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Berkeley eighth-grader gets praise

By JEREMY RASMUSSEN

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 5, 2001


TAMPA -- At the beginning of Friday's Night Moves 5K run, people were laughing at a gangly youngster running hard out of the gates around the first turn.

TAMPA -- At the beginning of Friday's Night Moves 5K run, people were laughing at a gangly youngster running hard out of the gates around the first turn.

By the end of the race, no one was laughing anymore.

Berkeley Prep eighth-grader Andy Biladeau kept up his pace and nearly won. Former University of South Florida standout Dror Vaknin edged past him in the last kilometer to win with a time of 15:53. Biladeau finished second at 16:19.

"I almost lost the rest of my hair out there," Vaknin joked. "(Biladeau) was phenomenal. He just has to go out a little bit slower."

Vaknin said that this year's course, which was altered from last year's because of rail construction, was better because it had more straightaways.

The course started near the intersection of Ninth Avenue and 20th Street in Ybor City and went down Nick Nuccio Parkway before doubling back down the popular Seventh Avenue thoroughfare toward the finish.

Kim Schultz-Bader, who finished seventh in last weekend's St. Anthony's Triathlon, won the women's event with a time of 17:17. The next closest female finisher was Katie Montague (18:29), another former USF runner.

"I still felt a little of (the triathlon) in me," Schultz-Bader said. "I think I'm still recovering."

In the men's race, University of Tampa runner Brant Speed finished third in 16:31, followed by Patrick High of Thonotosassa (16:38).

The annual event, sponsored by the USF track and field team, is the last for Bulls coach Kelly Phillips, who announced her resignation effective in June. She and her husband, Berkeley Prep track coach Mike Phillips, are expecting their second child. Phillips was with his team at the Class A state championships at Coral Springs.

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