Quinones Wins 800-Meter Run in School Record Time at Sunshine State Invitational

Quinones Wins 800-Meter Run in School Record Time at Sunshine State Invitational

DAYTONA BEACH - The Florida Southern men's track team competed in five events here Saturday at the Sunshine State Invitational hosted by Embry-Riddle and held at the ERAU Track Stadium. 

At Saturday's meet, which featured the five schools that compete in track in the Sunshine State Conference, the Moccasins scored a total of 21 points to finish in fifth place overall. Embry-Riddle won the event with 247 points, while Florida Tech was second with 83 points. 

The Mocs had runners compete in the 200-meter, 400-meter, 800-meter, 1,500-meter and 5,000-meter races.  

Junior Evan Quinones (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) just missed out on a provisional qualifying time in the 800 meters here Saturday evening as came in first place in the event at the Florida Division II Intercollegiate Invitational with a school record time of 1:52.38 at the ERAU Track Stadium. Quinones' time, which bettered the school record of 1:54.53 at UT's Ryan McCall Invitational, was just five-tenths of a second off the Division II's provisional time.

It is the second event Quinones, who scored 10 points to win the 800-meter run on Saturday, has run an NCAA provisional qualifying time this season as he ran a provisional qualifying time in the 1,500 meter run at both the UNF Spring Break Invitational and at the UF Pepsi Relays on April 2. Additionally, it is the third school record set by Quinones this season as he set new marks in both the 1,500-meter and mile races this season. 

Along with Quinones, freshman Dean McGregor (Fort Myers, Fla.) scored one point after finishing eighth place with a time of 2:01.88 and senior Jose Perez (Haines City, Fla.) placed 12th with a time of 2:03.37. 

Junior Anthony Pollizzi (Fort Myers, Fla.) had a strong showing in the 5,000-meter run as he placed sixth overall with a time of 15:26.82. In addition to Pollizzi, freshman Everett Wagner (Key West, Fla.) was 11th with a time of 16:08.34, while freshman Casey Brady (Lakeland, Fla.) was 14th with a time of 16:19.59 and sophomore Oswaldo Zapata (Haines City, Fla.) ran a time of 18:19.13 to finish 21st.

The Mocs had two competitors run in the 1,500-meter run as Perez was the Mocs best finisher as he ran a time of 4:08.79 to finish seventh and score two points. McGregor was the other competitor and he ran a time of 4:13.08 to place ninth overall. 

FSC's final runner on Saturday was senior Cameron Andrews (Ocala, Fla.) as he placed seventh in the 400-meter run with a time of 56.11 and he ran a time of 25.26 to finish 11th in the 200-meter run. 

The Mocs will send McGregor, Pollizzi, Perez and Quinones to compete in the 5,000-meter, 10,000-meter and 1,500-meter runs respectively at next weekend's Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta, Ga. The meet is scheduled to begin on Friday, April 22 and conclude on Saturday, April 23.