Youth served at Jimmy Carnes indoor track meet


Published: Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, February 1, 2010 at 12:11 a.m.

The second and final day of the third annual Jimmy Carnes Indoor Track Meet featured not only some top collegiate and amateur athletes, but a new Rising Stars competition highlighting the cream of the crop from Saturday’s youth division.

Eight members of the Florida Gators men’s and women’s teams who did not travel with the team to a weekend meet at Texas A&M took part in Sunday’s events and accounted well for themselves. They were Daisy Glasser, Caitlin Schuessler, Claire Spurling, Max Lang, Rebecca Golding, David Triassi, Daniela Griffin and Jenicia McFadden.

Glasser tied for second in the women’s pole vault with a best mark of 3.77 meters, while Schuessler and Spurling were among a group of eight athletes who tied for fourth. Lang cleared 4.35 meters to finish in a tie for fifth on the men’s side.

“I love the runway here because it’s raised,” Lang said. “I didn’t do as well as I wanted. I felt like I had some things going for me, and I just couldn’t pull it off when I needed to. But it’s early in the season.”

Triassi’s best effort of 17.2 meters earned him a second-place finish in the men’s weight throw, while Goldring tied for fourth in the women’s high jump with a mark of 1.6 meters.

Triple jumpers Griffin and McFadden, meanwhile, are both still adapting to a different event. Griffin, a sprinter, seems to be making the transition more smoothly. After just three months of experience, she made the event finals Sunday, finishing fifth with a personal-best mark of 11.94 meters.

“It’s something different than I’m used to, but coach (Mike Holloway) saw I had potential and hopefully down the road I can help the team by scoring some points at SECs and stuff like that,” Griffin said. “Overall, today was a huge improvement over my first competition, and it’s kind of becoming more natural. All I’m trying to do is improve every week.”

Winners in the Rising Stars competition included Kirsten Nieuwendam (55 and 200 meters), Courtney Filiben (mile), Dawn Owen (shot put), Lia King (long jump), Aliyah Abrams (400), Sierra Solaun (800) and Grace Thomas (3,000) for the girls and Jonathan Farquharson (200), Arman Hall (400), Nicholas Posada (mile), Josh Kles (shot put), Antonio Johnson (long jump), Brandon Collins (55) and Jake Kehlenback (800) on the boys side.

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