CHARLOTTE, NC - Sophomore Mason Jones recorded the third fastest 8K time in Florida Southern history with a 24:36 to finish fifth overall and tops among Division II runners at the Queens City Invitational at McAlpine Creek Park. Behind Jones, the Moccasins finished fifth overall with 171 points. Liberty, a Division I institution, won the race with a near perfect 18 points, taking the top four spots. Fellow Sunshine State Conference member, Embry-Riddle, was second with 115 points, followed by Queens (ranked 17th nationally) with 119 points, and Washington and Lee (170 points).
Jones' time is topped only by Ben Martucci's school record time of 26:26.43 set on Nov. 6, 2010, at the SSC Championships and Bobby Ormsby's second-fastest mark of 24:28.91 turned in on Oct. 1, 2016, at the Chile Pepper Festival. Today's race marks the third time in as many outings this season that Jones has been the Moccasins' top finisher.
Junior Warran Grajalez was the next Florida Southern runner to finish, placing 18th with a 25:28 mark while sophomore Josh Wagner was right behind in 19th place at 25:28. Senior Dean McGregor came in 26th at 25:43 and Mitchell Kozik placed 112th at 27:51. Other FSC finishers included: Michael Balseca (117th, 27:55) and Thomas Gardner (139th, 28:30).
Jones, Grajalez, Wagner, Balseca, and Gardner all recorded personal best times while McGregor turned in the third-fastest 8K time of his career.
The Moccasins will compete next on Oct. 6 at the Disney Cross Country Classic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.