Oak Hall's Blair, Olinger return with hardware
Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 12:15 a.m.
JACKSONVILLE — The Gainesville area was represented well at the FHSAA Class 1A championships at the University of North Florida's Hodges Stadium on Friday.
Brooke Allen, a junior from Cedar Key High School, placed second in the high jump with a 5-04. Allen finished just below Mckenzie Kilborne of Holy Trinity, who finished with a 5-04 as well.
Grace Blair, a seventh-grader from Oak Hall, took home a second-place finish in the competitive 800-meter, finishing with a time of 2:16.87, under a second behind winner, Stefanie Kurgatt, who finished with a 2:16.47.
“The wind was really tough, but Stefanie was a great competitor,” Blair said. “I felt great out there. We kept a great pace and it all went well.”
Blair also anchored the Oak Hall 4x400 relay team to a seventh-place finish with a time of 4:11.67.
Brittney Olinger, an Oak Hall junior, finished third in the 3200-meter run right behind winner Sarah Candiano and runner-up Julie Wollrath, with a time of 11:14.15.
Lauren Perry finished 10th in the 1600-meter with a 5:39.83 for Oak Hall, helping it to a 10th-place finish in the girls' team standings.
On the boys' side, Jake Atom of Cornerstone Academy placed eighth in the triple jump with a leap of 42-1. Kevin Carswell and Tyler Anderson finished 13th and 16th, respectively for Cedar Key in the pole vault. Carswell finished with an 11-00. and Anderson finished with a 10-06.
Josh Johnson, who finished ninth in the shot put with a distance of 45-05, represented P. K. Yonge.
Joseph Janson finished sixth for P.K. Yonge in the 1600-meter with a time of 4:30.99. The winner of the 1600-meter, Alex Brown of Holy Trinity, finished just 19 tenths of a second ahead of the runner-up and teammate Cole Oliver.
Garret Westlake, also from P.K. Yonge, finished ninth in the 3200-meter with a time of 10:04.30. The 3200-meter was a run away from the start, as Trinity Prep's Daniel Salas won by almost 20 seconds.
Oak Hall's Blair and Olinger and Cedar Key's Allen stole the show at the Class 1A state championships. Blair and Allen are returning home with silver and Olinger is bringing home a bronze.