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Class 2A state track meet: Distance stars lead Jesuit boys to second

WINTER PARK — Connor Revord felt something brush his back and worried the trailing runners had tumbled like bowling pins.

The Jesuit senior turned his head and caught a glimpse of teammate Jordan Schilit during the final lap of the 1,600-meter run.

"I saw some people moving up and I tapped him," Schilit said. "I said, 'We've got to go.' "

The pair of Tigers reached deep and put together a one-two finish to pile on more team points for Jesuit. Revord had claimed his first individual state title, and as hopes of claiming a team championship began to fade, each strong distance performance made securing second place a reality.

Jesuit finished with 47 points, falling only to Monsignor Pace, which won Saturday's Class 2A state track and field meet at Showalter Field with 82.

Archbishop McCarthy was third (42), and Tallahassee Godby was fourth (40).

"I'm very satisfied because Monsignor Pace should have been Monster Pace," Jesuit coach Ray Rodriguez said with a laugh. "They were very good, every single one of them."

Jesuit's day began with a state title in the 4x800, the third time Revord ran on a state-title 4x800 relay. This time he ran with Mike McEnany, Logan Trimble and Schilit, shattering the school record by seven seconds (7 minutes, 47.87 seconds).

Schilit had talked about dropping out of the 1,600 to focus his energy on the 3,200, but after the 4x800 win he changed his mind. He claimed second place in the 1,600 and 3,200, and though he didn't win an individual title, he gave the Tigers their best chance to claim the team crown.

"We would not be grabbing a big trophy if he didn't stick his neck out and run the 1,600," Rodriguez said. "That was huge."

Revord finished second in the 800 meters, falling to Robinson senior Darrin Gibson, who claimed his first state title (1 minute, 53.38 seconds).

"On the back stretch I didn't think I had anything left," Gibson said. "I felt someone on my back shoulder, and I just kicked to stay in the lead. I did not want to lose today."

Berkeley Prep senior Auston Chen was third in the discus with a throw of 171 feet.

Robinson's 4x800 boys relay was fifth (8:06.22), and Jesuit's 4x400 finished eighth (3:25.74).

For the girls, Berkeley Prep's 4x800 relay was ninth (9:55.99). Tampa Catholic's Mari Ostrenko was 12th in the pole vault (8 feet, 6 inches), while teammate Maddi Schmidt finished 10th in the triple jump (34 feet, 11 inches). Spoto senior Shakea Kindred finished eighth in the shot put (35 feet, 11/4 inches).

Izzy Gould can be reached at izzy or (813) 226-3458.

Class 2A state track meet: Distance stars lead Jesuit boys to second 05/02/09 [Last modified: Saturday, May 2, 2009 11:38pm]
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