Evangelical Christian freshman Kylie Rullo told her sprints coach Jamal Davis that she would break the 400-meter record before the final at the District A-11 meet at ECS.
Rullo appeared to have her doors blown off on the back stretch as Seacrest sophomore Anna Feins took an early lead. But Rullo ran her race and responded with a huge kick with 150 meters left crossing the line in 59.52.
It was Rullo’s first time under 60 seconds and it broke the ECS school record of just over one minute.
“I’ve been striving to break a minute this whole season, this is great,” Rullo said.
In Rullo’s first year of track, head coach Brian Patrick said he isn’t surprised with how well she’s performed.
“She’s a good athlete and that’s the bottom line,” Patrick said. “She will run anything you ask her to and that makes her a very strong athlete.”
The ECS girls won their third consecutive district title with 178 points, Community School of Naples was second with 133.
Oasis Charter placed sixth with 30 points, Canterbury was eighth with 23 points and SFCA was ninth with six points.
“We’ve got a well rounded group,” Patrick said. “We keep bringing girls in as we graduate seniors. Those seventh, eighth and ninth graders are actually scoring us points.”
ECS junior Abby Lunsford qualified for four events at next week’s regional at Shorecrest Prep, placing second in the triple jump (31-08), third in the shot put (28-05), fourth in the 800-meter run (2:36.45) and running a leg on the district champion 4×800 relay team.
Her younger brother, William, won the 800-meter run (2:07.50) and was a part of the second place 4×800 relay team.
“It feels really great to qualify,” said William, a sophomore. “I’ve been really trying to push it hard this season and really get in the low 2 minute range.”
Oasis Charter senior Toby Williams won the 110-meter hurdles title at 15.33, Oasis junior Josh Slager was fourth in the 300-meter hurdles (45.11) earning a spot in the regional.
Moore Haven won the boys title with 186 points and Community School of Naples was second with 100 points.
ECS had the best finish among Lee County schools with 70 points for fifth place. Oasis was seventh with 38 and Southwest Florida Christian was eighth with 15.