HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Blue Wave’s Janson runs elite time at Mountain Dew Invite
Published: Monday, September 16, 2013 at 11:38 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, September 16, 2013 at 11:38 p.m.
In two weeks and two races, P.K. Yonge's Joseph Janson not only dropped his personal record twice by a total of 23 seconds, but finished in the top 10 at Saturday's Mountain Dew Invitational out of 417 runners and achieved national elite status with his time of 16:04.
Not bad for the senior, who after years of running behind Jordan Brown, Derek Bolster and Garrett Westlake, is now the guy to beat in Alachua County cross country.
“He is just a hard worker, very disciplined student-athlete,” said P.K. Yonge coach Beth Godwin. “When you are that disciplined, things are going to go in a good way. He looks at the positives in everything.”
Janson, who won the Buchholz All-Comers Time Trial nearly a month ago, finished fifth at the Lecanto Panther Invitational a week ago, running in a then-PR time of 16:20. He dropped it even further on UF's Mark Bostick Golf Course in the Mountain Dew Invitational.
“He was shocked and pleased,” Godwin said. “He was in 12th place at the two-mile mark and passed a couple of runners his last mile, which is good. He is just a real good athlete to coach.”
Janson and the Blue Wave will compete in Saturday's Alligator Lake Cross Country Invitational at Alligator Park in Lake City.
“If you ask Joe, he would say his goal is just to run as fast as he can,” Godwin said. “He is just very happy with pinching off a little bit of time. Now I know his goal is to break 16. He probably is shooting for 15 something.”
Tommy Howell, Buchholz: The junior ran a PR time of 17:29 at the Mountain Dew Invitational on UFs' Mark Bostick Golf Course.
Lonnie Underwood, Columbia: The junior running back set a school record for touchdowns in a single game with his five in a 34-10 win over Buchholz. He also rushed for 159 yards.
Sky Martin, Oak Hall: The junior outside hitter had 29 kills, 20 service points, 36 digs with a .333 hitting percentage in a three-set win over Columbia and four set loss to Cornerstone Academy.
Tyler Allen, Buchholz: The senior shot a 74 in an 18-hole match against Trinity Christian, scoring 13 pars, 2 birdies at Bent Creek Golf Course in Jacksonville.
Ailin McCullough, P.K. Yonge: The senior finished in the top 10 in both the 100 fly (57.5) and 100 back (58.12) at the Bolles Bulldog Invitational.
Fondren Deloach, P.K. Yonge: The freshman took 10th place at the Bolles Bulldog Invitational.
Tavaris Williams, Fort White: The senior tailback ran for 260 yards on 26 carries and scored four touchdowns in the Indians' 37-27 victory over Bradford.
Kenric Young, Gainesville: The senior wide receiver had six catches for 90 yards and a touchdown, and also had 13 tackles at defensive back in the Hurricanes' 20-12 win over Madison County.
Khalief Gamble, Gainesville: The senior linebacker had 21 tackles, four solo, with a .5 sack in a win over Madison County.
Lee Jones, Lafayette: The junior ran for 207 yards on 29 carries with one touchdown in the Hornets' 31-12 win over Bell.
Keith Neal, Williston: The senior fullback/linebacker had 11 carries for 154 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-0 win over Hawthorne. He also had five tackles, two for loss, with one sack.
Brad Cates, Bronson: The senior fullback had 16 carries for 173 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-12 win over Cedar Creek Christian.
Jacquez Powell, Trenton: The senior linebacker had 10 tackles, 2 for loss, and scored the Tigers' only touchdown at fullback in a 18-7 loss at Dixie County.
Lee Washington, Santa Fe: The senior linebacker posted nine tackles in the Raiders' 12-6 overtime loss at Suwannee. Washington also scored Santa Fe's lone touchdown of the night on a 64-yard fumble return.
Caysaun Wakely, Santa Fe: A sophomore LB, Wakely led the Raiders with 14 total tackles and two pass breakups in Santa Fe's 12-6 loss at Suwannee.
Brandon Land, Dixie County: The junior linebacker had seven tackles, five assists and one sack in the Bears' 18-7 win over 1A No. 2 Trenton.
Isabella Whelan, Buchholz: The sophomore ran a PR time of 19:47 at Saturday's Mountain Dew Invitational.
Hunter Hintenlang Eastside: The sophomore ran a personal record 17:59 at Saturday's Mountain Dew Invitational.
Hannah Hutchison, Eastside: The senior ran a PR time of 21:17 at the Mountain Dew Invitational.
Laksmi Arroyo, P.K. Yonge: The eighth-grader ran a PR time of 23:36 at the Mountain Dew Invitational.
Abby Austin, P.K. Yonge: The junior finished in the top 10 (1:13.76) in the 100 breast at the Bolles Bulldog Invitational meet in Jacksonville.
Shelbie Hutto, Bell: The junior outside hitter had 50 kills, 6 blocks and 13 service points in leading the Bulldogs to district wins over Trenton and Bronson, and a tournament win over Union County.
Savannah Clark, Oak Hall: The junior outside hitter had 17 kills, 24 service points, four aces and 30 digs in two matches.
Athletes of the week are determined by nominations from area coaches. Coaches are asked to call in every Monday to (352) 374-5050 between 12-4 p.m.