NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Florida State RV/RV Cross Country Teams competed in the historic Joe Piane Invitational Friday morning at Notre Dame Golf Course.
Running in ideal conditions, the women’s team finished in fifth place with a total of 175 points, just behind four top-10 teams which included No. 1 NC State (55), No. 3 New Mexico (68), No. 10 Alabama (70) and No. 8 Notre Dame (146).
The Seminoles finished ahead of Oregon State’s No. 27 (256) and every other team that received votes in week three of the USTFCCCA poll.
“The ladies absolutely showed up to compete today,” said FSU women’s distance coach Baylee Mires. “Finishing fifth in this competition with so many top contenders in the country is an amazing place to be. I’m really excited about the momentum we’re building as a group and can’t wait to compete again in two weeks in Wisconsin.
Eight of the nine Noles who ran set personal bests over the 5km distance, led by Emmy Van den Berg, who crossed the line in 17e up at 16:24.7. Alyson Churchill followed close behind in 22nd (16:33.9) and Agnes McTighe took 35th at 16:49.2.
Yasmine Abbes finished 51st (17:05.5) and Caitlin Wilkey followed in 53rd (17:07.0) to complete the score of five. Rebecca Pottorff (17:14.8) and Rebecca Bergnes (17:15.5) were included in FSU’s top seven, finishing in 68th and 69th places.
Churchill, McTighe, Pottorff and Riley Bahr (17:31.8) all posted their best times on the Notre Dame 5K golf course.
Fearghal Curtin continued to shine, leading the Noles in the men’s 5-mile race at 23:24.7 for fifth place.
Curtin started the race in the lead pack and trailed the top runners throughout the 5-mile race.
Zach Leachman clocked his fastest 5-mile race time, finishing in 49th place (24:11.5) followed by Cooper Schroeder in 59th (24:16.0), who also clocked his fastest time.
Paul Stafford (24:21.3) finished in 65e place and Zach Cloud completed the score five in 89th at 24:34.36.
As a team, the Seminoles finished in 11e place with a score of 267 points.
“It was tough for our guys,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “Jacob (Holmes) was knocked down and Gabe (Curtis) lost a shoe, all in the first third of the race. Fearghal was truly outstanding today. This performance was for him one of the 10 best national performances. As a team, we need to learn from this experience and be on our game in Wisconsin.
FSU will return to Tallahassee to host the FSU Invitational on October 7 at Apalachee Regional Park before heading to Madison, Wisconsin for the Nuttycombe Invitational on October 14.
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