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Tiger may be grounded for today's meet

Technically, he enters today's Class 2A meet as the defending state champion in the 400 meters. But whether Jesuit senior Hunter Clasen actually tries any defending remains to be seen.

By JOEY KNIGHT
Published April 28, 2007


TAMPA - Technically, he enters today's Class 2A meet as the defending state champion in the 400 meters. But whether Jesuit senior Hunter Clasen actually tries any defending remains to be seen.

Still nursing what coach Ray Rodriguez describes as a strained left hip flexor, Clasen's status for his specialty race today in Winter Park remains probable.

"Right now I want to say it's unlikely he'll sit out but not totally out of the question, " said Rodriguez, seeking a top-five team finish for the Tigers today at Showalter Field.

"We're taking it day by day. There has been a little improvement, but not as much as we would like. ...We've heard everything from 'Take five weeks off, ' to 'See how it feels that day.' "

Clasen, who has signed a track scholarship with Georgia Tech, injured the knee during the 200-meter finals at last week's Region 3 meet. Earlier, he had won the 400 in 48.64 seconds.

In the preliminaries of the 200, he ran a converted time of 21.76 - a school record.

During limited training this week, Rodriguez said Clasen has shown modest progress, but still is running with a limp.

"It's just very tight, " Rodriguez said.

Joey Knight can be reached at (813) 226-3350 or jknight@sptimes.com.

Fast Facts:

Class 2A State Track Meet

Where: Showalter Field, Winter Park

Directions: Take Interstate 4 East to Orlando and get off at Exit 82A. Go 0.6 miles and take the East-West Expressway East exit. Merge onto FL-408-TOLL (East-West Expressway), go 4 miles and take Exit 14 toward SR-436/Semoran Blvd./International Airport. Quickly merge onto Lake Underhill Road, to 0.2 miles and turn left onto FL-436 W./S. Semoran Blvd. Go 3.5 miles and turn left onto Banchory Road. Go 0.4 miles and turn right onto ST Dunston Way. Go 0.2 miles and turn left onto Cady Way.

Schedule: Field events, noon; 4x800-meter relays, 1 p.m.; running event preliminaries, 4 p.m.; running event finals, 7 p.m.

Admission: $8

Local girls qualifiers: Berkeley Prep - Olivia D'Angelo (3, 200), Allison Higbe (pole vault), Katie Massengill 3, 200), Page Price (800, 1, 600) Sarah Rechtoris (pole vault), 4x800 relay team; Holy Names - Lauren Pacetti (300 hurdles), Stephanie Socias (3, 200); Newsome - Ilana Aramati (discus), Janey Martin (1, 600); Tampa Catholic - 4x800 relay team

Local boys qualifiers: Berkeley Prep - Richard Blake (1, 600, 3, 200), Charles Klug (300 hurdles), Robert Livingston (800, 1, 600); Jesuit - Hunter Clasen (400), John Ervin (discus), Thomas Moore (discus), David Piccirilli (shot put), Connor Revord (1, 600, 3, 200); 4x800 relay team; Newsome - Keegan Bixler (3, 200), Dustin Chastain (800), Luke Drake (discus), Steven Lively (400), Jeronsqi Shepard (200); Robinson - Greg Ellingson (long jump), 4x800 relay team