Wednesday afternoon seemed like a wonderful day for running three laps around the Trinity Prep course, until the sky opened up and unleashed tremendous amounts of rain onto the course. Through patience and great work, Trinity Prep waited out the rain storm and got the meet under way.
Prior to the start of the girls’ varsity race, the weather seemed nice. The clouds covered the sun, allowing the girls to get off to a cooler start than typical Florida meets. About half-way through the race was when the rain started dropping in buckets. As most spectators took cover from the rain, girls with soaked uniforms began crossing the finish line, starting with Lauren Gillespy of Father Lopez Catholic School in 20:32.28. Oviedo’s Caroline Jackson took second in 21:05.10, helping her team easily win the team title for this meet, 25-84 over University High School. Due to a lightning alert, about half of the girls were pulled out of this race for their safety. Once all the girls either finished or were pulled out of the race, a delay was announced to allow the storm to pass by.
After 30 minutes of waiting around for the rain to end, it was announced that the varsity boys’ race would begin shortly. The race set off with the athletes fighting the soggy ground and extreme humidity that followed the long rainfall. It was clearly a two man race in the front between Oviedo’s Justin Schanze and Daniel Salas of Trinity Prep. Salas stayed a few steps behind Schanze and kept his eye on him until the final mile when he took over the lead and never looked back. Salas won with a time of 17:09.07 with Schanze coming in just over 6 seconds later in 17:15.22. Trinity Prep pulled out the team win 28-37 over Oviedo.
The last race of the day was a combined boys and girls JV run. For the boys, Trinity Prep’s Jesse Millson came in first with a very impressive 18:13.34, beating out all but two of the varsity runners from the race before. Haley Bolt of Oviedo was the top JV girl finisher in 24:27.52.
This set an end to the evening at Trinity Prep, showing teams where they stand against local competition heading toward the half-way point of the cross country regular season.