WESLEY CHAPEL — Kristi Frye never got comfortable. She rarely stopped moving around and confessed to being unable to quell the butterflies in her stomach.
But Jessica Furst and Kirsten Fee could.
Running their best times of the year, Furst and Fee helped Wesley Chapel finally pull away from South Lake on Thursday night to capture the Class 3A, District 7 title on the Wildcats' home track.
Furst won the 3,200 — the second-to-last event of the night — and Fee was second. Shelby Deloach added a sixth-place finish to give the Wildcats 15 more points in the event than runnerup South Lake, rendering the final event moot.
Wesley Chapel finished with 151 points to capture its seventh consecutive district title, while South Lake had 131, and Ridgewood finished third with 82 points.
The Wildcats got standout performances from Jasmine Pleasant (wins in the 100, 200 and 4x100) and Jeani Ducos (wins in the discus and shot put). And they advanced all three relay teams.
The boys competition was not so close, as South Lake ran away with the title by scoring 203 points. Wesley Chapel was second (122), and Land O'Lakes (111) took third.
Felix Soto had the best meet among the locals, winning the 1,600 and 3,200 races while anchoring the 4x800 winners for the Gators.
Wesley Chapel's Jeff Webster swept both hurdles races, comfortably winning both, and Ridgewood's Charlie Minichino (shot put) and Wesley Chapel's Kamron Joyer (discus) scored wins in the field events.
But the Eagles boasted a wealth of speed that overwhelmed the field.
Three years ago when the Eagles were in the district with Pasco County, Wesley Chapel coach Brian Colding said, the team that wasn't all that competitive. The addition of a slew of football players changed that.
South Lake took the top three spots in 100 and the 400, and it finished first, third and fourth in the 200.
Jeffrey Demps, who will play football for the Florida Gators next year and ran a 10.17 two weeks ago, smoked the rest of the field in the 100 (10.42) and jogged to a 22.49 time in winning the 200.
John C. Cotey can be reached at (813) 909-4612 or firstname.lastname@example.org.