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Gainesville Sports Commission
Inaugural Indoor T&F Meet

Saturday, February 2, 2008
Stephen C. O'Connell Center, U of Florida, Gainesville FL

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  • Mt. Zion GA sr D'Angelo Cherry blasted a 6.21 55, =#9 all-time
  • Newnan GA junior and 07 NON double sprint champ Chalonda Goodman scored a double victory in the 55/200 in 7.04/24.69.
  • Southwest Dekalb sr Austin Hollimon ran to a 400/200 sprint double - US#4 48.62/22.30.
  • Mann SC soph Briana Nelson won the 400 in 57.60 and was 2nd in the 200.
  • Holy Trinity GA jr and 2-time Foot Locker qualifier Kayla Hale clocked US#4 9:59.87 for 3k
  • Smiths Station AL sr Spencer Ferguson 1:57.60 800

Previews: Stars and champs from FL, 3 other states, highlight new meet - Gainesville Sports Commission event in Gainesville is expecting NON double sprint champ and World Youth medalist Chalonda Goodman GA, NON 400 runner-up Brianna Nelson SC, sub-4:10 1600-runner Joe Franklin FL, and Foot Locker Finalists Kayla Hale FL and Brittany Koziara FL, among many others

Stars Descend on the Stephen C. O’Connell Center for the Inaugural GSC Track and Field Indoor Invitational

By Ricky Quintana

Gainesville, FL- Olympic hopefuls, state champions from Florida, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina, and age group stars ranging from 5 to 77 years old highlight over 600 entrants in the inaugural 16 event Gainesville Sports Commission Indoor Track and Field meet scheduled for Saturday, February 2, 2008 in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on the University of Florida campus.

The meet kicks-off with the field events beginning at 9AM. Highlighters include:
  • Johnta Griffin (Tallahassee, FL), an All-ACC performer
  • Stoney Burns (Orlando, FL), the 2007 2A Florida State triple jump champion (47-09.75)
  • Chelsea Taylor (Salem, SC), 2007 South Carolina 3A State Pole Vault Champion
  • Kelly Schiefer(Gainesville, FL), 2006 3A Florida State Pole Vault Champion
  • Madison Lamar (Sale City, GA), Georgia Independent School Association 1A State Pole Vault Champion
  • Shadayzha Bullock(Gainesville, FL), 2006 AAU Shot Put National champ and National record holder
  • Jade Stokes(Savannah, GA), 2007 AAU Junior Olympic Shot Put runner-up
  • Andrew Lahaye (Lake Brantley, FL), 2007 Florida 4A State Pole Vault runner-up and 15-00 performer
In race walk action, 2007 AAU National Champion Tariq Khalil(Savannah, GA), Shidel Williams, 2007 AAU National runner-up and USATF honoree Maite Moscoso,(Altamonte Springs, GA) highlight top entrants.

The sprint and hurdle races should be sizzling. The fields in the 55 meter, 200 meter and 400 meter dashes include:
  • Chalonda Goodman (Newman, GA), the National Outdoor High School 100 meter dash champion
  • Brianna Nelson(Greenville, SC), South Carolina high school champion and national 400 meter runner-up
  • Alycia Prior(Jonesville,GA), 2008 LSU High School Invitational 55 meter dash runner-up
  • Tatiana Fisher(Orlando, FL), Florida Class 3A 100 meter dash runner-up
  • Adrianna Hill (Panama City, FL), PB of 25.03 and 58.75
  • Dariel Jackson(Satellite Beach, FL), PB of 24.69
  • Jenea Todd(Gainesville, FL), PB of 59.53
  • 11 year old Mahagany Lanier (Statesboro, GA), 26.38
  • Anjoure Teele(Orlando, FL), 2007 3A FL State fourth place 100m hurdles and third place 300m hurdles finisher
  • CJ Lockhart (Bunnell, FL), 2007 4A Florida High School State 400m Champion
  • Joshua Edmonds(Jacksonville, FL), 2007 AAU 400m 3rd place finisher
  • Ryan Howard(Niceville, FL), 2007 FSU Relay High School Champion and PB of 48.60
  • Deangelo Cherry(Jonesville, GA), LSU Invitational 55 meter runner-up and 10.32 and 21.40 performer
  • Malcom Beyah(Chamblee, GA), 10.68 and 21.46 performer
The sprint events will also feature 4 x 200m, and 4 x 400 meter relay.

The mile run will also have a great field. Joseph Franklin (Tallahassee, FL), the 1600m Florida State record holder, 4:08.84, and 6 time state champion in track and cross country, will be vying to break Ryan Deak’s Florida High School indoor mile record of 4:09.51 set in 2003. Former All-American and University of Florida 1500m record holder (3:38.57) Shane Stroup will provide the pacing duties. Also entered is Neil McDonagh(Isles of Palms, SC), a former All-ACC performer for Georgia Tech who has run 3:46.15 for 1500m. There are four others entered with personal bests of 4:15 or better.

Other distance highlighters include:
  • Kayla Hale(Melbourne, FL), 2-time Foot Locker Finalist, 3 time Florida State 1A Cross Country Champion and six time cross country and track champion
  • Brittany Koziara(Orlando, FL), 2007 Foot Locker Finalist
  • Devin Spoerle(Titusville, FL), 2007 2A Florida State Cross Country Champion
  • Juliana Stern(Satellite Beach, FL), 2007 3A Florida State Cross Country Championship third place finisher
  • Mary Carleton Johnston, Alabama 5A State 1600m and 3200m State Champion
  • Kyle Cooke, 2007 Florida 1A State Cross Country Champion
  • Jamia Hutto(Orlando, FL), three time 3A Florida State Champion are top entrants in the mile and 3 kilometer runs.
Also scheduled is the LifeSouth Five Points of Life Mile Run. Participants in the program will be able to log one mile on the O’Dome track as part of their 26.2-mile training program, which ends on February 17, 2008 with the Five Points of Life Marathon.

Olympic hopefuls Xavier Carter and Novlene Williams will be on-hand to sign autographs and give away track cards to athlete and spectators. Xavier Carter is one of the most decorated collegiate track and field athletes in history. At the 2006 NCAA Championships, Carter, competing for LSU, won four events, tying legendary Jesse Owens 70 year old record of four titles set in 1936. Carter went on to sign with NIKE in the most lucrative deal in track and field history. Carter owns the third fastest time in history in the 200 meter dash, 19.63 seconds set in the summer of 2006. He is considered to be a top contender for a berth on the USA Track and Field team bound for Beijing, China in August. Carter is now based out of Gainesville, FL and is trained by UF Coach, Michael Holloway.

Novlene Williams, a native of Saint Ann, Jamaica, is a former University of Florida track athlete and Olympic and World Championship medalist. Williams owns two World Championship medals and two Olympic medals. At last year's World Championships, Williams earned a bronze medal in the 400 meter dash running a 49.66 second time. She is favored to repeat as Olympic medalist at the Beijing Olympics in August. Williams was a five-time All-American while at the University of Florida.

The Gainesville Sports Commission Indoor Track and Field Meet is a USATF sanctioned event. The GSC is hosting the meet in conjunction with the Gainesville Striders and Global Track and Field Association, Inc.

Sponsors of the meet include the Gainesville Sports Commission, Half Mile Timing, National Scholastic Sports Association, MF Athletics, and the Global Track and Field Association. The meet is partially funded through an Alachua County tourism grant administered by the Gainesville Sports Commission and is sanctioned by USA Track and Field.

The Gainesville Sports Commission is the 20-year-old nonprofit sports committee responsible for many tourism-generating sports events during its history, including the FHSAA Florida Football Finals, FHSAA Track and Field Championships, The Outback Gator Bowl, Florida Sunshine State Games, Florida Law Enforcement Games, AAU Florida Track and Field Championships, US Synchronized Swimming Age Group Championship, and US Cycling Espoir Nationals. The GSC also helps other organizations host sports competitions that have a tourism component. These events bring more than 30,000 room nights and 48,000 visitors to the community each year.

The Gainesville Striders organization is the local youth track and field group that consists of nearly 60 kids that annually fairs well in state and national AAU competitions. The Striders are coached by GSC board member, Larry Holsey.

Global Track and Field Association, Inc. (GTFA) is a newly formed organization of track and field coaches and officials whose purpose is to assist amateur track and field athletes who participate in State, National and International competition in track and field, race walking, long distance and cross-country running events. One of their key objectives is to promote development of adequate facilities for track & field across America through a grant and scholarship program.

Spectator admission is $5.


Friday 2/1/08

6pm – 9pm
Packet pickup at Spring Hill Suites on Archer Road. All late entries have
to be picked up and paid for by 9pm to get into the meet. No day of meet
payments. Also, all corrections need to be made by 9pm.

Saturday 2/2/08

8 am
Packet Pickup at O’dome: No changes, additions, etc.

Long Jump (Girls, Women, Boys, Men)
Shot Put (Men, Boys, Women, Girls)
Pole Vault (Men/Boys Combined, Women/Girls Combined)

9:00 4x800m Relay (13 – 18 age groups)
9:30 55 m Hurdles (13 – Adult age groups)
9:45 55 m Dash (All ages)
10:20 3000m Run (13 – Adult age groups)
11:20 1600 Race walk (All ages)
11:40 400m Run (All ages)
12:35 1 Mile Run (0-18 Youth)
1:20 4x200m Relay (Up to 18 year olds)

1:35 5 Points of Life Kids Marathon Mile & Introductions

2:05 1 Mile Run (19 and up)
2:15 200m Dash (All ages)
3:45 800m Dash (All ages)
4:30 4x400m Relays (Up to 18 year olds)

This time schedule is a time estimate based on number of heats registered.
Please make sure to be at the facility 2 hours prior to your event in case we
have a large amount of scratches and get ahead of schedule.

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