Sophomore Edison Vasquez became the first male athlete from Florida Gulf Coast University to compete in an NCAA championship when he competed in the NCAA Division II South Region men’s 10k cross country championship on Saturday, November 6 in Memphis, Tennessee.
Vasquez, a Naples High graduate who set the fastest 8-K time in school history earlier this year, team finished 77th in a time of 35:32. The men competed in a 10,000-meter race rather than the typical 8,000-meter races in the regular season.
“Edison ran very well in a field of extremely talented runners,” said head coach Chris Highfield. “Next year we hope we can qualify our full team.”
Peter Kosgei of Harding was the individual winner in a time of 29:52, leading his team to the team title.