Sam Austin & Caroline Wells Drop Fast Times At Silverhawk

Silverhawk Open Results

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.