Men's Cross Country To Compete in Pre-Regional
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University men’s cross country team will have its second meet on the NCAA South Region Championship course Friday night. The Eagles will compete in the 18-team women’s college division of the flrunners.com Invitational VI at 6:00 p.m.
A mix of Division I, Division II and NAIA schools will comprise this year’s field. This year’s event will be held at the Little Everglades Ranch in Dade City, which played host to the season-opening Saint Leo Invitational and will host the NCAA Division II South Region Championship meet in November. Normally home to a horse steeplechase course, the all grass course is deceivingly difficult. The course features a slight downgrade until a tough hill on the homestretch.
Last year the Eagles placed among eighth among 12 teams in this meet. But this fall the Eagles have finished fifth at the Saint Leo Invitational, sixth on a wet, muddy course at Florida Tech and fifth in last week’s Embry-Riddle/Smoothie King 8-K Classic last weekend.
Sophomore Mike Harney (North Fort Myers, Fla.) has paced the Eagles with three straight top-12 finishes and may be poised to challenge the school’s 8-K record of 26:49. Junior Scott Poindexter (Tallahassee, Fla.) has registered a pair of top-15 finishes in three races while junior Ismael Galicia (Naples, Fla.) has been in the top-25 in a pair of races.
Last week Harney completed the course in 29:24 to place 12th overall, Galicia was 21st in 30:00 and Poindexter was 29th in 30:57. Completing the Eagles scoring was freshman Grant Berkery (Sarasota, Fla.), who ran 51st in 32:40, and sophomore Bryan Spiewak (Coral Springs, Fla.), who finished 66th in 34:09.
The meet is the fourth of six regular season meets for the Eagles.
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