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AFA's Biffar outruns county foe

By GREG AUMAN

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 8, 2000


BROOKSVILLE -- Pinellas County was represented by only two of the 17 teams at Saturday's Central Invitational, but it still managed to get a one-two finish in the boys race.

Admiral Farragut sophomore John Biffar, who won the JV race at the same meet last year in 17:47, pulled away from Largo's Danny Bauer to win in 15:36, setting a personal best by 11 seconds.

"He's been racing extremely well the last few weeks," Farragut coach Phil Barnhill said.

"He's really made a dramatic improvement in the last year. He had a great summer of training."

Biffar, who also won the St. Petersburg City Meet on Thursday, said he wasn't gunning for records, just trying to keep in front.

"I just wanted to stay easy and move in as the race went on," he said. "It's a fast course. I love it here."

Second-place Bauer, running in his third race this season after missing time with patellar tendinitis, finished in 16:06 and showed he's returning to the form that had him running times as low as 15:29 last year.

"My knee feels good now, but I just have to keep training," he said.

Largo's Matt Timm finished sixth in 16:22, helping Largo finish third in the team standings with 103 points.

Central edged Ocala Forest for first place, and Farragut finished eighth.

In the girls race, Farragut's Elizabeth Wells finished sixth in 21:20, but Farragut did not field enough runners to post a team score.

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