TAMPA, Fla. – Senior Mason Jones set another school record for the Florida Southern men’s track team while the women’s track team picked up a pair of top-10 times. Jones, who opened the 2022 …
TAMPA, Fla. – Senior Mason Jones set another school record for the Florida Southern men’s track team while the women’s track team picked up a pair of top-10 times. Jones, who opened the 2022 season with a school record in the 3,000m, broke his own 5,000m record Friday night at the UT Distance Classic hosted by the University of Tampa. The time was also below the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championship provisional standard by over six seconds and the fastest 5,000m time run by an NCAA Division II athlete this season.
Florida Southern’s womens track team featured two freshmen from Clay County; Fleming Island’s Marisa Kortright and Middleburg’s Emma Mussante, who have both steadily improved their 19-minutes plus 5K times as high schoolers to consistent 18-plus finishers for the 3.1 mile event.
In the womens 5,000 meters in Tampa, sophomore Ellie Fluman led a group of 10 Mocs in the 5,000m as she took third overall with the sixth fastest time in program history at 17:44.38. Freshman Marisa Kortright was next across the line for the Mocs as she took 23rd overall in a time of 18:35.13. Fellow freshman Emma Mussante finished just one one-hundredth of a second behind Kortright to take 24th in 18:35.14. Sophomore Jinia Johnson was next in the standings in 25th after stopping the clock in 18:37.65. Freshmen Julia Svartstrom and Mya Stam placed 32nd and 33rd, respectively, with Svartstrom clocking in at 18:56.71 and Stam coming across in 18:56.77. The final four Moc finishers were sophomore Carolina Titus (43rd/19:33.37), freshman Karah McElhone (45th/19:37.60), freshman Chloe Hacker (51st/19:59.36) and sophomore Kaylee Padar (62nd/20:47.49).
Junior sprinter Rebecca Ramsay bested her performance from the UT Track Classic where she ran the fourth fastest 100m time in program history. The New Liskeard, Ontario native took fourth overall at the UT Distance Classic but ran the second fastest 100m time in program history with a time of 13.26. Ramsay also competed in the 200m where she took eighth in 28.13.
Sophomore Capri Procopio led three Mocs in the 800m. The Sarasota, Fla., native took ninth overall after crossing the line in 2:27.36. Sophomore Sophie Barth finished 21st in the event after stopping the clock in 2:33.54. The final Moc finisher was senior Kate Hanna who placed 33rd after completing the two laps in 3:02.70.
Barth and freshman Emily Opalinski competed in the 1,500m. Barth took 13th in 5:04.37 while Opalinski came in 27th with a time of 5:25.70.
For the Florida Southern mens team, Jones led a group of 13 Moccasins; including Keystone Heights High grad Alex Guy, in the 5,000m as he topped the 99-member field with a school record time of 14:19.08. The mark surpassed his own previous school record of 14:26.67 which he ran at last season’s UNF Invitational. Graduate student Joshua Wagner was the next to cross the finish line as he posted the fourth fastest 5,000m time in program history at 14:32.07. Fellow graduate student Mitchell Kozik came across next with a 16th place finish in 15:09.22. Junior Alex Guy crossed the line in 15:15.23 to take 20th overall. Sophomore Bryson Yamnitz finished three spots back in 23rd after stopping the clock in 15:24.47. Freshman Caden Kwiatkowski picked up a 38th place showing after crossing the finish in 15:40.14. The final seven Moc finishers were sophomore Noah Ellenback (43rd/15:46.81), sophomore Zach Dale (56th/16:01.12), freshman Seth Augustynowski (57th/16:01.29), freshman James Simpson (58th/16:02.34), freshman Aiden Redmond (64th/16:14.45), junior David Pautienus (72nd/16:31.07) and freshman Jaylen Caneus (74th/16:31.96).
Caneus, who went on to race in the 5,000m, took 12th in the 1,500m after completing the distance in 4:14.75.
Sophomore Luke Dickinson competed in the 800m and took 18th overall while clocking in at 2:07.41.
The Moccasins return to action Saturday, March 19 at the Lee Invitational in Cleveland, Tenn.
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