LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - Sophomore Addison Cantor turned in a time of 18:20.24 to take fourth place overall to help lead Florida Southern to a second-place showing at the Disney Cross Country Classic held here Saturday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex. Cantor was the top Division II runner with Hannah Thompson, an unattached runner, winning at 17:53.87 and two runners from Division I Florida A&M placing second and third. The second-place finish tied for the best showing for Florida Southern in 15 trips to the Disney event.
The Moccasins finished just four points behind Division I Youngstown State which won the event with 45 points while FAMU placed third at 49 points. Malone was next at 101 points while Saint Leo came in fifth with 125 points. Twenty-three teams and 196 runners made up this year's field.
Cantor finished one spot ahead of teammate Hannah Flemming who posted an 18:33.75 to take fifth place while Alayna Goll narrowly missed out on a top ten finish, coming in 11th place at 18:56.88. Ysabella Guerra was the next Moccasin to finish, coming at 19:07.75 to take 17th place while her twin-sister, Aleksa Guerra (19:11.54 - a personal best time by almost 30 seconds) and Sarah Zamot (19:12.68) finished back-to-back in 20th and 21st place, respectively.
Hannah Nelson, working her way back from a preseason injury, took 39th place at 19:44.19 while Jolene Vergauwen came in 48th at 20:03.84 and Stephanie Hansen placed 51st with a personal-best 20:08.00.
Remaining Florida Southern finishes: Anna Brook Opalinski (55th, 20:13.45 - personal best by over 15 seconds); Haley Rodriguez (75th, 20:45.54 - personal best); Amber Winton (86th, 21:28.94); Amanda Slattery (97th, 21:46.35); and Madison Santore (114th, 22:20.17).
As a testament to the balance on this year's squad, Cantor is the fourth different runner to lead the Moccasins in as many races. Zamot was the first FSC runner to cross the finish line at the Holloway Park Festival followed by Goll at the Embry-Riddle Classic and Flemming at the Queens City Invitational.
Florida Southern will compete next on Oct. 20 at the USC-Beaumont Sand Shark Challenge in Beaumont, SC.