Sept. 18, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Perfect scores are rare in collegiate cross country, especially within the NCAA Division I ranks, which might well explain why the Florida State women's team climbed another notch to No. 2 in this week's national coaches' poll conducted by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Coach Karen Harvey's Seminole women grabbed the top seven spots at Friday's Virginia Tech Invitational/Pre-ACC meet in Blacksburg, Va., easily outdistancing a field of eight other opponents. FSU's 15-point total - the lowest possible score in the sport - was significantly in front of Atlantic Coast Conference opponents Georgia Tech and Wake Forest, which finished second and third with 76 and 77 points, respectively.
Beyond the 1-7 sweep, Seminole women runners claimed 10 of the top 15 finishing spots in the 85-athlete field.
The dominant performance vaulted the Seminole women past Oregon. FSU, which checked in at No. 4 in the preseason poll, now trails only top-ranked Washington. Defending national champion Georgetown, and fast-climbing Iowa State, round out the top five.
Florida State men's coach Bob Braman saw his team hold firm at the No. 10 position in the rankings for the third consecutive poll, despite its own lopsided team win at the Virginia Tech Invitational. The Seminoles seized the first three spots to secure the team victory, and placed three more in the top nine for a 19-point total. Wake Forest was a distant second with 72 points, while host Virginia Tech was third with 75.
Defending national champion Wisconsin retained the top spot in the poll, followed by Oklahoma State, BYU, Oklahoma and top-five newcomer, Portland. Colorado, Texas, Iona and Stanford hold down spots 6-9, just in front of the Seminoles.
The Florida State men's and women's teams - both of whom are ranked No. 1 in NCAA South Region - will take this weekend off before heading to South Bend, Ind. for the Notre Dame Invitational on Sept. 28 in the first major meet of the season.
Seddon claims ACC Performer of the Week honors
Florida State freshman Zak Seddon, who won the Virginia Tech Invitational/Pre-ACC meet title in his collegiate debut, has been selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Performer of the Week. Seddon, from Reading, Surrey, Great Britain, cover the rolling 6-kilometer course in 25:08.53 to edge teammate Jakub Zivec for top honors.