Prep track and field | Grace Casagrande finishes 3rd at state; Saint Stephen's girls medal four times

Saint Stephen's boasts four medalists for first time


Cardinal Mooney's Grace Casagrande was the area's best finisher during Friday's Class 1A state track meet in Jacksonville, placing third in the 800-meter run.

The junior finished the race in 2 minutes, 19 seconds at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

Casagrande came into the meet with visions of a high finish, but realized on the home stretch that she didn't have the strength to catch winner Stefanie Kurgatt of Maclay and runner-up Grace Blair of Oak Hall.

"I tried the best I could. I thought I could have a higher finish but it just wasn't there today," said Casagrande, fighting back tears. "I felt good the whole race but in the last 100 yards, my legs just gave out."

Saint Stephen's Lauren Csubak placed fifth (2:22) in the same event, leading a record medal haul for the Falcons. Friday's meet was the first time the Saint Stephen's girls collected four medals. Medals were awarded to the top eight finishers in each event.

Saint Stephen's was the only area team to finish among the top 20 teams, finishing with a total of 14 points, good for a 17th place tie among Class 1A teams.

The Saint Stephen's girls 1,600 relay team earned a medal by placing fourth (4:08). Janae Murrell, Csubak, Jane Lindsay and Hannah Howell made up the squad.

Howell took fifth in the 300 hurdles (47.34), and the 400 relay team of Murrell, Paige Lindsay, Alexis Sedillo and Gabrielle Woodruff took eighth (51.59). It marked the first time a Saint Stephen's girls 400 relay team medaled at state.

Out-of-Door Academy's Ashtin Frank took fifth in the pole vault (10 feet, six inches), and Madison Shaw was eighth in the 100 hurdles (16.54).

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