Deak, Hall Win HS Mile @ UF Indoors

Ryan Deak broke open the lead about halfway into the high school boys mile and never looked back. "My whole race plan was to nail the third lap, and not worry about the fourth. Because I know that I'm still pumping in all these miles, and (I knew) my mileage would pay off in the last quarter and I'd be able to hang on," Deak said. His 4:11 today at the O'Connell Center in Gainesville is the second fastest indoor mile this season for a high school boy. "I felt really good. I've been doing...controled 3:10 just to get used to the pace."

On the girls side Courtney Hall won the race, fending off a late charge by Bishop Kenny teammate Kelly Marshall. "It felt really easy," Hall said. Marshall explained her late attempt to outkick her teammate by saying, "I didn't think I had anything left and then I did!" The two girls are very good friends and virtually spoke in unision to answer questions after the race. "We both have been really sick... Last week (we) only ran one mile." They shook off any signs of illness for the big 1-2 punch tonight.

In college races Vicky Gill of FSU ran her way to a 16:44, under the provisional national standard. UF's Cory Presnick won the mens 5K race. Alan Webb, now professional, was unimpressive in the 800 meters and not friendly to any members of the media (all two there who wanted to talk with him)--both Webb and Coach Scott Raczko were too busy to answer any questions from either or the Gainesville Sun.