LAKELAND, FL - Sophomores Addison Cantor and Hannah Flemming finished 10th and 11th, respectively, as Florida Southern placed fourth at the NCAA Division II South Regional Championship held here Saturday morning at the Holloway Park and Nature Preserve. The fourth-place finish was the highest for the Moccasins since the 2007 team also placed fourth.
The race-time temperature was 55 degrees.
Embry-Riddle won the regional title with 78 points behind junior Sarah Edens who took individual honors with a time of 21:18.61. Union (TN) came in second place with 112 points, followed by Lee (120 pts.) and Florida Southern (134 pts.). Alabama-Huntsville rounded out the top five with 139 points. The top three finishing teams earn a berth in the NCAA National Tournament, but the Moccasins could possibly be extended a berth to nationals when the NCAA announces 10 at-large teams on Monday.
Cantor came in 10th for Florida Southern with a time of 22:18.72 while Flemming was right behind in 11th place with a 22:26.78 mark over the 6K course. Cantor's time was the seventh best time for any Moccasin in an NCAA Regional meet and is the fastest time since Carolyne Kwambai turned in a 22:21 to take fourth place at the 2009 regionals. Flemming's effort is now the 10th fastest Florida Southern time in the event. The duo's finishes are the highest for any Moccasin runner at regionals since Kwambai's 2009 showing.
Freshman Sarah Zamot was the third Moccasin finisher, placing 38th with a 23:29.48 while juniors Hannah Nelson (23:32.35) and Ysabella Guerra (23:33.20) came in 40th and 41st, respectively. Senior Jolene Vergauwen (23:48.56) finished her final NCAA Regional with a 51st place effort while fellow senior Aleksa Guerra (24:04.88) also ran her final regional, coming in 59th.