Bob Hayes Makes a Perfect Landing at UNF

Shown is Fletcher High School student Zyaire Thomas winner of the 400 Meter Runner.

The Bob Hayes Invitational Track Meet (BHITM) was back on track at UNF campus Hodges Field after its controversial exit from its longtime home of Raines High School. The invitational has some events for middle schoolers, attracts a lot of high schoolers and this year opened to collegiate runners.  This was the meets 60th year.

The week of track and field activities included a worship service at Potters House International Ministries, Official’s Workshop, Banquet, Hall of Fame Showcase, Welcome Reception and the Coach James Day Memorial Middle School Clinic and Track, Coaches VIP’s Cook Out and the Charles “Boobie” Clark Park Hayes Invitational Track and Field Meet finale on the Southside.

Hundreds of schools around the state participated in the various races for males and females ranging from the high jump and Discus Throw, Javelin Throw, 4×800 Meter Relay and  the 100 Meter Dash.

The BHITM is currently under the leadership of Raines High School graduate and former NFL player Greg Coleman, “The venue is new, but the excitement, passion, partnerships, and excellent running of the Bob Hayes Track Meet will remain second to none,” he said.

The Track Meet is the namesake of Bob “Bullet” Hayes. The famous athlete is a Jacksonville native who won gold medals in the Olympics and a Super Bowl ring.

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