The Top 10 Moments in Flo Golden South History: No. 9, Charlene Lipsey Shatters 23 Year Old MR

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Moment No. 9: Charlene Lipsey Shatters 23-Year-Old Meet Record (2008)

One of the top stars at the 1985 Golden South Invitational was a 14-year-old freshman named Shownda Martin.

The young athlete from Sanford Seminole entered the postseason championship as the Florida state champion and Central Florida record holder in the 880-yard run, thanks to a 2:10.2 showing at her debut state meet on May 12. The workhorse actually led Seminole to the 4A state title at those championships, thanks to a stellar anchor leg on the mile relay.

But the precocious freshman saved her best for last. 

Martin ran a stunning 2:09.9 to win the Golden South Invitational. The time would stand as the meet record for 23 years -- until 2008. 

In 2008, Hempstead High School junior Charlene Lipsey traveled from her home state of New York down to sunny Florida to race Golden South as a tune-up before her state championship. Lipsey was coming off a three-second, runner-up finish at the New York Relays to the Chanelle Price, but she dominated the Golden South in stunning fashion to set a new personal best of 2:08.25 and win by six seconds. 

Lipsey defended her title at Golden South in her senior year and went on to a decorated career at LSU, where she earned five All-American honors. Currently a professional runner for adidas, Lipsey has a personal best of 2:00.6 for 800m.

Her 2008 winning mark still stands as the Golden South meet record.

Women 800 Meter Run Classic
       World: $ 1:53.28  7/26/1983   Jarmila Kratochvilova, Czechoslovakia     
    American: ^ 1:56.40  8/11/1999   Jearl Miles-Clark, Reebok Track Club      
 National HS: @ 2:00.07  7/24/1982   Kim Gallagher, Ft. Washington, PA         
  Florida HS: ! 2:09.90  2001        Lavera Morris (4A), Oak Ridge HS, Orlando 
Golden South: * 2:09.0h  1985        Shownda Martin, Seminole HS, Sanford, FL  
   TFA Track: # 2:11.88  6/3/2006    Latavia Thomas, W Catholic HS-PA          
  Qual. Std.:   2:25.00                                                        
    Name                    Year School                  Finals 
  1 258 Charlene Lipsey       11 Uniondale, NY          2:08.25* 
  2 256 Brittany Koziara      11 Orlando, FL            2:14.86  
  3 225 Racquel Daly          12 Decatur, GA            2:15.48  
  4 296 Jade Sims             12 FL, FL                 2:16.78  
  5 281 Lauren Pietrosh       11 Marlboro, NJ           2:17.04  
  6 319 Micah Wessinger       12 Chester, SC            2:17.52  
  7 273 Brooke Nebel          11 Port Orange, FL        2:18.01  
  8 224 Amber Crews           11 UNA                    2:21.92  
  9 235 Courtney Filliben      7 Miami, FL              2:24.98  
 10 307 Grace VanDeGrift       9 Valrico, FL            2:26.28  
 11 264 Shanay Mayes          10 Oak Ridge, FL          2:27.76  
 12 242 Ana Groff             11 Orlando, FL            2:30.29  
 13 312 Dreanna Wallace       12 FL, FL                 2:30.31  
 14 289 Lisa Scarlino         11 Marlboro, NJ           2:34.91  
 15 240 Jillian Gil           12 Miami, FL              2:42.48  

2:09.9 for 880 yards is equivalent to 2:09.34 for 800 meters.

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