DAYTONA BEACH - Florida Southern opened its spring track season here Saturday by scoring a total of 17 points in two events to finish in eighth place out of 23 teams at the Embry-Riddle Indoor/Outdoor Challenge held at the ERAU Track and Field Complex.
At Saturday's season opening event, the Moccasins competed in both the 1,000-meter and 3,000-meter runs.
FSC had its most success in the 3,000-meter run as they had three of the Top 8 finishers in the event led by freshman Dean McGregor (Fort Myers, Fla.), who ran a time of 9:15.50 to finish fourth overall. Unattached runner Matt Crowe was the event's top finisher as he ran a time of 8:41.97.
In addition to McGregor, senior Jose Perez (Haines City, Fla.) scored four points as he placed sixth with a time of 9:16.33 and the final point scorer in the 3,000-meter run was junior Cody Van Natter (Spring Hill, Fla.) as he was sixth with a time of 9:24.96.
Four other Mocs competed in the 3,000-meter run as sophomore Christian Beauchemin (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) was 11th with a time of 9:42.70, while junior Pedro Cuervo (Lakeland, Fla.) was 12th with a time of 9:43.71, freshman Casey Brady (Lakeland, Fla.) placed 13th with a time of 9:53.55 and sophomore Jesse Hudson (Buford, Ga.) was 18th with a time of 10:54.88.
Junior Evan Quinones (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) also scored five points for the Mocs on Saturday as he placed fourth overall in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:37.56. His 1,000-meter time is the second fastest in school history as only Jason Patchett-Gillis ran a faster 1,000-meter time (2:35.27) in 2009.
Armando Del Valle, who was running unattached, was the top finisher in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:32.30.
Along with Quinones, two other Mocs finished in the Top 10 of the 1,000-meter run as senior Zach Hall (Weeki Wachee, Fla.) was ninth with a time of 2:47.21 and sophomore John Bryant (Valrico, Fla.) was 10th with a time of 2:48.12. Both Hall and Bryant's times are sixth and seventh fastest 1,000-meter times in school history respectively.
The Mocs will return to action in a little less than a month as they will send some runners to compete at both the Gasparilla Distance Classic in Tampa and the Embry-Riddle Last Chance Invitational on Feb. 20.