The schedule for the 2019 men's and women's track season has been jointly announced by first-year head coaches Matt Levassiur (men) and Stephanie Bylander (women). The Moccasins will compete in seven meets during the season while qualifying runners could compete in an additional seven competitions. All but one event will be held in the state of Florida.
The season opens with a pair of meets in Daytona Beach on the campus of Embry-Riddle University. The first – the Embry-Riddle Indoor/Outdoor Classic – is on Jan. 19 with the second – the Embry-Riddle Last Chance Meet – a little over a month on Feb. 23.
March opens with the Moccasins traveling to Tampa for the University of Tampa Classic on March 1. Two weeks later, Florida Southern competes at the UCF Black & Gold Challenge in Orlando on March 15-16 with qualifiers only competing on Friday and the full squad seeing action on Saturday.
Qualifying Moccasins will compete at the UNF Spring Break Invitational on March 21-22 in Jacksonville with the rest of squad running at the USF Bulls Invitational on March 22-23 in Tampa. A similar situation takes place the following week with qualifiers heading to Gainesville for the UF Florida Relays on March 28-30 and the rest of the team in Daytona Beach for the Embry-Riddle Spikes Classic on March 29-30.
The month of April has qualifying runners competing on April 5 in Jacksonville at the North Florida Invitational, April 13 in Lewisburg, PA at the Bison Outdoor Classic, and April 26-27 in Gainesville at the UF Tom Jones Invitational. The lone open meet is April 19 in Tampa at the South Florida Invitational.
The regular season concludes for qualifiers at the Seminole Twilight Classic on May 3 in Tallahassee.
Last season, the men's squad set three school records with Mason Jones posting the fastest 10K in Moccasin history at the Bison Outdoor Classic and Mitchell Kozik setting a new standard in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the UNF Invitational. Bobby Ormsby set the third record in the 5,000-meters at the Pepsi Relays. In addition, the Moccasins posted 22 other top-10 performances in 2018.
The women's team set nine schools records last season. Hannah Flemming set three school records (Mile, 1,500-meter, and 800-meter) while Addison Cantor broke a pair of record (10K and 5,000-meter). Kassidy Watkins (1,000-meter); and Aleksa Guerra (3000-meter steeplechase) established new records while the 4x800 and distance relays also broke school records. Twenty other top-10 times were recorded in 2018.