WESLEY CHAPEL — After losing to Jesuit's Connor Revord by a fraction of a second at last season's district meet, Robinson 800-meter specialist Darrin Gibson decided on a new game plan for the 2009 sequel — Revord's.
Breaking out to an early lead he never relinquished, Gibson avenged that loss in anticlimactic fashion at Thursday's Class 2A, District 9 meet at Wiregrass Ranch. Not even a solid kick by Revord down the final straightaway could deny Gibson, who prevailed in 1:54.21.
Revord, who essentially led from the outset last year, finished in 1:55.97.
"Last year I was trying to stay with him then kick and try to pass him, but he did what I did (this year), just ran from the lead the whole time," Gibson said. "And we've been practicing since that time to run from the front of the pack."
Subtract the 800, and Jesuit's collective effort Thursday was about as bright and crisp as the mid-April weather at Wiregrass Ranch. The Tigers pushed a regional qualifier through in 13 of the 17 events to win their 10th district crown in 11 years.
Revord (4:30.57) edged teammate Jordan Schilit (4:31.10) to win the 1,600, and teamed with Schilit — the 3,200 champion — on the victorious 4x800 team. Evan Rubinson won the 400.
The only glaring disappointment of the day: Senior Logan Trimble, 12th last season at the state meet in the 800, finished fifth, missing a region berth in a photo finish by three-thousandths of a second.
Trimble still advances to next Friday's Region II meet as a member of the winning 4x800 and 4x400 relay teams.
"I was surprised after the field events we had that many points," Tigers coach Ray Rodriguez said. "We had some guys not do so well, and some of the guys who stepped it up, so it kind of evened out."
Berkeley Prep's Alex Klug (300 hurdles) and Auston Chen (shot put) were Hillsborough County's only other event champions. On the girls side, Tampa Catholic's Maddi Schmidt (triple jump), teammate Mari Ostrenko (pole vault) and Academy of the Holy Names' Saree Moreno (300 hurdles) were the only local winners. Wiregrass Ranch (153 points) captured the team crown.
2A-10 track: Lennard boys off to regionals
The Lennard boys advanced to regionals with a second-place finish in the Class 2A-10 district meet Wednesday.
Lennard's Antonio Rodriguez won the 300 hurdles and placed second in the 110 hurdles while Demyco Winston won a district title in the 400 (51.28). Winston and Rodriguez combined with Gennoir Edouard and James Garcia to win the 4x400 relay (3:35.85). Rodriguez also finished second in the 110 hurdles.
Spoto's Shakea Kindred won the discus (29.12) and shot put (10.26), and Andre Jones won the 200 (23.38). Spartans freshman Louann Benton placed second in the 100 and long jump.
Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer