Jones Places Fourth as Men's Cross Country Finishes as Runner-Up at SSC Championship

Jones Places Fourth as Men's Cross Country Finishes as Runner-Up at SSC Championship

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - Behind three top ten individual finishes, the Florida Southern men's cross country team finished second at the Sunshine State Conference Championship held here Saturday on the campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The Eagles had runners take the top three spots as Embry-Riddle won their first league title with 26 points, 22 more than the Moccasins (48 points) and 51 more than third place Saint Leo (77 points).

Race time temperature was 55 degrees.

Embry-Riddle's Shaun Bullock won the individual title with a time of 25:24.00 while teammates Lelei Too and Calahan Warren finished second and third with times of 25:40.94 and 25:41.25, respectively. Bullock eclipsed the previous record time of 24:24.79 set by Saint Leo's Ronald Cheserek in 2016.

Sophomore Mason Jones finished in fourth place for the Moccasins with a 25:58.20 while fellow sophomore Josh Wagner came in sixth at 26:03.93 and senior Dean McGregor finished seventh at 26:05.59. All three earned a spot on the SSC All-Championship team.

Sophomore Mitchell Kozik came in 13th for Florida Southern with a 26:22.04 to earn a spot on the All-SSC 2nd team. Junior Warran Grajalez placed 18th at 26:32.42 while freshman Michael Balseca turned in a 26:56.59 to finish in 23rd place. Sophomore Brian Martin was the final Moccasin counter, placing 54th with a time of 28:04.30. 

Rounding out the Moccasin contingent were Thomas Gardner (64th, 28:54.05) and junior Brandon Williams (70th, 29:26.43).

Kozik, Balseca, and Martin all posted personal-best times.

This is the eighth time the Moccasins have finished as SSC runner-up. Florida Southern has also won 17 league titles and has now placed first or second in 23 of the last 24 seasons.

The Moccasins will have a week off before the NCAA South Region Championships on Nov. 17 at Lakeland's Holloway Park and Nature Preserve. Florida Southern is the host institution.