Florida 2003 outdoor

Florida week

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Nicole Shappert, Paul Cross busy - Hassen hurting

by Ricky Quintana,

Class 1A Champs, Friday May 9. Class 2A, Saturday, May 10

Nicole Schappert,a soph at Pope John Paul II runs 5:03, 10:55 ! Then,
steps on the track minutes after the 3200m and splits a 59.2 in the 4x400!!!
" The plan was to run under 5 minutes, but it's so hard to do that on your
own," said coach and father Ken Schappert afterwards. In somewhat of an
understatement he says, "She's ready to run."

Freshman Jaqueline Areson 2nd
in the 1600m, Kabboord 3rd and 2nd in 3200m, 11:10. Gulliver Prep Star
Jilian Gill hangs with leaders for 5 laps and comes home in 11:19. SHE'S IN
THE 7TH GRADE. Gulliver Prep Soph Bryan Sharkey wins 1600m in 4:21. Sub 60
last 400. Cocoa Beach's Senior Dan Jones 2nd 4:24, Belen Jesuit's Jose
Garcia 3rd 4:25. Defending champion, Andrew Martin drops out. 1:53
for.............. senior Erick Ward of Suncoast! Runs away from Andrew
Martin in final 100m to win by two seconds.

Class 4A District-

Paul Cross Runs 4:18, 1:55 AND 46.8 SPLIT ON 4 X 4 RELAY
at Districts.
Soph Jenny Narringer runs 5:05 and 11:04 double. Lauren Austin 56.12.

Steven Hassen Battling Injury, but Will Try and Win His Second 3200m Title
And Lead His Team in the 4x8
Lecanto- After participating in the deepest 3200m ever at the Arcadia
Invitational and running the best time ever in Florida history for 3200m,
Steven Hassen was relegated to hobbling around, barley able to put weight on
his foot. A sore achilles was aggravated to the point that walking became a
chore for the next few days. Visits to several doctors revealed that Hassen
had somehow strained the tendon and rest would be required if he wanted to
finish the season.
Following the advice of his doctor, Hassen has been laying low and trying to
heal the injury as best he can. The pain has lessened, but he and Coach
Travieso will remain cautious over the next few races so that Hassen can
defend his 3200m title and help his team get to the 4x 800m final; an
accomplishment they just missed out on last year.
Wednesday, in his first race since Arcadia, Hassen opened with a 9:47 3200m.
Following his plan of going out fast and then shutting it down after the
1600, Hassen split 67-68-67-68-86-83-80-64. He did not run the 4 x 8, but
his team ran a solid 8:17.
An attempt on the state 3200m record is still a remote possibility, but
Hassen plans on running a solid time at state. Any races afterward are
doubtful. Doctors plan to put Hassen in a boot to remedy the injury after
the state meet.

Class 1A Region 1 -

Ross McMillan is on fire. The senior from
Maclay is running some sizzling times in the second half of the season.
Coach Droze predicted a big things from him as early as the the track and
field clinic in January. An invitation to the Gator Indoor Invite followed
and now he's moving up into the top level state wide and nationally. Tonight
1:54.15, improving on his personal best of 1:54.99. He also won the 1600m in
4:26. Not to be discounted is Patrick Weaver of St. John's. As reported by
his coach, Josh Johnson, Weaver split 1:55 last week in the 4x 8. He
returned this week to prove it was legit. He chased McMillan all the way to
run a starling 1:54.49! As sophs, Weaver ran 1:57 and McMillan 2:01 at
state. Now, they both are at the top of the heap. The 800m is brewing into a
slugfest with Upperroom Christian's 2001 800m Champ looming in the wings.


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