LAKELAND, FL - Sophomore Mason Jones turned in a time of 31:58.63 to finish in fifth place to lead Florida Southern to a third-place showing at the NCAA South Regional Championship held here Saturday morning at the Holloway Park and Nature Preserve. With the third-place finish, the Moccasins earn a trip to the NCAA National Championship on Dec. 1 in Pittsburgh, PA. This marks the 10th time FSC has placed in the top three at regionals and will mark the 10th trip to the national meet.
Race time temperature was 53 degrees.
Embry-Riddle took top team honors with 48 points while Lee (TN) came in second with 67 points behind individual winner Christian Noble's time of 31:19.17. The Moccasins were third with 99 points while Alabama-Huntsville (108 points) and Mississippi College (122 pts.) rounded out the top five teams.
Jones' time of 31:58.63 is the second best time for any Moccasin in an NCAA regional and is the fastest since Eric Walker's record-setting time of 31:47 at the 2006 regional meet. Overall, Jones' mark in the fourth fastest 10 in Florida Southern history. His fifth place finish is the highest for any Moccasin since Bobby Ormsby came in third at the 2014 regional championship.
Sophomore Josh Wagner took 15th place for Florida Southern with a 32:40.66 mark while junior Warran Grajalez (32:57.58 - personal best) and senior Dean McGregor (32:57.94) finished 26th and 27th, respectively.