LAKE ASBURY - Former Bishop Snyder swim standout and trackster Kaitlyn Frost, now a Florida Gulf Coast University freshman cross country and swim athlete who just finished her first collegiate cross …
LAKE ASBURY - Former Bishop Snyder swim standout and trackster Kaitlyn Frost, now a Florida Gulf Coast University freshman cross country and swim athlete who just finished her first collegiate cross country season, had to fend off a challenge from Fleming Island High's Emma Schlotthauer, who just finished her high school cross country season with a Friday run at the Class 3A championship race in Tallahassee, as Frost won the annual Florida Striders' Hog Jog 5K cross country run in Van Zant Park in Lake Asbury on Saturday.
"Kaitlyn went down to Gulf Coast and loved it and they asked her to run cross country and she loved that," said Jack Frost, her dad, not the Christmas legend. "She will start her swim season after the holiday break."
Frost won with a 21-minute, 33-second time to fend off Schlotthauer, a 22:39.8 at state, who finished with a 22:34 in Van Zant Park. Carly Vestri, 23, was third female with a 23:36.
Frost and Schlotthauer finished fifth and sixth overall with Vestri 10th.
For the male race, 15-year-old Connor Peek took off from the start and never wavered with a winning 19:27 split in his first-ever 5K race.
"I'm never doing that again," said Peek as he lay on the ground between two trees after his win.
Justin Vestri, 26, was second for the men in 20:53 with Jacob Salazar, 17, third in 21:04.
There were 143 finishers for the event produced by 1st Place Sports of Jacksonville.
On November 23, the 40th running of the Community First Thanksgiving Distance Classic will start again at Flynn Park and finish at Pickwick Park Shopping Center with over 3,000 runners last year.