Mocs Open Track Season at Embry-Riddle Indoor/Outdoor Challenge

Mocs Open Track Season at Embry-Riddle Indoor/Outdoor Challenge

DAYTONA BEACH - Florida Southern opened its 2016 spring track schedule here Saturday by competing in all five of the distance events at the Embry-Riddle Indoor/Outdoor Challenge held at the ERAU Track and Field Complex.

At the meet, which featured 26 women's teams, the Moccasins scored a total of eight points to finish in a tie for 19th place. FSC had a runner score in three of the five distance events they competed in.

Freshman Kassidy Watkins (Wichita, Kan.) was the Mocs top scorer and top finisher on the day as she ran a time of 5:47.70 to finish in fourth place in the 1-mile run. Watkins' time in the mile is the fourth fastest in school history.

In addition to running the mile, Watkins was also 12th in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:41.06. Freshman Hannah Nelson (Frankfort, Ill.) was the top finisher for the Mocs in the 800-meter run as she ran a time of 2:39.85 and she also placed 13th in the 3,000-meter run (11:42.81). 

Freshman Haley Blem (Englewood, Fla.) scored two points in the 1,000-meter run as she ran a time of 3:33.59 to finish in seventh place. Blem also finished 16th in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:45.19.

FSC's final point scorer on Saturday was junior Molly Price (Miami, Fla.) as she finished eighth in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 19:38.22. Freshman Amanda Slattery (Tampa, Fla.) finished right behind Price in the 5,000-meter run as she was ninth with a time of 19:51.14.

The Mocs had seven competitors in the 3,000-meter run and had four runners compete in the 1-mile run.

In the 3,000-meter run, the top finisher for the Mocs was freshman Jolene Vergauwen (Longwood, Fla.) as she ran a time of 11:37.66 to place 12th, while junior Emilie Flament (Orlando, Fla.) finished 15th with a time of 12:09.24. Sophomore Sarah Swallow (Palm Harbor, Fla.) was 18th with a time of 12:21.87, while senior Ashley Dudman (Geneva, Ill.) placed 19th (12:31.28), junior Julie Roggeman (Valrico, Fla.) was 20th (12:32.55) and senior Rebecca Levy (Mahopac, N.Y.)  was 21st (12:36.24). 

Along with Watkins in the 1-mile run, Vergauwen was 11th with a time of 6:05.44, which is the sixth fastest time in school history. Freshman Summer Hepp (Centennial, Colo.) was 18th (6:26.50) and freshman Ryann Cale (Valrico, Fla.) placed 21st with a time of 6:36.59.

Embry-Riddle was the top finishing team on the women's side as they scored 176 points, while Webber International was a distant second as they scored 49.50 points. 

Florida Southern will return to action on Feb. 20 as they will send some runners to compete at the Gasparilla Distance Classic in Tampa and also send competitors to the Embry-Riddle Last Chance Invitational.