DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 3, 2018) – With a picture-perfect weather day as the backdrop, Rollins men's cross country closed the 2018 season hosting the Sunshine State Conference Championship in Daytona Beach Saturday.
The Tars finished ninth with a score of 293 at the race, contested on the campus of Embry-Riddle.
"I could not be prouder of the guys, not only today but the entire season," said Interim Head Coach Nate Weyant. "This is easily the most challenging course we run on all season and we've done it twice. The entire team has been dropping huge chunks of time every week and that trend continued today."
Jack Gabriel led the Tars with an 82nd place finish in a personal best time of 31:02. The junior was 30 seconds better than his previous best mark, set at the Disney Invitational, and nearly five minutes faster than his previous run at the same course.
Ryan King was right on Gabriel's heels in 83rd, stopping the clock at 31:40. The sophomore's time was more than a minute faster than his best this season and nearly four minutes faster than the Embry-Riddle Asics Classic on the same tract. Senior Luke Parsley was 89th with a time of 35:39 in his class collegiate race.
"A huge thank you to the staff at Embry-Riddle for partnering with us in hosting this championship," added Weyant. "Coach Rosolino runs a first-class operation and we wouldn't have been able to pull off this elite meet without his help."
The Eagles won the team title with 26 points while Florida Southern (48) was runner-up. Shaun Bullock of ERAU took the individual championship with a time of 25:24.