Carnes Indoor track meet set for this weekend

Published: Friday, January 28, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 12:41 a.m.

The 4th Jimmy Carnes Indoor Track and Field meet is expected to draw some of the sports future stars to the O'Connell Center today and Sunday.

Today's event will feature the largest group of competitors to date, with 1,000 athletes, ages 5-19 competing in the youth competition in 10 track events and three field events. The top performers in the long jump, shot put, 55-meter dash, 200m dash, 400m dash, 800m run and mile run will qualify for the Sunday's Rising Star races to be contested as part of the Collegiate portion of the race.

“We feel this will get some of the kids exposure to the 15 college coaches attending,” said meet director Larry Holsey, who is also the Gainesville High track and field coach. “This is a great opportunity to have the kids from all age groups to compete against each other again too. Not too many get a chance to run indoors.”

On Sunday, the college and open events will be contested, with 600 athletes from 15 colleges and universities plus more than 10 club teams will compete.

The meet, sponsored by The Gainesville Sports Commission, is named after Jimmy Carnes, a longtime Gainesville resident and track and field visionary. Carnes was the founder of the Florida Track Club, the Florida Gator's Track and Field Head Coach from 1965-76, 1980 Olympic Track and Field head coach, TAC president, AAU National Chairman and founder of the Athletic Attic. Carnes was inducted into the United States Track and Field Association Hall of Fame last December.

Live updates will be posted at and Today's action begins at 8:30 a.m. and Sunday's at 9:30 a.m.

A full list of competitors and schedule of events is also posted at

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