Seminole Track Invitational intense

By David Yon

The future of Track & Field was on display at Mike Long Track on April 9th and 10th in the Seminole Track Invitational. For the second year this meet was held in conjunction with a Florida State meet giving the high school athletes a chance to mix with college competitors. While attendance was down a little from last year, the competition was intense and more than twenty teams and over 520 high school athletes competed in both the girls and boys categories.

Chiles High School girls beat Florida High 86.50 to 70.0. On the boys’ side Godby dominated, scoring 120 points, while second place Chiles scored 63. There were lots of outstanding performances. Kayla Parker ran a 14.47 winning time in the 100 hurdles. She also long jumped 18-05.25, high jumped 5.02. Laura Bowerman ran 5:10.11 to take the 1600 race. Samone Clark of Rickards High School broke the county record in the girl’s 300 low hurdles with a time of 43.10. Maria Hampton of Chiles won the 3200 meter race in 11:19.97. Cinnamon Johnson broke the meet record in the 400 with a time of 58.60.

In the boys’ competition Enoch Nadler appeared very relaxed in running 9:39.61 to win the 3200 meter challenge. Stephen Smith won the 1600 in 4:21.69. Antwaun Moore won both the 100 and 200 in 10.98 and 21.63, the later a meet record. Logan Hall broke the meet record with a 38.84 performance. One of the meet’s best performances belonged to Ellis Gaulden of Godby who high jumped 7.0 to tie the county record.

The meet benefits the local high school track and field programs. Envision Credit Union is the Gold Sponsor and provided the financial backing to make the meet happen. GWTC is a Silver Sponsor and provides a lot of the labor. It is a great opportunity to get the club’s name out in the community and to work with the next generation of runners. Last year each high school program, as well as the Chenoweth Fund, received $730 from the proceeds.

You can find complete results from the meet at