When talk turns to Class A and 2A track in Hillsborough County, the discussion often begins and ends with the Jesuit boys team. This year's senior-laden group of distance specialists has prepared for this week's district meet collecting medals and setting records in some of the most competitive meets around the state. Here's a look at this week's slate of small-school district track meets:
Admission: $5 At stake: The top four place winners in each event advance to region.
Class 2A, District 9 at Wiregrass Ranch
When: Thursday, field events start at 10 a.m.
Teams: Berkeley Prep, Hernando, Holy Names (girls), Jesuit (boys), Nature Coast, Pasco, Robinson, Sunlake, Tampa Catholic, Wiregrass Ranch, Zephyrhills
Outlook: Jesuit aims to reclaim a district title after its nine-year winning streak ended last year. The Tigers enter the meet as the favorites, led by Penn State recruit Connor Revord, who ran a 4:13.12 in the 1,600 meters (the second best time in the nation behind Sickles' Derek Wehunt) at the Florida Relays earlier this month. Revord also set a personal record in the 3,200m (9:14.94) at the FSU Relays last month. The Tigers' 4x1600 relay, which consists of Logan Trimble, Jordan Schilit, Ben Martin and Revord, placed first (18:01.39) in the Florida Relays by more than four seconds. Outside of Jesuit, keep an eye on Robinson's Darrin Gibson, who placed second in the 800m in the county championships. In the girls, watch for Holy Names' Selena Castillo in the 3200m.
Class 2A, District 10 at Wauchula Hardee
When: Tuesday, field events start at noon
Teams: Arcadia De Soto County, Bradenton Braden River, Clearwater Central Catholic, Englewood Lemon Bay, Lennard, Sarasota Cardinal Mooney, St. Petersburg Catholic, Spoto, Wauchula Hardee
Outlook: Both Lennard and Spoto field young teams in a district dominated by CCC. Lennard junior Demyco Winston will be a factor in the 400m and Spoto freshman Shakea Kindred should be competitive in the discus and shot put.
Class A, District 9 at Indian Rocks Christian
When: Wednesday, field events start at 10:30 a.m.
Teams: Bayshore Christian, Bishop McLaughlin, Calvary Christian, Cambridge, Indian Rocks Christian, Northside Christian, Seven Rivers Christian, Tampa Baptist, Tampa Prep
Outlook: The Northside girls and IRC boys dominated this district this season, but the Tampa Prep girls could get some recognition with sprinter Danielle Dragna, distance runner Lauren Knoke and Adriana Cases in the long jump. Tampa Bay Christian Danielle Grantham and Destiny Williams could be factors in the shot put and discus.