Weekend in Review: Glasser Wins at USC; Ward, Bent, Franklin Shine at UK; Thousands Run Gasparilla

Daisy Glasser competed unattached against college athletes at the University of South Carolina Gamecock Invitational--and won!  The Episcopal senior won the pole vault with 12-6.25 (3.82m) as a new season best and just under her PR of 12-6.75 from last year.

In Kentucky, Joseph Franklin won the 1 Mile race with a time of 4:21.19.  The junior from Godby came back later in his event of choice, the 800m, with a relatively (for him) subpar performance in the 800 with a time of 2:04.96--at this point no word if that was exhaustion, a workout, or an injury.  Remember Joe ran a 1:50.92 to get second overall out of the slow heat last year at Nike Outdoor.

Also at the big high school meet at UK, Chris Ward of Orlando Evans took second place in the 200 Meter Dash with a time of 21.75.  Odeika Bent of Oak Ridge took fourth in the 60 Meters with a time of 7.62.  Bent also competed in the 200m, but false started.    Kyle Van Zile (1Mile, 800), Tyler Hall (2 Mile), and Jack Allen (60H) were the other Floridians who competed in the finals at UK.

This weekend's big event in Florida was the Gasparilla Distance Classic 5K/15K. Derek Wehunt (Sickles) 16:23, James Grantham (North Port) 16:26, and Ryan Harris (Oak Hall) 16:30 where the top Florida high schoolers in the 5K.  Their female counterparts were lead by Brigithe Moreno (Plant) 18:20, Kailand Cosgrove (Tarpon Springs) 18:31, and middle schooler Grace Vandegrift (Lakeland Track Club) 18:44.  Daniel Wehunt (Sickles) 55:21 and Angie Hegge (Sickles) 1:05.14 lead the way in the 15K.

Many top Florida collegiate athletes also competed.  Scott Mackley (Florida Southern) won the 5K race in 14:57, while Austin Richmond (from cross-county rival Webber) took second in the 15K in 46:52.  Carolyn Kwambai (Florida Southern) was the top collegiate woman int he 5K with a time of 18:34, while Christa Benton (USF) won the 15K for the ladies in 54:27.

On Sunday, Tampa Jesuit won the team title in the Marathon Relay with a time of 2:40.23, over 16 minutes over the next team.  The team's legs were Connor Revord, Jordan Schilit, Matt Hindman, and Eric Bracy.