ST. PETERSBURG — No Josh Burch. No problem for Admiral Farragut.
The Blue Jackets found out in the weeks leading up to the Class A, District 11 meet that they would be without Burch, a former state champion in the long jump who is nursing a pulled hamstring.
The loss of Burch was a blow for Farragut. But it hardly spelled doom.
With depth that is the envy of other district teams, the Blue Jackets overwhelmed their boys' competition, winning their 11th straight district title Friday with 255 points, 125 more than Shorecrest.
"The big thing with districts is you want to get everyone through," Farragut coach Phil Barnhill said. "We were able to do that and had a pretty good showing in all areas."
The Blue Jackets wasted no time taking control, winning every field event and having two of the top three placewinners in all but one.
Michael Pitts was the surprise for Farragut, taking first in the shot put (40 feet, 8 inches) and discus (130-7). Teammate Rayshawn Jenkins won the long jump (19-3¾) to start a stellar day in which he also took first in the 110-yard hurdles (15.33 seconds), 300 hurdles (42.71) and ran a leg on the winning 4x100 relay (45.43).
The Blue Jackets' other champion in multiple events was Blake Arnold, who won the 1,600 (4 minutes, 58.10 seconds) and 3,200 (11:11.69).
Shorecrest's Philip Tylman won the 200 (24.37) and 400 (53.49).
On the girls side, the host Crusaders used their numbers to beat Shorecrest 225 to 136.5.
Keswick Christian was the only school to have participants in the pole vault and took the top three spots. The Crusaders also finished 1-2-3 in the high jump.
"We just had more depth than anyone else," Keswick coach Fred Meinke said. "We had at least three, four girls place high in nearly every event. It was just attrition by numbers."
The Crusaders' Tori Halle won the shot put (33-3½) and finished second in the discus (105-0). Teammate Hannah Palm took first in the triple jump (31-6½) and second in the 400 (1:01.47).