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FSU women poised for podium finish at NCAAs

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The Florida State women’s cross country team was happy to be making the trip to the NCAA Championships in 2018.

And now a veteran team has its sights set on a top-10 team finish.

“We’re going in with a lot higher expectations than we had last year,” FSU senior Megan Mooney said. “This year we have the potential to be a top-10 team and we’ve all been working toward that for the whole year.”

FSU will bring one of the nation’s deepest women’s cross country teams to the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Saturday at 11:15 a.m. The Seminoles had six runners take all-region honors, led by Maudie Skyring (fourth), Elizabeth Funderburk (sixth) and Addi Coggins (seventh).

It’s a team that has pushed itself and has seen various runners finish highest in prior meets this season.

“They have been so consistent even though no one has been No. 1 twice,” coach Kelly Phillips said. “The top 5 continues to change.”

That is a positive, Phillips said. The competition within the team pushes the runners to deliver at their best. While different runners take the top spot for the Seminoles, the results have been very consistent as the Seminoles have finished in the top 3 in six regular-season events before taking second place in the ACC Championships and then winning the region.

“In their mind, they want to be on the podium, which is top 8,” Phillips said of the Seminoles’ desired team finish. “So that’s what they’re set to do. They have a constant inner-team battle that they always joke about of who’s going to be No. 1 and who’s going to kick whose butt. It’s really kind of fun.”

The FSU men have also earned an at-large berth and will run on Saturday at 12:15 p.m. FSU was one of the final teams to claim a spot, paced by all-South Region runners Caleb Pottorff (15th) and Steven Cross (25th).

“We had a great year, we didn’t have our best region meet,” coach Bob Braman said. “We kind of thought our goose was cooked there. Fortunately our regular season really put us in the position to survive the cut.”

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