FSU cross country to open season Sept. 3

The Florida State cross country teams are set to embark on a historic season, as the schedule for 2021 was announced. The slate will feature five regular season races, including two on FSU’s home course, the Apalachee Regional Park (ARP). 

The pinnacle of the schedule will be on Nov. 20 as Florida State will host the 2021 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships.

The meet will feature 255 runners in each of the men’s and women’s races, comprised of 31 teams and 38 individual student-athletes. The NCAA selected the host site on April 18, 2017, bringing the meet to the state of Florida for the first time.

It is just the second DI NCAA National Championship hosted by FSU and the first since the 1996 women’s tennis national championships. FSU served as host of the AIAW Women’s National Cross Country Championships at Seminole Golf Course in 1979 – the only previous collegiate national championship meet for either the men’s or women’s cross country and track & field programs.

“I’m really excited about our schedule,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “We have two great home meets, including Pre-Nationals that will bring the best teams in the country to ARP. The crown jewel, of course, is hosting the National Championships. It’s just an amazing schedule that is as good as it gets in our sport.”

The Seminoles will start the year off at the Covered Bridge Open in Boone, N.C., which will be hosted by Appalachian State on Sept. 3. 

FSU will return to Tallahassee to host the FSU Open before the teams travel to separate locations between the Notre Dame Invite on Oct. 1 and the Alexander/Asics Invite on Oct. 2 in Fairburn, Ga. 

Florida State will return home to host the FSU Invite/Pre-Nationals meet before heading to the ACC Championships back at Notre Dame on Oct. 29. 

NCAA Regionals will be held in Florence, Ala. on Nov. 12 and the qualified teams and individuals will compete at the NCAA Championships at the ARP on Nov. 20.