Commentary | Bradenton's Paul Smith worth his weight in gold in Pan Am competition

May 13, 2014 

Bradenton's Paul Smith grabbed a gold medal in the 2014 Pan American Youth Championships, and first place in the Youth Olympic Games Qualification Event on Sunday in Lima, Peru.

Smith lifted a gold-medal winning 120 kilograms in the snatch, while also garnering a silver medal in the clean and jerk with lifts of 140 and 145 kilograms. He missed in his 148 kilogram attempt. Nonetheless, Smith converted five of his six lifts and totaled a personal record of 265 kilograms.

Runners galore in Ranch

The inaugural Run for the Music 5K race took place last Saturday at Lakewood Ranch High, and benefited Lakewood Ranch High School's band and Run for the Girls. The latter was held in conjunction with the Run of for the Music race due to the previous weekend's inclement weather washing things out at Nathan Benderson Park.

More than 400 competitors battled it out in the music run.

Sarasota's Bryce Vokus, who is 18 years old, clocked in at 16 minutes, 44 seconds to take the overall male title.

North Port's Heather Butcher, who is 42, snagged the female title.

Other male division winners included: Jose Almaraz (masters, 18:50), Walter Lysinger (grand

masters, 21:11), Bradenton's Raymond Green (senior grand masters, 23:32) and Richard Quevillon (veteran, 25:38).

Other female division winners included: Bradenton's Fernanda Scalera (masters, 19:49), Mary Quinn (grand masters, 23:40) and Bradenton's Maggie Miller (senior grand masters, 25:19).

Title quest continues

That elusive first Florida Football Alliance championship still hasn't been attained by the Bradenton Gladiators.

The minor league football franchise reached the annual Alliance Bowl as the NFC champions, but the club ran into AFC champs Miami Magic City.

The Bulls defeated Bradenton 50-29 for a second consecutive title and fourth overall championship.

The Gladiators fell to 0-4 in FFA championship games.

Jason Dill, sports reporter, can be reached at 745-7017 or via email at jdill@bradenton.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jason__Dill.

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