Florida Tech Panthers Sports Roundup

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Men’s Lacrosse Visits North Carolina for Back-to-Back Contests

Florida Tech (1-6) begins a three-game road trip in North Carolina for back-to-back contests against Brevard College (1-6) and Mount Olive College (7-1) today at 1 p.m., and Sunday, March 23 at 2 p.m., respectively. 

Evan Ryan, above, and the men's lacrosse team takes on Brevard College today at 1 p.m. and Mount Olive College on Sunday at 2 p.m. (Florida Tech image)

Evan Ryan, above, and the men’s lacrosse team takes on Brevard College today at 1 p.m. and Mount Olive College on Sunday at 2 p.m. (Florida Tech image)

The Tornados are in the midst of their inaugural season and compete in the newly-formed South Atlantic Conference.

Receiving votes in the latest USILA Top 15 Poll, Mount Olive hosts Lees-McRae on Saturday, March 22. The Trojans got the best of the Panthers in their inaugural meeting last season, 19-11, on March 9, 2013.

Live stats will be available for both games and live video can be accessed for Sunday’s slate by visiting the men’s lacrosse schedule page on FloridaTechSports.com, the official home of FIT athletics. 

Today’s Governor’s Cup on Tap for Women’s Rowing

Head coach Adam Thorstad and the Panthers will race for the last time this season at Canal 54 today. (Florida Tech image)

Head coach Adam Thorstad and the Panthers will race for the last time this season at Canal 54 today. (Florida Tech image)

Florida Tech will close out the home portion of its schedule by hosting the Governor’s Cup today at Canal 54. Also competing in the race are Barry and Columbia.

FIT, Barry and Columbia will square off in the first two races, the varsity eight at 9 a.m. and the varsity four at 9:10 a.m. The Panthers and Lions of Columbia will then line up against one another in the last race of the morning at 9:20 a.m.

In its most recent race on March 14, FIT won the varsity four and eight events against Assumption. The four’s winning time was 8:42 and the eight finished at 8:06.

CHAMPIONSHIP START APRIL 4

After the Panthers compete today, they will begin the championship portion of their schedule with the Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships April 4-5 at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Fla.

Results from the Governor’s Cup will be posted to the Panthers’ Twitter account, FTPanthers. A recap of the race will follow the conclusion of the regatta at FloridaTechSports.com.

Panthers Record Solid Times in Day One of Walt Disney Track & Field Open

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — The Florida Tech Panthers opened the Walt Disney World Track & Field Championships Friday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and the Panthers excelled on the first day, as more program records fell.

The Panthers had a solid first day at the Walt Disney World Track & Field Open. (Florida Tech image)

The Panthers had a solid first day at the Walt Disney World Track & Field Open. (Florida Tech image)

“We had a great day on the track,” said assistant coach Nick Dodson. “We had several athletes medal, and some program records go down. Also, we had a couple runners make it into the finals tomorrow as well.”

The women’s 4×100 meter relay team of Rhoni GavagniJoeMarie Reed, Alyson Vezina, andAshley Vezina set a new program record for the second consecutive week. The team finished fifth with a record time of 53.41 seconds, over a half second quicker than last weeks’ time. Ellyn Willse placed fourth in the 400 meter run, and was the top NCAA Division II finisher with a time of 1:10.01.

Nick Dodson

Nick Dodson

Reed put together a solid run in the 200 meter dash prelims, and qualified for Saturday’s final with a time of 26.80 seconds. She put in the best time for NCAA Division II competitors. She also set a new program record in the 400 meter race. Reed finished fourth with a time of 59.46 seconds, and broke her own record by almost two seconds. Connor Ahlborn broke her own hammer throw program record with a toss of 50.51 meters. The toss was not only good for second place, but it also provisionally qualified Ahlborn for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Connor Ahlborn

Connor Ahlborn

On the men’s side, Terence Brookins finished seventh in the 200 meter dash prelims, and qualified for Saturday’s final with a time of 22.14 seconds. Brookins continued to have a big day, as he set a new program record in the 400 meter race. Brookins finished fourth with a time of 49.40 seconds, and broke the record he set last week. Daniel Schultz finished fifth, and was the highest NCAA Division II finisher in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:59.65. Phil Maloney placed third in the hammer throw with a toss of 47.31 meters.

The Walt Disney World Track & Field Open continues Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. ET.


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