SUNRISE, Fla. – The Saint Leo men's cross country team concluded the 2011 Sunshine State Conference Championships with a fifth-place finish tallying 133 points, Saturday morning from Markham Park.
The meet, hosted by Nova Southeastern University, saw Brian Haynes finish as the Lions' top competitor in the 61-person field as he set a new personal-best for an 8K race finishing with a time of 27:15.05. The 16th-place finish is the second fastest 8K time in program history. As a team, the Lions finished fifth in the six-team field.
Closing-out the Lions group was Justin Prengaman, David Malys, and Matt Urbaniak. Prengaman boasted a time of 30:54.47, while Malys and Urbaniak registered times of 31:19.88 and 32:04.15, respectively.
Overall, Tampa won its first ever Sunshine State Conference Men's Cross Country Championship, and Florida Tech's Moses Kirui (25:46.60) was the top individual finisher.
Tampa posted 40 points to hold off 14-time defending champion Florida Southern, which placed second with 48 points. The Moccasins had won every SSC men's cross country title since 1997.