Track star Hannah Flemming marks sixth school record

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Reems Landreth

Sophomore Hannah Flemming marked her sixth all-time Moccasin track record as she ran the 5,000 meter run in a blistering 17:30.58 at the 2019 Bison Outdoor Classic on April 13 in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. 

Just one week prior, she reset her own school record in the 1,500 meter run at the UNF Invitational on April 5 in Jacksonville, Florida . Flemming ran in the 1,500 meter invite race as one of two Division II runners in the field of 13 and with her 4:42.40 personal-record time, she now holds the top four spots in the Florida Southern record books. 

Flemming also holds individual records in mile run (5:21.99) and in the 800 meter run (2:22.46), and team records in the 4×800 relay (10:08.38) and in the distance medley relay (12:59.54). She holds a total of eleven top-10 times in two years so far as a Moccasin. 

“It’s honestly really fun to be at the point where I’m breaking my own records,” Flemming said in a message. “I started out this season pretty rough, starting the first two months of the year completly out of running because of an achilles injury.”

Flemming is expected to break her 800 meter record at the South Florida Invitational this weekend, her third school record in as many weeks. 

At the UNF Invitational, Addison Cantor (4th – 18:03.17) marked the fifth-fastest time in school history while Jolene Vergauwen (21st – 19:08.89) ran her own personal record in the 5,000 meter run. Madison Santore (35th — 19:57.37) also completed the race.

The 1,500 meter run saw Alayna Goll (3rd – 4:52.16) run the seventh-fastest time in school history while Amber Winton (25th – 5:27.94) also finished in the mixed Division I and Division II field. The 800 meter run saw Haley Rodriguez (30th – 2.39.18) and Winton (32nd – 2:45.88) finish in a mixed field. 

On the men’s side, Thomas Gardner (7th – 11:10.91) marked a top-10 finish and a personal record in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the UNF Invitational. In the 5,000 meter run, Michael Balseca (14th – 16:11.05) and Mikey Papa (28th – 18:36.86) also ran in a mixed division field.

A week later, Florida Southern Track headed to Lewisburg, Penn. for the 2019 Bison Outdoor Classic where Goll (50th – 17:45.14) also recorded the fourth-fastest time in school history. 

In the 10,000 meter invitational run, Ysabella Guerra (41st – 38:22.04) ran a personal record to enter the record books with the second-fastest time in school history while Hannah Nelson (16th – 41:41.82) marked the eighth-fastest time in school history in the 10,000 meter unseeded run. 

Mitchell Kozik (33rd – 9:39.59) marked the second-fastest time in school history for the 3,000 meter steeplechase. In the 5,000 meter run, Josh Wagner (53rd – 14:55.99) marked the ninth-fastest time in school history with his personal record performance while Mason Jones (74th – 15:28.26) also competed. 

Florida Southern will be running again on April 19-20 at the South Florida Invitational in Tampa, Florida. 

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