Sept. 30, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. − The Florida State men’s and women’s cross country teams are each ranked nationally as well as regionally in this week’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Top 30 polls, which were announced earlier today (Sept. 30).
The women’s program, which has won a pair of early season meets so far this year, is ranked third nationwide in the weekly coaches’ poll. In the organization’s regional rankings, the Seminole women’s cross country team is ranked No. 1 in the South.
“We haven’t raced our ‘A’ team yet, which means we haven’t gone out on the course and really laid it all out on the line,” women’s cross country head coach Karen Harvey said. “It’s nice to still be near the top of the national rankings. I am very confident that this team will be as good, if not better, than last year’s team that finished third nationally.”
The men’s squad is ranked 26th nationally in the first regular season poll. The Seminoles are listed third in the South Region.
“Right now we are probably ranked right about where we should be at this time of the year,” head men’s cross country coach Bob Braman said. “With us not running our top athletes to this point in a highly competitive race; and despite winning the Virginia Tech Invite, which was run at an odd distance, our team is a bit of an unknown at this point. With the Notre Dame Invitational coming up this weekend and then Pre-Nationals two weeks after that, we are going to get the chance to earn our national ranking by lining up against some of the best competition in the nation.”
Florida State is one of just two Atlantic Coast Conference schools (NC State the other) to feature both its men’s and women’s cross country teams ranked 26th or higher nationally in the first weekly coaches’ poll.
Oregon is still the No. 1 selection in both the men’s and women’s polls.
The Seminoles face their first tough test of the season this Friday evening (Oct. 3) when they travel to the Notre Dame Invitational, which will once again be one of the nation’s premier cross country meets of the entire season. The women will race at 4:15 p.m. (ET) while the men compete at 5:00. The Men’s Blue Division race will feature 11 teams that are either nationally-ranked or receiving votes while the Women’s Blue Division race will feature 16 such teams.
Complete Women's National Rankings Can Be Found Here
Complete Men's National Rankings Can Be Found Here