ORLANDO - Senior Evan Quinones broke his own record in the 800-meter race with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:51.17 at the UCF Black and Gold Challenge here Saturday on the campus of the University of Central Florida.
Quinones, the only NCAA Division II in the first heat, placed fourth overall, finishing just under one second behind the winner, Jonathan Moore of Bethune-Cookman, who finished at 1:50.24. Quinones' time eclipses his previous school record of 1:52.38 set on April 16, 2016 at the Florida D-2 Intercollegiate Meet. The Saratoga Springs, NY native now possesses the top five Moccasin fastest times in the 800-meter.
Quinones' time is also the second fastest time in the 800-meter in the NCAA Division II this Spring. He is bested only by the 1:50.30 time turned in by Kevin Thompson of Colorado Mines in today's Slope Challenge.
Everett Wagner came in fourth in the 5000-meter run for Florida Southern with a 16:25.10 time while Warran Grajalez was sixth at 16:34.37. Christian Beauchemin also placed in the top ten, placing 10th with a 16:53.14 time.
Dean McGregor turned in a ninth place finish in the 1500-meter run with a 4:10.35 time.
Florida Southern will run next at the UNF Spring Break Invitational, March 24-25, at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.