VOTE: Who Was The Florida Girls Distance Runner Of The Year?

Vote below for the Florida girls distance runner of the year by August 7th at 9 PM EST.

The five nominees include Jillian Candelino (Bolles), Caroline Lehman (Cambridge Christian), Cha'iel Johnson (St. Thomas Aquinas), Mary Ellen Eudaly (Cambridge Christian), and Caroline Wells (Winter Springs).

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FHSAA 1A District 9 Girls 1600m - Mary Ellen Eudaly (Cambridge Christian) 4:44.76

Mary Ellen Eudaly broke the FHSAA state meet record in the girls 1600 meter run this year with her 4:48.27 performance to repeat as the 1A state champion breaking Jenny Barringer Simpson's record. Earlier in championship season at her district meet, Eudaly led 3 other teammates under 5 minutes in the 1600 in the same race running the 2nd fastest time in Florida high school history in a 4:44.76 PR performance. Eudaly also improved considerably in the 800 to not only win her first state title in the event, but break 2:10 twice in the post-season at the Golden South Series and Music City Track Carnival.  

Bolles Bulldog Classic Girls 1600m - Jillian Candelino (Bolles) 5:04

After winning the 2A state cross country title in the fall, Bolles junior Jillian Candelino nearly added a pair of more individual titles on the track as she won the 3200 meter title (10:44) and was just passed on the final lap by freshman Elizabeth Williamson in the 1600 meter run (4:58). One of her better meets of the season came at the FSU Relays when she held her own against the top tier distance runners in the state breaking 5 minutes for the first time in the 1600 (2nd, 4:57) and running a big PR of 10:29 in the 3200 (3rd place).

FHSAA 3A Girls State 800m - Cha'iel Johnson (St. Thomas Aquinas) 2:08.35

Cha'iel Johnson won her second straight title this spring in the 800 meters but at a different classification with St. Thomas Aquinas dropping down from 4A to 3A. Her victory in a personal best and state leading time of 2:08.35 was one of the best races of the state meet with 2 others in Samantha Kavanagh and Raquel Edwards both breaking 2:10 with her in a spirited finish to the line. 

FSU Relays Girls 3200m - Caroline Wells (Winter Springs) 10:10.81

The Stanford bound Caroline Wells was an unbeatable force over the last two years of her high school career against in-state competition and one of the highlight performances of her final track season was a major win at the FSU Relays 3200 against all of the top distance girls in the state in resounding fashion with a 10:10 season best victory by the state record holder. The more impressive victories though came at season's end at the state meet when she was dealing with injury and cross training primarily and still able to be a double state champion in 3A with winning times of 4:50 in the 1600 and 10:32 in the 3200.  Her last high school race was especially special in the state meet 3200 when she lost the lead to Lilly Henne and was getting gapped, but then was able to rally back at the end to take back first and get the victory. 

FHSAA 1A Girls 3200m - Caroline Lehman (Cambridge Christian) 10:38.85

Caroline Lehman finished out a stellar high school career repeating as the 1A state champion in the 3200 and raising her career individual titles to 4. She ran a personal best 1600 meter time of 4:45 at her district meet and ran a season best 3200 time of 10:18 as a runner-up in the loaded FSU Relays race. She graduates with state records indoor (10:18) and outdoor (10:14) for full two miles and during the indoor season ran a 16:48 5K indoors on her future home track at the University of Notre Dame.  

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