(The Avery Creek Distance Showcase caps off the racing action with a fun filled and sometimes messy milk mile. Photo by Tyler Copeland)
For some distance runners around the state the Avery Creek Distance Showcase at Trinity Prep gave them another chance to continue their season with additional competition and a little less pressure. Only eight runners competed in the mixed 800 meter run to start out the meet, an event many people didn't even realize was going on until after it was over! However, Timothy Doyle and Jordan Armstrong both clocked very impressive times running 1:53.64 ad 1:58.99 respectively. For Doyle, a sophomore at Freedom High School, it was a new personal best and the 2nd fastest time in the state of Florida. Impressive considering he won a very competitive 4A 1,600m state title one week prior.
Mixed 1,600m Run
Georgia Tech signee John Lyons and 2A 3,200m state champion Caleb Pottorff lead the first 800m, but then it was all Pottorff who cruised through the line in a FL#3 time of 4:16.07. The top ten boys ran 4:35 or better. Rebecca Clark of The Villages won the girls race in 5:10.39 ahead of Claire Farnsworth of Lecanto who finished two seconds behind in 5:12.96.
Mixed 3,200m Run
Mixed 5,000m Run
Not to be out out done the meet ended with the traditional milk mile where athletes run a lap, drink a glass a milk, and repeat the process. Rumors are that some athletes dumped the milk on themselves to gain an advantage in the race, but none the less, we'll let the photos tell the story of this race, and hear from champion Trent Mandato who just missed out on the meet record!