DAYTONA BEACH - Evan Quinones won the men's mile race and set a pair of school records in helping Florida Southern to a seventh-place finish at the Embry-Riddle Last Chance here Saturday at the ERAU Track Stadium. The Moccasins totalled 27 points to place seventh of 17 teams.
Quinones first a new standard in the mile, turning in a winning time of 4:18.18 to break the old school record time of 4:28.09 set by Jason Patchett-Gillis in 2010. In the same race, John Bryant placed fourth with a time of 4:36.29 which is now the third fastest time in program history.
Quinones' second school-record breaking performance came in the 800-meter race as the senior runner crossed the finish in third place in 1:56.01, topping the previous record set by current FSC track head coach Ben Martucci, who turned in a time of 1:58.10 in 2009. Bryant came in 12th in the 800 with a time of 2:03.78 while Zach Hall placed 17th with a 2:07.10 time.
Jose Perez missed out on posting Florida Southern's second win in the meet, placing second in the 5000-meter race with a time of 15:24.91, some 1.83 behind the winner - Matt Graves of the host Eagles who crossed the finish line first with 15:23.08 time.
Four Moccasins competed in the 3,000 meter race with freshman Dean McGregor being the top Florida Southern finisher with a 9:00.81 time to take 7th place. Christian Beauchemin was the next FSC finisher, coming across the finish line in 11th place with a time of 9:18.21 while Casey Brady was 12th with a 9:25.36 time. Rounding out the quartet was Oswaldo Zapata who placed 24th with a 10:15.28 time.
Florida Southern will run next at the UT Invitational at the University of Tampa on Friday, March 4.