FORT MYERS, Fla. – Osman Humeida, the fastest recruit to ever join the Eagles cross country program, has officially signed on with the FGCU men’s cross country team as announced by head coach Cassandra Goodson Thursday afternoon.
“Obviously we are thrilled to be able to attract elite athletes like Osman,” said Goodson. “His time is 15 seconds faster than our current school record. But it was his intangibles that really got us excited about him. He was transparent, mature, and positive during the recruiting process. I’m looking forward to him contributing right away to our team!”
Humeida (South Riding, Va./Freedom High School) utilized a redshirt his freshman year in 2017 while competing unattached before going on to run the next few seasons with the Hokies. In the 2020 ACC Championships, the South Riding, Va., native etched a career-best 8k time of 24:17.2. That time as of now would be first in the FGCU record book by 15 seconds.
On the track & field side, Humeida competed in both indoor and outdoor events. At the 2020 Hokie Invitational, he ran a personal best time of 4:17.14 in the mile. Meanwhile, his career-best indoor 5k time clocks in at 14:44.48 (2019, Camel City Invitational).
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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 13+ 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 23 consecutive semesters. The 2019 Fall, 2020 Spring, and 2020 Fall semesters each saw another milestone reached as all 15 programs achieved a 3.0-or-higher team GPA. 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.