DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Sophomore Mike Harney posted his third straight top-15 finish as the Florida Gulf Coast University men’s cross country team finished fifth in a 10-team field at the Embry-Riddle/Smoothie King Invitational 8-K Classic on Saturday.
For the second year in a row, Embry-Riddle outran the competition to claim the 2005 team title. The meet, which features one of the most challenging courses in the state, drew over 1,100 competitors from 13 colleges and 30 high schools from across the state of Florida.
Embry-Riddle finished with 35 points to easily outdistance runner-up Warner Southern (83 points). Florida Tech (94 points) was third, followed by Nova Southeastern (137 points) and FGCU (148 points). Embry-Riddle placed all five of its runners in the top-15. Clint Bentley of Stetson won the individual title with a time of 27:50.
Harney completed the course in 29:24 to place 12th overall. Junior Ismael Galicia was 21st in 30:00 while junior Scott Poindexter was 29th in 30:57. Completing the Eagles scoring was freshman Grant Berkery, who ran 51st in 32:40 and sophomore Bryan Spiewak, who finished 66th in 34:09.
Other finishers for FGCU were freshman Sean Combs in 57th with a time of 33:11, sophomore Ron Gilles placed 71st in 34:37 while freshman Adam Ulrich was 73rd in 35:08.
FGCU will compete next Friday in the NCAA Division II pre-regional meet at the flrunners.com VI Invitational at the Little Everglades Ranch in Dade City, site of the NCAA Division II South Region championship meet.