Good Start for Florida Tech at Embry-Riddle Last Chance

By  //  February 22, 2015

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'results were fantastic for it being our first meet'

Florida Tech's Gary Holmes claimed third in the men's 60 meter dash at the Embry Riddle Last Chance meet Saturday. (Photo by Austin Coffey)

Florida Tech’s Gary Holmes claimed third in the men’s 60 meter dash at the Embry Riddle Last Chance meet Saturday. (Photo by Austin Coffey)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Making its Peach Belt debut Saturday, Florida Tech represented well at the season-opening Embry-Riddle Last Chance meet.

Pete Mazzone

Pete Mazzone

“Today was promising and encouraging for us going forward,” said head coach Pete Mazzone. “The results were fantastic for it being our first meet. I liked the enthusiasm, and was pleased with what I saw from our freshman.”

One of the freshman Mazzone referred to, Alexis Santiago, earned the lone first-place victory in edging out Northwood’s Mariah Johnson in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.64 seconds.

Santiago also finished in sixth place in the 60 meter dash.

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Justin McMaster

Much like he did during the cross country season, long-distance runner Justin McMaster was a mainstay near the top of the leaderboard.

The native of Horseheads, N.Y. secured identical third-place finishes in the one-mile and 3,000 meter race. His times of 4:26.30 and 8:43.77 were both personal bests.

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Racing alongside American sprinter Walter Dix in the men’s 60 meter dash, Gary Holmes and Kevin Jackman placed third and seventh, respectively for the Panthers.

Jackman also claimed fourth in the 200 meter dash with a time of 21.61.

FIT returns to action on March 12 when it heads to Tampa, Florida to compete in the USF Invitational.


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