HARDEEVILLE, SC - Sophomore Hannah Flemming ran an 18:19.3 to finish in eighth place over a 5K race and lead Florida Southern to a third-place finish at the USC Beaufort Sand Shark Invitational Cross Country meet here Saturday morning at the Sgt. Jasper Park. The Moccasins finished with 106 points, trailing the Savannah College of Art & Design (Atlanta), which won with 66 points, and fellow Sunshine State Conference member, Embry-Riddle, which took second with 73 points.
Other SSC schools in the 34-team, 292 competitor field included Lynn (11th) and Nova Southeastern (15th).
For Flemming, this is the second time she has led Florida Southern. The Titusville, Fla. native also was the top Moc at the Queen City Invitational in Charlotte, NC on Sept. 28, where she posted almost the same identical time at 18:19 (her personal best mark).
Sophomore Addison Cantor also placed in the top ten for Florida Southern, turning in a time of 18:24.6 to finish 10th, while freshman Sarah Zamot took 17th place with a time of 18:59.2 over the 5K course. The next three Moccasin runners came in as a group as junior Ysabella Guerra placed 35th (19:24.8), senior Jolene Vergauwen came in 36th (19:29.6), and freshman Alayna Goll finished in 38th place (19:33.4).
Also competing for the Moccasins were senior Aleksa Guerra (55th, 19:47.8); juniors Hannah Nelson (57th, 19:48.9) and Anna Brook Opalinski (68th, 20:04.7); freshmen Stephanie Hansen (69th, 20:05.3) and Haley Rodriguez (105th, 20:58.5); sophomores Amber Winton (144th, 21:51.0) and Madison Santore (171st, 22:29.6); and senior Amanda Slattery (198th, 23:01.9).
Zamot, Vergauwen, Opalinski, and Hansen all ran personal-best times.
Florida Southern now prepares for the 2018 Sunshine State Conference Championships which will be contested on Nov. 3 in Daytona Beach, FL.
The Moccasins pose for a group photo following the meet.