It was a beautiful day to be running and jumping outdoors. Suwannee High hosted its Invitational track meet sponsored by First Federal. Eight schools traveled to Suwannee High to compete in the all-day event. Suwannee Lady Dogs took second behind Buchholz and the Bulldogs took third behind Clay and Lee.

There were many great performances put in by all the athletes. Bruce Johnson placed first in the 110 high hurdles with a 14.81. The boys' 4x100 relay took a first with a blazing time of 3:31.00. The next closest team was three seconds behind Suwannee. Phillip Clark, fresh off the Suwannee basketball team, took first in the mens' 400 meter dash with a 50.34. Clark said with pride, "I can sprint the whole thing."

Salvador Mendoza, another new face on the Suwannee track team, took second in the mens' 800 meter run with a 2:14.52 time. J.D. Hales, fresh from soccer, took third with a 2:15.51.

The girls are doing great this year. Ashley Rose has stepped up her competition. Rose took first in the high jump with a jump of five feet. Danielle Smith recently took sixth at state in weightlifting. She's still doing her power-strong-girl thing taking the first in shot put with a toss of 31.50 feet. In the pole vault, Brittany Barclay, just a freshman, took first with a vault of 7'6".


Girls take second

Pole vault

1st-Brittany Barclay with a vault of 7'6"


3rd-Suwannee with a time of 4:35.37

800 meter run


300 meter hurdles

8th-Courtney Benson with a time of 1:00.80

400 meter dash

3rd-Kelsey Bowen-1:06.07

4th-Brittany Barclay-1:08.39

4x800 relay

3rd-Suwannee with a time of 12:11.62

Long jump

2nd-Jasmine Jefferson with a jump of 14'10"

5th-Gwynette Demps with a jump of 13'8"

Triple jump

4th-Ashley Rose with a jump of 27'6.25"


2nd-Danielle Smith with a throw of 89'

3rd-Alex Camunas with a throw of 86'

5th-Zena Hunter with a throw of 73'

4x100 relay


100 meter dash

4th-Gwynette Demps-13.57

Shot put

1st-Danielle Smith-31.50'

6th-Zena Hunter-25'7.75"

High Jump

1st-Ashley Rose-5'

4th-Katie Prevatt-4'6"


Boys take third overall

800 meter run

2nd-Salvador Mendoza-2:18.43

3rd-J.D. Hales-2:15.51

400 meter dash

1st-Phillip Clark-50.34



110 high hurdles

1st-Bruce Johnson-14.81

Pole vault

3rd-Salvador Mendoza-9'6"

High jump

4th-Jevonn Smith-5'8"

Long jump

2nd-Bruce Johnson-21'

4x800 relay


100 meter dash

3rd-Mario Hawthorne-11>37

4x100 relay


200 meter dash

2nd-Bruce Johnson-22.42

3rd-Philip Clark-23.51

5th-Rashard Fleming-24.16

Janet Schrader-Seccafico may be reached by calling 1/386/362-1734 ext. 134 or by e-mail at

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