Oct. 10, 2010

 

Courtesy of Florida State Athletics

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -
The beautiful Apalachee Regional Park was the setting for the Florida State cross country program's lone home meet of the season Friday night.

The 2010 FSU Invitational brought some talented college programs to Tallahassee for a women's 5k and men's 8k race.

In the men's 8k, redshirt senior Justin Harbor led the Seminoles with a fourth-place finish thanks to a time of 25:01.

Redshirt junior Nicholas Maedel also had a terrific evening as he set a new personal record with a time of 25:12. Maedel's time broke his previous best of 25:13 and earned him a 10th-place finish. Closely trailing Maedel were his teammates as six FSU runners finished in the next seven spots.

"I think it was a very good night and we did what we set out to do," FSU men's coach Bob Braman said. "Several of our B-team guys set new season highs or personal records. And the top guys got some good training."

Like the men's squad, women's coach Karen Harvey wanted to utilize the home meet to get some extra training in while also running all of her top girls.

In the women's event, two Seminoles finished in the top 10. senior Andrea Palen's time of 17:59 earned her a ninth-place finish while teammate Emily Ness came in 10th with a 18:05 mark

Next up for the 'Noles is a trip to Charlotte, NC for Royal Cross Challenge on Oct. 15.

FSU then heads to Terra Haute, Ind. for Pre-Nationals the week after.