Class 2A, district 5
One top Tiger goes down, another takes his place
LUTZ — Jesuit's Jordan Schilit has spent much of his prep career in the shadows of teammate Connor Revord. But on Thursday, Schilit took center stage. When Revord succumbed to a minor stomach ailment in the final mile of the 2A-5 meet at Lake Park, Schilit stepped up and recorded the third-fastest time of his career to take the title and lead his team to a resounding win. "It feels great," Schilit said. "I ran pretty well."
Schilit, who finished in 16 minutes, eight seconds, was one of five Tigers in the top eight. Jesuit's 23 points was well ahead of Robinson (78) and Frostproof (84). After Schilit, Jesuit's best finishes were by Logan Trimble (third, 16:51) and Blake Lopez (fifth, 17:05).
In the girls competition, Academy of the Holy Names was nearly as dominant. The Jaguars (53) easily beat Clearwater Central Catholic (89) and Tampa Catholic (95). AHN had three top-10 finishes and seven of the top 19, led by Selena Castillo's (21:05) sixth-place showing.
"I don't think it was our best effort, but it was good overall," Castillo said.
Tampa Catholic's Meghan Sullivan (20:21), who took third, had Hillsborough County's best finish. Tampa Catholic's Jaqueline Fricia (20:55) was fifth and Robinson's Lexie Goldberger (21:29) eighth.
Revord led the race before taking ill (he still finished 50th), but Schilit, who was trailing by only about five to 10 seconds, seized on the opportunity. Minutes after taking the lead, he crossed the finish 23 seconds before Sebring's Conner Bauer.
"If it wasn't me, I'm glad it was him," Revord said. "He works harder than anyone I know."
Keith Niebuhr, Times staff writer
Boys team scores — Jesuit 23, Robinson 78, Frostproof 84, Bartow 116, Lennard 131, Sebring 150, CC Catholic 219; Individual Scores — Schilit (Jes) 16:08, Bauer (Seb) 16:31, Trimble (Jes) 16:51, Probst (CCC) 17:02, Lopez (Jes) 17:05, Parker (Jes) 17:06, Kempton (Fp) 17:09, Martin (Jes) 17:16, Rivard (Jes) 17:18, Epperson (Rob) 17:23, Aguilar (Fp) 17:44, Madrid (Bar) 17:51, Barreda (Len) 17:54, Taylor (TC) 17:55, Gibson (Rob) 17:55
Girls team scores — Academy of the Holy Names 53, CC Catholic 89, Tampa Catholic 95, Bartow 108, Sebring 144, SP Catholic 154; Individual Scores — K. McHugh (Bar) 19:49, B. McHugh (Bar) 20:13, Sullivan (TC) 20:21, Nauert (CCC) 20:49, Fricia (TC) 20:55, Castillo (AHN) 21:05, Owens (CCC) 21:13, Goldberger (Rob) 21:29, Snyder (AHN) 21:33, Hahn (AHN) 21:55, McIntyre (Seb) 21:57, Copley (Seb) 21:58, Barbato (AHN) 22:04, Rayley (Rid) 22:08, Socias (AHN) 22:10