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State track| Class 2A

2A: Jesuit wins 4x800-meter relay title

Jesuit’s Connor Revord pulls away in the final leg of the 4x800-meter relay to lead the Tigers to their only first-place finish of the meet. The relay team won in 7 minutes, 56.30 seconds. Revord also finished second in both the 1,600- and 800-meter runs.

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Jesuit’s Connor Revord pulls away in the final leg of the 4x800-meter relay to lead the Tigers to their only first-place finish of the meet. The relay team won in 7 minutes, 56.30 seconds. Revord also finished second in both the 1,600- and 800-meter runs.

WINTER PARK — Two weeks ago, Michael McEnany wasn't even a member of Jesuit's 4x800-meter relay team.

On Saturday at the Class 2A state track and field finals, McEnany led the Tigers to a first-place finish in the event.

McEnany, who made his first appearance with the 4x800 team after winning a team time trial last Saturday, ran the first leg and helped Jesuit shave nearly 15 seconds off its best time in the event. In third place with one leg to go, Jesuit's Connor Revord caught the lead pair and drafted off the duo before sprinting ahead with about 220 meters left in the race.

The Jesuit quartet finished in a time of 7 minutes, 56.30 seconds, more than three seconds faster than second-place Belen Jesuit.

"McEnany made a 10-second difference," said Revord, who also was on a state-winning 4x800 relay Jesuit team as a freshman. "It was awesome. He stepped up to the plate."

Revord also placed second in the 800 (1:55.88) and the 1,600 (4:18.86), coming in behind Godby's Joseph Franklin in both. Jordan Schilit placed sixth in the 3,200 in 9:50.19 for Jesuit, which finished eighth overall with 29 points. Godby won the boys team title with 52.5 points.

Paced by Richard Blake's third-place finishes in the 1,600 (4:25.14) and 3,200 (9:36.28), Berkeley Prep finished in a tie for 16th with 12 points.

Robinson junior Darrin Gibson was fourth in the 800 (1:57.99) and joined Matt Altimari, Terril Gibson and Adrian Vella on the Knights' fifth-place 4x800 relay team (8:04.61). Robinson placed 22nd overall.

In the girls competition, Berkeley Prep senior Page Price recorded top eight finishes in three events. Price was third in the 800 (2:19.02) and 1,600 (5:07.41), and helped the Bucs to an eighth-place finish (9:48.96) in the 4x800 relay with Rachel Sheppard, Amita Dhillon and Gigi Price.

"The last lap, I just sprinted it," Price said after the 1,600, in which she finished with a personal-best time. "By the last 200, I knew I could get third."

Senior Allison Higbee jumped 10 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault, a personal best and school record, to finish fourth. The Buccaneers were the county's top finishers on the girls side after placing in a three-way tie for 11th with 18 points. Jacksonville Raines won the girls competition with 70 points.

Spoto's Shakea Kindred threw a personal best 36 feet, 6½ inches in the shot put on her final attempt to place sixth. Kindred was the Spartans' first state qualifier in track and field.

"I'm happy, very happy," saod Kindred, a junior. "I'll be back next year, and I'll place even higher."

2A: Jesuit wins 4x800-meter relay title 04/26/08 [Last modified: Saturday, April 26, 2008 11:18pm]
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