Richardson standout has the time of her life

Rosen breaks 5-minute barrier, wins 1,600 at Jesuit-Sheaner Relays
10:54 PM CST on Thursday, March 24, 2005

By BRANDON GEORGE / The Dallas Morning News

Richardson sophomore Jillian Rosen said she didn't have high expectations going into the girls 1,600-meter race Saturday at the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays.

Rosen was competing against many of the area's top distance runners in a crowded field. By the time the race was over, Rosen said she was surprised by her performance.

Rosen not only won the race but also ran below 5 minutes for the first time in her life. Rosen posted an area-best time of 4:59.03, 14 seconds faster than her previous best.

"I wasn't expecting to break 5 minutes this soon," Rosen said, "but I've been working so hard. I came into the race knowing that I was running against the best runners around, and I just wanted to run with them and see what happened."

What has happened is that Rosen has quickly become one of the state's top runners in the 800 and 1,600. Not bad for a 16-year-old who didn't start running until the seventh grade and is passionate about club soccer.

Rosen provided a hint that she would have a good season when she won the 1,600 in 5:14.84 at the LSU High School Indoor Classic in early January in Baton Rouge, La. Garland Naaman Forest senior Asia Diaz finished second in 5:19.70.

"Jillian is one of these kids who you only get every 10 years or so," Richardson girls coach Richard Bonner said. "She's a rare breed."

Plano West senior Erin Bedell, the state-record holder in the 1,600 at 4:43.71, didn't run at the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays because she was competing in the women's junior race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in France. Bedell finished 28th in 22:32 in the 6-kilometer race.

South Garland senior off to fast start in 100

South Garland senior Matt Harding said he hadn't been pleased with his start in the 100 meters before racing Saturday at the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays.

Harding said he had his best start yet in the final of the 100. He got out of the blocks quickly and took an early lead en route to winning in 10.54 seconds.

"My start has been my biggest problem," Harding said. "I definitely have improved on it."

Harding, a defensive back who has signed a football scholarship with Tulane, has the state's top 100 time this season at 10.46.

Carroll's Renfro nursing leg injury

Southlake Carroll standout junior hurdler Clint Renfro didn't compete at the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays on Saturday because of a strained left quadriceps.

Renfro injured his leg after falling during the 110-meter hurdles race March 11 at the Carroll/John Lowery Relays. Renfro, who finished second last year in the 300 hurdles at the Class 5A state meet, said he expects to compete again within a week or two.

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Arlington Grace Prep senior distance runner Daniel LaCava, a Hurst resident, said he has orally committed to Arkansas. LaCava has the state's second-fastest 800 time this season (1:54.69) and is a standout 3,200 runner. He'll join Plano senior distance runner Scott MacPherson at Arkansas next season.




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