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Fort Myers High runner has bit of a kick

April 03, 2015

Kristlin Gear "could end up being the next great Miler at Fort Myers."

By Adam Regan,

The girls 1600 meter invitational race at the Florida State Relays last weekend was a gathering of the top prep distance runners in the state.

Defending state champion cross country runners and past state medalists in the Mile took their shot at one of the best in the country — nine-time Louisiana state 1600 champion Gabrielle Jennings.

Everything went according to plan with Jennings reaching the top of the podium.


Fort Myers' Kristlin Gear, one of the least-decorated runners in the field, turned in a quick final 100 meters to move from sixth place to less than 0.2 seconds from besting Jennings at the finish line.

The sophomore, who posted a personal best 4:59.71, displayed the type of kick that should put her in the conversation of contenders in Class 3A at the FHSAA championships next month in Jacksonville.

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