national ranking or received votes in the latest USTFCCCA poll.
No. 6/6 Notre Dame
No. 8/NR Wachwald
No. 12/1 NC condition
No. 16/15 Syracuse
No. 18/8 North Carolina
No. 29/NR Duke
NR/RV State of Florida
The FSU men will look to capitalize on a talented field on Friday.
“The ACCs are starting the championship season and we need to start it off with some quality wins,” said FSU head coach Bob Braman. “Training has been great all season, but we just didn’t ride well in big competitions. There are six teams that are in the top 25 nationally, so it will be a battle.”
Fearghal Curtin, two-time ACC Performer of the Week, is expected to be at the top and in contention for a singles title just a year after Adriaan Wildschutt won gold ahead of Ahmed Muhumed, who won bronze.
The women’s team, who received votes after finishing 24th in the most recent USTFCCCA poll in Week 5, will be looking to rebound from their performance at the Nuttycombe Invite, where the Noles picked up back-to-back ranked wins over No. 23 Utah State and No. 30 Harvard .
“We recovered very well from our race in Wisconsin with a great block of practice and look forward to starting the championship season,” said FSU women’s endurance coach Baylee Mires. “Our wives have never ridden this course, so it will be a fun adventure. We have our eyes on a decent finish in the top 21.”
last time out
The teams split into two meetings, with the top runners competing at the Nuttycombe Invite in Madison, Wisconsin on October 14.
The women placed 24th and were one of 28 teams rated or received votes. Alyson Churchill picked up the pace with the Noles and crossed the finish line in 51st with a time of 20:33.0, which was her personal best.
Curtin led the men’s team and finished 54th with a time of 23:48.4. As a team, the men finished 30th.
The Seminoles also competed in the Crimson Classic in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and placed ninth in the men’s 8 km and eighth in the women’s 6 km. The men’s team was led by Matthew Newland, who crossed the finish line in 25:01.1, and the women’s leader was Marit Griep in 31st with 21:20.4.
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