16 Sep Cross Country Back in Action on Friday Morning at FSU Open
FORT MYERS, Fla. – After two weeks off since its last competition, the FGCU men’s and women’s cross country teams will return to action on Friday morning as the Eagles head to the FSU Open at the Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee.
The men’s 8K race will begin at 7:40 AM, while the women’s 6K race will start at 8:10 AM. Live results will be available and admission is free to all.
The meet will feature 25 teams on the men’s side and 28 on the women’s side. Defending national champion and No. 1 ranked BYU headlines the women’s field, followed by No. 3 Stanford and No. 19 Florida State. The men’s race features No. 5 Stanford, No. 20 Furman, and No. 25 Southern Utah.
Both FGCU teams are coming off the season-opener FAU Invitational back on Sept. 1.
The men’s team placed second overall as Osman Humeida won his first individual title with the Green and Blue after transferring to Fort Myers from Virginia Tech. Four other Eagles placed in the top-20 with Bradyn Ricca placing sixth and Austin Redondo taking seventh.
On the women’s side, the Eagles placed fifth as a team with Karley Piers taking fourth individually in her first collegiate race. Her time of 18 minutes, 39.1 seconds in the 5K race marked the second-fastest freshman time in program history for the event. Mary MCCullough finished 23rd with a personal-best 5K performance while Reilly Ritter and Blake Petrick also placed 29th and 30th, respectively.
FSU Open Participants
|Auburn (women only)|
|Brigham Young (women only)|
|Central Georgia Tech|
|Charleston Southern (men only)|
|Florida A&M (women only)|
|Nova Southeastern (women only)|
|Palm Beach Atlantic|
|Pasco-Hernando State (women only)|
|Stetson (women only)|
|West Florida (women only)|
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FGCU is led by Cassandra Goodson, whose 13 seasons at the helm have taken the Eagles from their humble beginnings to a competitive D-I program, highlighted by eight trips to the NCAA South Regional Championship. Every mark in the FGCU all-time record book has been etched during the Goodson era, as she has coached 22 ASUN All-Conference selections, the 2013 Female Conference Runner of the Year and three members of the NCAA South All-Region Team.
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FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 85 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 14+ seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just nine seasons of D-I postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a combined 42 teams or individuals compete in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs have earned a top-25 national ranking in their respective sport – including women’s basketball (No. 21, 2020-21), beach volleyball (No. 20, 2021) and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer (2018) as three of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Green and Blue posted a department-best sixth-place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top-100 showing nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and state of Florida best seven teams earn the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for their Academic Progress Rate in their sport. FGCU also collectively earned a record 3.50 GPA in the classroom in the fall 2020 semester and has outperformed the general University undergraduate population for 24 consecutive semesters. The 2019 Fall, 2020 Spring, 2020 Fall, and 2021 Spring semesters each saw another milestone reached as all 15 programs achieved a 3.0-or-higher team GPA in each. The Eagles also served an all-time high 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two runners-up for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.
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