McMaster Qualifies for NCAA Division II Title Race

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Justin McMaster, above, is the second individual to qualify for Florida in the last four years. (Florida Tech image)

Justin McMaster, above, is the second individual to qualify for Florida in the last four years. (Florida Tech image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – For the third time in the last four years, Florida Tech will be represented at the NCAA Division II Championship race as Justin McMaster qualified Saturday morning at Sharon Johnston Park.

McMaster, a graduate student majoring in space systems, finished sixth overall at 32:51.79. He last qualified for the national race when FIT qualified as a team for the first time in program history in 2012.

Ezekiel Zauner had the second-best finish for the Panthers, coming in 68th at 35:26.14. Daniel Schultz followed right behind him at 35:29.85 for 69th place.

Sunshine State Conference member Florida Southern won the team championship over 2014 conference champion Saint Leo by 31 points. Also qualifying as a team for the national race was third-place West Alabama, which totaled one more point than Saint Leo at 106. FIT finished 12th as a team with 293 points.

Benedict’s Dessie Demlew won the individual championship by almost 37 seconds over Saint Leo’s Valentin Lenz at 31:35.85. Florida Southern’s Bobby Ormsby placed third at 32:16.46.

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Qualifying for the NCAA Championship as an individual were the top three runners not on a qualifying team – Demlew, Valdosta State’s Jesse Prince, who finished fourth at 32:41.03, and McMaster.

The championship race is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 6 at Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Emily Iseley was the Panthers’ top runner in the 6K event, crossing the finish line in 48th place at 24:51.10. (Jim Hogue image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Florida Tech placed 11th at the NCAA Division II South Region Championships Saturday morning at Sharon Johnston Park.

Emily Iseley was the Panthers’ top runner in the 6K event, crossing the finish line in 48th place at 24:51.10. Erika Neave clocked in at 25:06.47 for 59th place. Ellyn Willse rounded out FIT’s top three runners in 68th place at 25:36.03.

Tampa won the women’s championship by 10 points over fellow Sunshine State Conference member and 2014 conference champion Saint Leo. The Lions, however, placed two girls in the top three in Colett Rampf and Jelena Tancic. Rampf was the runner up at 22:25.31. Tancic nabbed third at 22:29.55.

West Florida’s Kelley Bahn won the individual championship by nearly seven seconds over Rampf at a time of 22:18.74.

Tampa, Saint Leo and third-place Union will move on to the NCAA Division II Championship race, scheduled for Dec. 6 in Louisville, Kentucky. Also advancing are the top three individuals not on a qualifying team – Bahn and Alabama-Huntsville’s Michelle Kruse and Kailey Williams.


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