The District 3A-11 cross country championship Friday played out a lot like last week’s county meet. Fort Myers’ Emily Edwards and Tyler Bennett set course records at the Estero Community Park after finishing in first place for the second consecutive week there, and the undefeated Estero girls cross country team won another district title.
But then came the drama.
The top five runners for the Estero and Fort Myers boys teams finished with a total of 43 points, leaving the district championship up to a tiebreaker. This deciding factor was dependent on how well the sixth-place runner for each schools finished. Freshman Jake Comisar of Estero proved to be the best sixth runner. He finished in 16th place with a time of 18:16 to win his team the championship.
“It felt really good, it means a lot,” Comisar said.
“This is the first time I’ve ever won a meet for our team, and I couldn’t have done it without coach (Jeff) Sommer and my team,” Comisar said.
After the winning team was announced, the Estero boys team paid homage to Comisar.
“I got a lot of hugs, my teammates told me I did an awesome job and that they couldn’t have done it without me; It was an awesome feeling. I’ve never felt something like that before,” Comisar said.
“It’s so exciting because we really try to teach team at Estrero and everybody’s important no matter what number you are and this is a great example,” Sommer said. “It’s even more exciting because he’s a freshman. He came in and made a big difference.
Bennett won the race for Fort Myers, with the team advancing along with Estero to the Region 3A Meet next Saturday. Kenny Hernandez and Anthony Milana will represent Ida Baker in the meet after finishing in 9th and 10th, respectively.
In the Girls race, University of Alabama commit Edwards edged out Estero senior Araceli Leon in the final leg of the course. The big move was made by the water bank heading toward the sand pits before the finish line after the two were neck and neck for almost the entire race.
“I knew I had to go before the sand pit because I knew she was stronger there,” Edwards said.
“I knew that if I got a head start there, I could secure the lead,”
Edwards finished with a course-record time of 19:06.2 and Leon came in second with a time of 19:21.3.
“I was happy with her (Leon), she went with Emily as long as she could,” Sommer added.
“Emily’s a state champion and a stud and anytime any of my kids are able to go with a stud, I am ecstatic for them.”
The Estero, Fort Myers, North Fort Myers and Ida Baker girls teams will all represent Lee County in the regional meet. Breeana Salcedo (Cypress Lake), who took fifth place and Leanne Ellis (Island Coast) will go to regionals individually.