Chiles senior Michael Phillips must love the cool mountain air or hilly terrain that North Carolina has to offer. In October, Phillips was second at Great American to Dalton Hengst of Maryland in a state leading time of 14:58.20. A month later he won his second consecutive 3A state championship. Saturday in nearby Charlotte, North Carolina, the standout harrier was second at Foot Locker South in his second sub 15 minute time of the season, 14:59.64. He was 18th in 2016.
Florida had two other guys right on the cusp of cracking that top ten and a trip to San Diego. Belen Jesuit senior Joshua Collins was 12th while Bishop Kenny senior Nathan Jubran was 14th. 4A state champion Benjamin Hartvigsen of Sarasota gave the Sunshine State a strong five as he placed 29th.