Clearwater Central Catholic's Char Foster broke the national 15-year old and high school freshman records in the 400 meter hurdles Friday at the U.S. Junior National Track and Field Championships in Walnut, Calif. Foster ran 58.68 seconds in the preliminaries to secure the top time going into the finals late Saturday night. The top two finishers qualify for the Junior World Championship team, which will compete this summer in Santiago, Chile. Another member of Clearwater's Alpha Omega Track Club, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas' Seilala Sua, qualified for World Juniors in the shot put by finishing second at 46 feet, 11} inches. Collinus Newsome of the University of Illinois won with a toss of 49-9}.
The Town 'N Country Heather under-19 girls take a radical approach to prepare for the U.S. Youth Soccer Association South Region Championships, which begin Monday and continue through July 1 at Greenville, N.C. The Heather played (and almost beat) a boys team last weekend. Then early last week, they piled into vans to train at the Mecca of women's soccer: the University of North Carolina. "Just being in this environment gets you focused," said Heather forward Robin Confer of Clearwater, who just completed her freshman year at UNC, where the Tar Heels won their 13th national title in 14 years. "I'm used to it now, but the other girls know this isn't a vacation. Everyone has a great attitude and is willing to work and sacrifice."