TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Bright and early Friday morning around 400 collegiate cross country runners took over Apalachee Regional Park for the FSU Invitational.
The men were up first with Gabe Curtis and Paul Stafford leading the way for the Noles.
Curtis finishing third and Stafford fourth. The Seminole men finishing third overall.
The ladies were up next and, here's a fun stat, there were six former Chiles athletes running on Friday, including four for Florida State.
Alyson Churchill, a Seminole freshman coming in fifth and helping lead the Noles to the top finish for the ladies.
"It was really cool I think for our whole team," said Churchill. "Obviously it's nice to be running on our home course, so I think that made it a little more special."
"Not knowing if the season was going to happen or not we kind of were very cautious and took it slow," said Kelly Phillips, the women's cross country coach at Florida State. "I think they're healthy and ready for some more. We just really started getting after some workouts."
On Saturday over 150 local high school runners will take part in the Pre-State meet.