Caroline Wells Produces Historic Florida Performance
Nearly one year after a 14-year-old state record went down, Winter Springs (FL) senior Caroline Wells went ahead and broke it again.
The Florida talent secured the fastest 5K performance in state history on Saturday at the Hagerty Invitational, clocking an overall U.S. No. 1 time of 16:40.20.
That mark surpassed Tatum David's performance of 16:41.41 from the Desert Twilight Invitational a season ago. And overall, it enters into a shining bit of Florida history: Only eight girls all-time have broken the 17-minute barrier in the state.
Before David accomplished that feat a season ago, Wellington 2009 graduate Ashley Brasovan had held the record of 16:41.42 since 2006.
But few would be surprised with the result, considering Wells is a supreme talent. Over the outdoor season she won two FHSAA Class 3A state titles, claiming the 1,600m win in 4:51.64 and the 3,200m in 10:21.04. She would later go on to set the state record in the latter distance in 10:08.77.