The Wild Florida 800m
This was one wild race.
St. Thomas Aquinas High School's (FL) Cha'iel Johnson took the race out from the gun, pulling the field into a single file line early. Over the first 400m, Johnson had opened up almost a 30-meter lead on the next closest runner.
With 300m to go, though, Coral Reef High School's (FL) Krystal Rodriguez began to reel her back in.
As Johnson got to 200m, Rodriguez was giving chase. Then the gap closed even more at 100m.
In the final 50 meters, Rodriguez hit the gas hard for one final push. In the final meters of the race, Johnson dove for the line, but in the end it wouldn't be enough to hold off the surging Rodriguez, who would come through just 0.86 seconds ahead.
The duo scored times of 2:09.91 and 2:10.05, respectively, which were the second- and third-fastest times of the week. Their times currently rank No. 17 and No. 18 in the nation on the season.
Watch the exciting race above and check out more from the meet in the links below.
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|1||Krystal Rodriguez||12||Coral Reef HS||2:09.91||1|
|2||Cha'iel Johnson||10||St. Thomas Aquinas HS||2:10.05||1|
|3||Britney Chatfield||12||St. Thomas Aquinas HS||2:13.68||1|
|4||Jaellene Burgess||10||Coral Reef HS||2:16.95||1|