Outstanding national class distance times were posted by Samuel Austin and Caroline Wells at the Silverhawk Open on Friday in Winter Park, Florida.
The Oviedo senior Austin ran a new personal best for 800 meters at 1:51.24, which ranks fastest in the state of Florida and the top time in the nation currently. The University of Florida commit had not raced an 800 since mid-January when he raced indoors and won the 800 at the VA Showcase in a 1:53.30 performance.
Austin had a PR of only 1:54 prior to senior year, which he has now made a nice late progression dropping 3 seconds this school year. Florida is currently the hotbed for the 800 nationally with Austin leading the way, while Rheinhardt Harrison ran quickly this weekend too at 1:52.20 this week and we witnessed Cole Piotrowski and Ladarius Tellis push each other to times of 1:53.
The Winter Springs junior Caroline Wells recorded an outstanding double on Friday night winning the 1600 meter run in a new Florida #1 time and second fastest nationally behind only Brynn Brown of Texas. Wells made a 8-second drop from prior personal best to kick off her 2021 outdoor season winning the 1600 meters at Lake Howell High School in a time of 4:49.51.
Wells doubled back to record another lifetime best run, but this time in the 800 meter run in a 2:13.33 clocking. A 3-second improvement for Wells from her previous PR of 2:16.