Raiders take step forward by winning county meet championship

Christian Brothers decided to get back to competing in the 800-meter run this year. He didn’t run his best of the year in Friday’s first Santa Rosa County Championship Meet but he still turned in a strong performance, taking second with a time of 2:05.54.

His top time this season is a 2:02.53 and there is no question he has made progress.

“I dropped from a 2:12 to a 2:02,” Brothers said. “I’ve never run this fast before in the 800. I didn’t get the time I wanted today, but things are going really well for me.”

Brothers was one of several competitors to score points for the Raiders, who claimed the county title with 93.5 points, easily outdistancing second-place Gulf Breeze (72.5). Navarre had a total of seven first-place finishes.

“It’s a feather in our cap for us,” Navarre head coach Joe Surratt said. “It’s a credit to the hard work the kids and the coaches have put in. It’s another step forward in the direction of the track and field world we want to be in.”

Ethan Fulk also took a big step forward and was crowned the first adaptive track county champion. He continues to make strides as the only adaptive track athlete in Northwest Florida and won the shot put (10-feet-1 3/4), the 200 (58.91) and the 800 (4:45.94).

Surratt hopes others take notice of Fulk’s accomplishments and get involved in adaptive track.

Read the full article in the April 13 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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