Fort Myers, Fla. - The Florida Gulf Coast University men's and women's cross country teams head to Tallahassee, Fla., on Saturday for a tough competition at the Florida State Invitational.
Collegiate and high school cross country teams from around the region will travel to Tallahassee this weekend for the annual Florida State Invitational, hosted by the Seminoles' men's and women's cross country teams.
Formatted as a six-race event, the FSU Invite will kick off at 7:30am Saturday morning with the men's collegiate 8k race. Women's collegiate 5k competition will follow at 8:10 am. The high school boys' 5k will begin at 8:40 am and high school girls' 5k at 9:10 am. Men's and women's 5k open races will close out the event.
Last Time Out (Men)
The Florida Gulf Coast University men’s cross-country team opened the season in the Mountain Dew/Gator Invitational on Friday night. The Eagles finished 12th of 16. The Eagles team score of 372 placed the team in 12th in the season opener. The host (Florida) took the event with a team score of 15.
Ismael Garcia (Naples, Fla.) paced the squad with a 99th place finish and time of 29:13.16. Kyle Brunette was the next Eagle to cross the finish line with a time of 29:30.22 on the 8K course. Dustin Kapper (Seminole, Fla.) finished with a mark of 29:38.04 as the third FGCU runner to cross the line. Richard Black (Taymier, Fla.) and Greg Moore (Hudson, Fla.) rounded out the scoring with times of 29:50.79 and 31:26.92 respectively.
Last Time Out (Women)
The Florida Gulf Coast University women's cross-country team opened the season in the Mountain Dew/Gator Invitational on Friday night. The team finished seventh of 19.
Megan Thies (Brandon, Fla.), a freshman, led the Eagles in her first competition. Thies placed 38th with a time of 20:04.35. Classmate Angela Hegge (Odessa, Fla.) followed with a mark of 20:08.54 and came in 42nd in the race. Cadie Sly (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Taylor Cooke (Homosassa, Fla.), also a freshman, finished 46th and 47th with times of 20:16.64 and 20:18.30 respectively. Kim Gallagher (Naples, Fla.) rounded the scoring runners with a mark of 21:41.62.
The Eagles finished with a team score of 221 while the host (Florida) won the event with a team score of 19.