FNU cross Country coach and runnersMELBOURNE, FLA. – Florida National University men’s and women’s cross country teams opened their season at one of the state’s top events where they competed at the Florida Tech Invitational at the Wickham Park in Melbourne, Fla. Collegiate men’s competitors Ran in an 8K race, collegiate women’s runners ran in the 5K race.

Complete results for the Florida Tech Invitational can be found HERE:

FNU Cross Country runners with coach

“FNU’s first female finisher was freshman Heather Castro, who completed the 5K race with a brand new school record time of 23:01.02, finishing in 42nd place. Freshman Sara Galindo was the next Conquistador to cross the finish line as she ran a time of 26:28.41 for a 61st place finish. The final two FNU women were freshman Hassell Zeledon, who ended with a time of 29:24.30, and freshman Mery Yanez Mendieta, who recorded a time of 31:07.09. They had a back-to-back placing at 71st and 72nd respectively.

On the men’s side, freshman Patrick Kemboi finished the 8K race with a brand new school record time of 29:09.00 as he finished in 24th place overall, and was the 6th best freshman in the competition. The other Conquistador competing was freshman Cameron Spielman who ended with a time of 33:16.77 for a 62nd place finish.

The event was the first Cross Country meet Florida National University ever competed in.

The Conquistadors will compete in the Invitational 20 on Friday, September 27 at 6 p.m. at Holloway Park in Lakeland, Fla. For more information, or to view the full cross country schedule, please visit FNU Website

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Ruy Castelo Branco – FNU – Sports Information Director