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Home course favors Brandon

By TERRY JONES, Times Correspondent
Published September 18, 2005

BRANDON - Three runners in the top 10 helped the host Brandon boys win the Don Bishop Invitational with a low score of 35.

Durant finished second with 92 points, followed by Middleton (98).

Brandon senior Orsie Bumpus won in 16:34, 24 seconds ahead of Durant's Kemerhon Kelly.

"I think I could have done better with someone pushing me, but I'm fine with that," Bumpus said. "It was just God and me all the way. I really wanted to hit 15 minutes again, like I did a few days ago at the USF meet. I ran a 15:48 then."

Jefferson's Evander Jones was late getting his shoes and ran with the JV teams. Though his time of 15:40 won the JV race and would have made the varsity race tighter, he didn't allow his time to count, allowing the younger runners to get the awards.

Jones is a two-time state qualifier and a favorite to place in the top three this season.

"Those things happen sometime," he said, referring to the missed start. "But I did get to run for practice and I will work hard to win our next meet."

In addition to Bumpus, Jeramy Lautzenher and Dylon Hernandez finished in the top 10 for the Eagles. Lautzenher finished third (17:08) and Hernandez was tied for fifth with Durant's Juan Reynoso (17:35).

Bloomingdale girls win

BRANDON - East Bay senior Paige Williams outdistanced her closest opponent by almost a minute and a half to win the Don Bishop Invitational in 18:54.

Tampa Catholic's Clare Chadwick was second in 20:23. Bloomingdale won the team title with 73 points, followed by Brandon (82) and Gaither (130).

"The hills didn't seem very hard, but there was some sand in the wood that slowed us down a little," Williams said. "A lot of the stronger competition in the county was at a big meet at Florida State or the finish would have tighter. I really didn't have anyone pushing me."

Florida hills are like flatlands to Chadwick, a recent transplant from North Carolina.

"The competition here is very good," Chadwick said. "However, after running in the mountains in North Carolina, the course seems very flat. We are new to Tampa so I still need to meet up with more of the competition I know is fast in the area."

Jaclyn Johnson was the first to cross the line for Bloomingdale. She finished third (20:26) and fellow Bull Janelle Karlen also finished in the top 10 (20:33).

"A lot of the top competition is at FSU today, but Paige is simply amazing in any race she runs," Johnson said.

[Last modified September 18, 2005, 02:15:36]


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