Pair of Hannahs Lead Mocs at ERAU Challenge

Hannah Nelson paced the Mocs in the 5000-meter run
Hannah Nelson paced the Mocs in the 5000-meter run

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - Hannah Flemming set an FSC freshman record in the mile and Hannah Nelson paced the Moccasins in the 5000-meter as Florida Southern opened its 2018 season at the Embry-Riddle Indoor/Outdoor Challenge here Saturday.

In the mile, Flemming turned in the fastest time for a Moccasins freshman when she took seventh place with a 5:31.62 time. The time is over 13 seconds faster the previous mark of 5:45.00 set by Allison Wright on Feb. 18, 2017, at the Embry-Riddle Last Chance Meet. Flemming's time is the second-fastest time in program history, topped only by Carolyne Kwambai who turned in a 5:27.61 at the Embry-Riddle Last Chance Meet on Feb. 20, 2010.

Nine Moccasins ran in the 5000-meter run with six runners placed in the top nine. Nelson led Florida Southern, placing third in the event with a time of 18:48.19 (7th fastest time in Moccasin history) while junior Aleksa Guerra took fifth place at 19:14.72. Following Guerra were freshmen Stephanie Hansen (6th, 19:16.28) and Mercedes Mendoza (7th, 19:27.20); sophomores Anna Brook Opalinski (8th, 19:32.07) and Ysabella Guerra (9th, 19:35.83).

Rounding out the group in the 5000-meter were freshmen Amber Winton (14th, 20:36.43), Madison Santore (17th, 20:56.81), Michaela Peterson (18th, 22:03.93).

Every Moccasin in the 5000-meter run set a personal best time.

Florida Southern will return to Daytona Beach to compete in the Embry-Riddle First Chance/Last Chance Meet on Feb. 17.