CHARLOTTE, NC - Hannah Flemming turned the fastest Florida Southern 5K since 2008 with a time of 18:19 to place 23rd overall and lead the Florida Southern women's cross country team to a fifth-place showing overall (second amongst Division II institutions) at the Queens City Invitational held Friday at McAlpine Creek Park. Twenty-eight teams were entered in the event.
Flemming's time is the fastest time for any Florida Southern runner since Carolyne Kwambai posted an 18:18 on Oct. 11, 2008, at the Disney Classic.
Division I institutions took the top three spots in the race with Duke winning the race with a team score of 56 with Liberty placing second with 63 points. Elon rounded out the top three with 80 points. Fellow Sunshine State Conference institution Embry-Riddle ranked second in the South Region, finished fourth with 148 points with the Moccasins, ranked sixth in the South, coming in fifth with 180 points, two ahead of Western Carolina's 204 points.
Florida Southern placed three spots ahead of the host Queens Royals who are ranked 18th nationally in this week's poll.
Addison Cantor was the second Moccasin runner to finish, placing 31st overall with an 18:29 time in her collegiate debut while Alayna Goll came in 38th with an 18:37 mark in just her second race of her career. Rounding out the Florida Southern squad were Sarah Zamot (61st, 19:01); Ysabella Guerra (66th, 19:03); Mercedes Mendoza (74th, 19:13); Aleksa Guerra (94th, 19:41); Jolene Vergauwen (96th, 19:44); and Hannah Nelson (110th, 20:03). Seven of the FSC runners posted personal best times with Aleksa Guerra just missing her top time by one second.
Flemming is the third different top runner for the Moccasins is as many meets following Zamot at the Holloway Pak Festival and Goll at the Embry-Riddle Classic.
Florida Southern will run next at the Disney Cross Country Classic at the ESPN Wide World of Sport on Oct. 6.