Cross country preview: Women’s team loaded with veterans

Preseason polls: The FSU women are picked second in the ACC coaches’ poll, while the FSU men are picked to finish sixth.

Season opener: FSU will open at Florida on Sept. 18 in the Mountain Dew Invite. The men’s 8K is set for 7:55 a.m., while the women’s 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Mark Bostick Golf Course.

Meet schedules: After the UF meet, the Seminoles will host the FSU XC Invitational on Oct. 2 at the Apalachee Regional Park. Coach Bob Braman says the meet will feature five ACC schools and seven SEC schools. FSU will also run at the Alabama Invitational on Oct. 16 and then the ACC Championships on Oct. 30 in Cary, N.C.

Top women’s runners: FSU returns five All-South Region selections in Rebecca Clark (22nd-place finish at Apalachee Regional Park in a 6k personal-best 20:42.6), Elizabeth Funderburk (a career-best sixth at the NCAA South Region Championships, posting a 6K personal best on her home course in 20:26.2), Jodie Judd (first collegiate cross country victory at the Blazer Classic, winning the 6k race in 20:36.1), Lauren Ryan (led the Seminoles to a runner-up finish at the ACC Championships with a team-leading sixth-place finish in the 6K of 21:00.9) and Maudie Skyring (top FSU finisher twice and among top three in six meets).

Top women’s newcomers: Alyson Churchill, Kate Tugman and Caitlin Wilkey

Top men’s runners: FSU returns two-time All-South Region runner Caleb Potteroff (15th-place overall finish in region meet in 30:46.4), Paul Stafford (a top-three finisher on the team in four of six meets) and Silas Griffith (was FSU’s No. 3 runner at Under Armour Pre-Nationals with a 24:30.5 in the 8K).

Top men’s newcomers: Zach Leachman and Anderson Denton

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