DAYTONA BEACH - Sophomore Robert Ormsby gave Florida Southern an individual event win here Saturday as the Fort Myers native won first place honors in the 3,000-meter run at the Embry-Riddle Last Chance Invitational held at the ERAU Track & Field Complex.
Ormsby, who also won the same event as a freshman last season, ran a school record time of 8:28.32 to finish 14 seconds in front of the second place finisher, Jacob Alplund of Northwood (Fla.) University. Ormsby's time bettered the old school record set in 2010 by current Moccasin head coach Ben Martucci, as he ran a time of 8:42.95 in the 3,000-meter run.
"Bobby really ran well. In fact, our whole team did a good job today as many of our runners set PRs in the race," Martucci said.
For the event, the Moccasins had two runners finish in the Top 6 and four finish in the Top 12 of the event that featured 34 runners.
In addition to Ormsby, junior Jose Perez (Haines City, Fla.) placed sixth with a personal best 3,000-meter time of 9:04.00, while sophomore Cody Van Natter (Spring Hill, Fla.) recorded a PR time of 9:06.48 to finish ninth and senior Kyle Butler (Melbourne, Fla.) ran a time of 9:08.36 to finish 12th overall.
FSC had five other runners competing in the 3,000-meter run on Saturday as the other finishers included senior Logan Selzer (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) recording a PR of 9:27.58 to finish in 17th place, while freshman John Bryant (Valrico, Fla.) recorded a PR of 9:32.43 to finish 19th and senior Andrew Coull (Royersford, Pa.) ran a PR time of 9:52.31 to finish 24th. Sophomore Pedro Cuervo (Lakeland, Fla.) placed 25th with a PR time of 9:54.66 and freshman Oswaldo Zapata (Haines City, Fla.) placed 29th with a career-best time of 10:12.25.
The Mocs will continue its track season on March 12-13 as they compete at the University of South Florida Invitational in Tampa.