Bradenton's Mickey Hooke capped an impressive 2012 with a new 5K road race time of 17 minutes, 24.30 seconds at the Florida International Senior Games & State Championships on Saturday in Lakeland.
Hooke completed the course more than two minutes faster than his nearest competitor to shatter a record that had stood since 1998 and also claimed the gold medal in the 50-54 age group.
"I made it a goal, at the beginning of this year, to set a new record in this race," Hooke said in a news release. "This is my last race of the year."
Hooke ran 41 5K road races in 25 different Florida cities in 2012.
Rampage wild on ice
The Sarasota County Rampage, the lone high school hockey team between Manatee and Sarasota counties, are rolling.
The Rampage polished off their third consecutive victory this past Friday against Wiregrass.
Sarasota dominated with an 11-1 triumph that saw Lakewood Ranch's Brendan Nicholson led the club with seven points (two goals and five assists).
Bradenton's Jesse Bafia and Sarasota's Max Mullholland had hat tricks, while Bradenton's Alex Zec (goal, three assists) and Universi
ty Park's Dylan Longo (two goals, assist) logged multi-point games.
Bafia also tallied two assists as Sarasota improved to 6-3-3. The Rampage are in eighth place with 15 points, eight shy of Lightning Conference-leading Mitchell, who have outscored opponents 100-19 en route to an 11-0-1 record.
The Rampage returns home to battle Plant at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex on Friday.
Jason Dill, sports reporter, can be reached at 745-7017 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @Jason__Dill