BOCA RATON, FL - Sophomore Hannah Nelson and freshman Hannah Flemming placed 15th and 16th, respectively, as Florida Southern finished in fifth place at the Sunshine State Conference Women's Cross Country Championship held here Saturday at the South Central Regional Park.
Embry-Riddle, competing in its first SSC cross country championship, took home the team title, becoming the first team other than Tampa or Saint Leo to win the team championship since Florida Southern won in 2006. Saint Leo, the defending league champions, took second with 47 points, while Florida Tech and Tampa tied with 88 points, followed by Florida Southern with 104 points.
Saint Leo's Colett Rampf won her fourth straight individual title with a time of 21:20.79, becoming the first four-time champion in the 37-year history of the Sunshine State Conference cross country championship.
Nelson was 15th with a 24:05.69 time in the 6K race while Flemming was 16th at 24:09.91. Junior Aleksa Guerra and freshman Mercedes Mendoza were 22nd and 23rd, respectively, with times of 24:33.51 and 24:37.13 while junior Jolene Vergauwen came in 29th at 24:56.44.
Sophomore Allison Wright was the next Moccasin to finish, placing 34th with a 25:10.55 time with Anna Brook Opalinski coming in 42nd at 25:41.91 and freshman Amber Winton was next in 43rd place at 25:46.78.
Florida Southern will be the host institution for the NCAA South Region Championship which will be held Saturday, Nov. 4 at Lakeland's Holloway Park and Nature Preserve.