HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Suwannee runner shows who's Boss at state


Published: Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 9:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 9:00 p.m.

In her first season at Suwannee, Logan Boss did not wait long to raise the bar.

After transferring from Branford a year ago, Boss capped off a stellar junior campaign Saturday that featured three broken school records and ended with a state title in the high jump in the Class 2A Finals in Jacksonville.

“She's just had a great season,” SHS coach Eric Rodriguez said. “She actually didn't jump her best at the state meet, but luckily what she did was enough to win. She's cleared [5-feet, 10-inches] several times this season. She wasn't able to do it [Saturday] but still cleared a respectable 5-6 to win the meet.”

While Boss' jump of 5-feet, 6-inches was well short of her personal record, she was able to add district and regional titles over the last two weeks to her trophy collection with jumps of 5-feet, 8-inches and 5-feet, 4-inches, respectively.

Her state title was first won by an individual on Suwannee's girls team since 1987.

One of the Bulldogs most versatile athletes, Boss also qualified for the state meet in the 300-meter hurdles, the 100 hurdles and the triple jump. Boss would finish seventh in the 300 hurdles with a time of 45.32.

“She really wanted to concentrate on the high jump, and the triple jump and the high hurdles were at the same time,” Rodriguez said. “So she didn't really didn't compete in those two events, because she wanted to focus on the high jump. She really wanted to win that one.”

A three-sport athlete, Boss also found success this season competing on Suwannee's weightlifting team. She was a first-team All-Area selection by the Sun at 139 pounds and placed 21st at state with a 260-pound total after finishing third at both districts and regionals.

Along with breaking the high hurdle record at Suwannee next season, Rodriguez said Boss' next goal is to garner a scholarship offer in track and field.

“There's definitely been some colleges trying to contact me about her,” Rodriguez said. “That is her ultimate goal, to be able to continue at the college level.

Track and field

SHADAYSHA BULLOCK, EASTSIDE: The freshman thrower won a state championship in the shot put at Saturday's Class 2A track meet in Jacksonville. With a toss of 42-11.75, Bullock became the Rams' first individual state title winner since 2009.

Baseball

HUNTER PARRISH, TRENTON: A senior third baseman, Parrish helped lead the Tigers to their second straight district title last week by going a combined 5-for-8 at the plate in shutout wins over Bell and Bronson. In Friday's title game against the Eagles, Parrish was able to smack five of his seven RBIs on the week by homering and hitting a double in Trenton's 9-0 win.

Softball

TAYLOR WOODEN, GAINESVILLE: The senior third baseman paced the Hurricanes past Inverness Citrus in last Wednesday's Class 6A, Region 2 quarterfinal on 3-for-4 hitting with two runs, and three RBIs. Wooden also belted a home run and doubled in the 9-1 victory.

Honorable mention

Track and field

CARSTEN THUE-BLUDWORTH, EASTSIDE: A senior, Thue-Bludworth finished sixth at the Class 2A state championship meet on Saturday with a 1,600-meter run of 4:24.72.

JOSEPH JANSON, P.K. YONGE: The junior distance athlete claimed sixth place in the 1,600-meter run at last Friday's Class 1A state meet. With a final time of 4:30.99, Janson became the only Blue Wave medalist of the competition.

RALPH WEBB, GAINESVILLE: The senior won the Class 3A, Region 1 title in the long jump last Thursday with a leap of 23 feet, 7 inches at Tallahassee Chiles.

KENRIC YOUNG, GAINESVILLE: A junior sprinter, Young finished second in the 400-meter run with a personal record time of 47.68. As the runner-up in the Class 3A, Region 1 meet, Young qualifies for this week's state meet.

KRYSTAL WILLIAMS, GAINESVILLE: The senior finished second at regionals with a personal-best effort of 14.60 in the 100-meter hurdles.

ANNIE COOPER, GAINESVILLE: A senior distance runner, Cooper earned a seventh place result finish in the 800-meter run at the Hurricanes' regional meet. Cooper's final time of 2:22.94 was also a personal record.

Baseball

CLIF BRYANT, TRENTON: Playing on an injured hamstring, Bryant went 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs in the Tigers' 7-0 district semifinal win against Bell on Thursday. The senior catcher also led Trenton in multiple base hits with two doubles and a home run. A day later in the district title game, Bryant went 1-for-2 with an RBI and two walks against Bronson.

TIM GIBSON, BRONSON: The junior pitcher led the Eagles to a playoff berth for the first time since 2002 after tossing a complete game in Bronson's 5-0 win over Hilliard last Thursday. Gibson also surrendered just three hits in the District 6-1A semifinal victory.

LANDON SMITH, BRONSON: A junior catcher, Smith went 5-for-8 with two doubles, three runs and five RBIs over three district tournament games last week for the runner-up Eagles.

Softball

KATIE CHRONISTER, GAINESVILLE: A freshman pitcher, Chronister made an impact on both sides of the plate in last Wednesday's 9-1 win against Inverness Citrus. In the regional quarterfinal, Chronister went 2-for-3 at the plate and also pitched seven innings on two hits and three strikeouts to earn her eighth win of the season.

Athletes of the week are determined by nominations from area coaches. Coaches are asked to call in every Sunday between 4-7 p.m.

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