DAYTONA BEACH, FL - Paced by the sophomore duo of Hannah Flemming and Addison Cantor, the Florida Southern women's cross country team placed fourth at the Sunshine State Conference Championships held here Saturday on the campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The University of Tampa claimed top team honors with 53 points, edging out Embry-Riddle, which had the top two individuals, by three points. Saint Leo came in third with 71 points, narrowly beating FSC's team score of 78 points.
The temperature at the start of the race was 57 degrees.
Embry-Riddle's Sarah Edens won the 6K race with a time of 21:52.71 while teammate Kristen Metcalfe came in second at 22:08.37. Flemming and Cantor followed with times of 22:13.73 and 22.15.76, respectively, as the women's race was 1,000 meters longer than the regular season distance of 5K.
The third and fourth place finishes by Flemming and Cantor gave them a spot on the All-Championship team and are the highest finishes for any Moccasin since Carolyne Kwambai took second place in 2008. Flemming's time shaved almost 29 seconds off her previous best time in a 6K while this was Cantor's first collegiate race over that distance.
Junior Hannah Nelson was the next Moccasin runner, taking 21st place at 23:32.10 while freshman Sarah Zamot took 23rd place at 23:33.92. Senior Jolene Vergauwen turned in a 23:48.11 to finish in 29th place while red-shirt junior Ysabella Guerra and senior Alexa Guerra came in 33rd and 35th, respectively with times of 23:58.82 and 24:06.67.
The Moccasins ran without services of freshman Alayna Goll who missed the meet due to an injury.
Florida Southern will have a week off before the NCAA South Region Championships on Nov. 17 at Lakeland's Holloway Park and Nature Preserve. The Moccasins are the is hosts for the event.