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March 28-30, 2002 at U. of Florida, Gainesville FL

Florida Relays

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  • HS Invitational - Saturday
    • Boys - Sam Vazquez 4:12.36 Mile (Steven Hassen 4:13.55). Anthony Wilson 9:19.92 2-Mile. Miami Central 41.32 and 3:16.79.
      Girls - Northwestern Miami FL 47.33 (William Penn PA 47.35) 4x100. William Penn PA 3:44.89 4x400. Lavera Morris 5:04.72 Mile. Jessica Hellender 10:59.55 2-Mile.
  • 4A - Saturday
    • Boys - Bershawn Jackson 13.92 +1.7 110H. Chip Heuser 15-0. B.E. Mays HS 42.29. Palm Beach Lakes HS 3:19.28. Dillard HS 7:56.09. South Plantation (Paul Cross) 10:31.35 DMR (Miami Northwestern 10:34.80).
      Girls - Jekevia Patterson 11.96 +0.0. Kierra Foster 14.07 +1.7 100H. Janita Ocana 18-9 (Kierra Foster 18-7.5). Dara Altman 11-0 PV. Ariel Brooks 153-11 DT (Lindsey Nelson 151-11). Stephenson HS GA 3:57.36 4x400. William Penn HS PA 9:30.78 4x800.
  • 3A - Friday
    • Boys - Xavier Carter 10.52 +2.7. Mark Dillon 6-10.5. Ricky Argro 47-9.5 +0.0 TJ. Glades Central HS 41.78. Palm Bay HS 3:20.60. Columbia Lake City HS 7:57.97.
      Girls - Lawona Davis 12.08 +1.7. Jenna Utecht 14.26 +2.6 100H and 5-8 HJ, plus 2nd LJ at 17-11.25. Lauren Davis 11-0 PV. Our Lady of Lourdes HS 9:32.84 4x800 and 12:22.59 DMR.
  • 1A-2A - Thursday
    • Boys: Garrett Johnson FL 61-5.25 SP (Walker Anderson GA 59-1.75). Tampa Jesuit HS 10:32.30 DMR (Andy Bilodeau 4:24).
      Girls: Shantia Moss FL 14.38 100H. Sandra Stankovic GA 5-6 HJ. Alicia Warren FL 40-7 and 128-6 SP/DT. Whitney Shepard FL 11-0 PV. Florida HS 3:58.01. Episcopal FL 9:51.95 4x800 and 12:24.51 DMR (Kara Scanlin 5:02).
  • Preview - boys mile is featured Saturday
  • Schedule


by Ricky Quintana

GAINESVILLE FL March 27 -- This Saturday, eyes will turn to Gainesville as one of the best high school fields of this early outdoor high school track season will toe the line in
the boys' invitational 1600m at the Florida Relays.
The 1600m field will pit the nation's #6 and #7 ranked returning high school
milers in addition to some young Florida upstarts who will be looking to
make a name for themselves on the national scene.
Here's a list of the scheduled entries.
1. Bobby Curtis - Xavier-Louisville, KY. The #6 ranked miler in a time of
4:12.00 set last year in winning the National Indoor Championships. Curtis
used an identical sprint finish strategy to win his second straight title
three weeks ago. Slow or fast, Curtis' kick will be his trump card.
2. Rolf Steier - Berkley Prep - Tampa, FL. The #7 ranked miler in a time of
4:12.31. Steier took 8th place at the inaugural World Youth Championships in
Hungary last summer. Steier is a seven time state titlist in Cross Country(
record tying three consecutive state titles) and Track.
Steier's combination of strength( 9:06.42 2 mile at National Indoors for
5th), speed, national and international level experience make him one of the
favorites. He rarely is out of contention and will often dictate the pace if
it sags. Look for him to take the sting out of the field by making this race
honest from the gun.
3. Sam Vazquez-Flagler Palm Coast. The state's fastest 1600m time of the
year in a time of 4:14.31. Burst on the scene after transfering from Pine
Ridge High. Third in the 3A State Cross Country Championships.
Vazquez's kick at Footlocker Regional Cross Country Championships and in his
state leading performance make him a threat in any type of race.
4. Steven Hassen - Vanguard- Ocala, FL. The state's second fastest 1600m
time, 4:14.32, in a narrow loss to Vazquez. Named the State's Cross Country
Runner of the Year after only losing once in the regular season and having
the best time of the day, 15:13, at the State Cross Country Championships.
Hassen has surprised everyone with his speed over the mile. Hassen's large
stature provides him with strength, but pundits often forget that he has
outkicked Steier, Deak and nearly Vazquez in big competitions. The heart of
this runner may be the ingredient that can propel him to victory.
5. Sean Burris- Rockledge- FL.4:17. Has fast early season times in solo
performances. A 9:17 and 4:17 indicate a high degree of fitness.
Had a sensational race at Footlocker Cross Country Regionals and has
continued to perform at a higher level since.
The Florida Relays may provide the venue Burris needs to move to the next
level. Look for him to be in the lead group with 400m to go.
6. Tyrone Bell -Ridgeview- Orange Park, FL. 4:22.7. Running his best ever.
Look for Bell to be in the mix early as he is always in contention. If he
can finish faster than in the past, he will have a chance to catch the
7. Andrew Martin- Gulliver Prep- Miami, FL. 4:25 this year. 4:23.53 at last
year's State 2A Championships. 1:55.93 800m PR this year.
Effortless stride makes Martin look as though he's jogging. Had one of the
fastest finishes in the state 800m champs last year.
If Martin can be there with 300m to go, he could steal this race.
8. Herbie Thiele -Chiles - Tallahassee, FL- 4:05 1500m. Has run few or no
high school races this year. 1500m time was set in open race.
Has run exceptionally over all distances this year. He ,too, combines
strength, 9:28 3200m, with speed.
Could be a factor.
9. Jeremy Miller- John I. Leonard- Lake Worth, FL. 4:23.72. Turned back a
very fit Omar Osbourne at the Westmister Invite last week. Miller has
emerged as a potential contender with good speed.
He may be able to improve even more in the spotlight of the Florida Relays.
10. Omar Osbourne - Upperroom Christian -Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 4:25.69. 4:23
as a sophomore.
Reemerging as one of the state's best in his 6th year of competing at the
state level. Speed, more speed( 1:55 800m split and member of the 2001 4X8
team which ran 7:51) and also strength are the tools Osbourne will need to
make a dent in this field.

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