Leo’s Britton blazes to state leading time in High Hurdles at CCL

Published by Mike Newman
Mar 18th 2013, 12:43pm | 17754 views
The finish of the 55 Meter High Hurdles at the CCL Championship. Marlon Britton (center) of Leo Catholic won the race in a new state leading time of 7.47 seconds. Chad Weaver clearing 15-0 at the CCL Indoor Championships. It looks like Chad Weaver successfully had cleared 15-8. Two seconds after he landed in the pit, the bar came down. Jack Keelan finishing the 3200 Meter Run at the CCL Championships.

By Michael Newman


Chicago, Ill --- The Chicago Catholic League has some of the top hurdlers in the state. Sunday’s conference championship at the Henry Crown Fieldhouse on the campus of the University of Chicago demonstrated just that. In the prelims, Marlon Britton (Leo Catholic HS) led all the qualifiers with an IL#3 time of 7.59. Close behind was Andrew Helmin (Providence Catholic HS, New Lenox) and Joe Morrow (Hales Franciscan HS).


The final did not disappoint. Helmin, Britton, and Morrow were in lanes in the middle of the track. Britton got off to a fast start and got over cleanly on the first three hurdles. Towards the end of the race, he was drifting to his right while Helmin drifted to his left. They did not make contact thank goodness. Britton crossed the line in 7.47 just ahead of Morrow 7.60 and Helmin’s 7.61. Morrow’s time is tied for fourth in the state.


“My coach (Ed Adams) told me that I needed a great start because the Catholic league has some great hurdlers,” Britton said. “I needed to have a clean race. I didn’t think I was going to run that fast. I have not run in too many meets that have FAT timing.”


St. Ignatius dominated the team competition scoring 117 points to win the Catholic League Championship over De La Salle who had 58 points. 60 of the Wolfpack points came in the distances as they swept all 4 races. They started out the afternoon winning the 4 x 800 Meter Relay (8:35.72). Andrew Reardon and Taylor Dugas, both on the relay, came back to go 1-2 in the 800 Meter Run with Reardon winning in 2:03.65.


The other two distance wins went to Jack Keelan. In the 3200 Meter Run, Keelan and teammate Chris Korabik broke away from Pat Yerkes (Fenwick HS, Oak Park) with 5 laps to go. Keelan cruised in with an effortless 9:35 win. Korabik finished second in 9:38 lowering his PR by 15 seconds.


The two came back in the 1600. Keelan took the lead and held throughout even though he has some pressure from Yerkes half way through the race. Keelan finished in 4:24 almost four seconds ahead of his Fenwick rival. Korabik finished fourth.


“I’m ready for outdoors,” Keelan said. “Arcadia’s in three weeks. We even went into this week with some heavier training. I have three weeks to get at it and then to head west.”


St. Ignatius also received a first place in an individual event with Chris Hawkins winning the Long Jump (21-1).


St. Rita dominated the sprints in this meet. In a tight 55 Meter final where the top four finishers were within four hundredths of each other, Julian Crum just edged out Matt Domer (Mt. Carmel HS) 6-56.6.57 to capture the win. Later in the afternoon, Treston Forbes won the 200 Meters in 22.75. Again, it was Domer who finished second. In between, St. Rita won the 4 x 200 Meter Relay from the second of three sections in 1:33.02 and over a second ahead of Leo Catholic.


Mike Monroe (Providence Catholic HS, New Lenox) was one of headline athletes in the field events. He cleared 6-6 to win the High Jump. That performance was just 1” short of his seasonal best. He made three attempts at 6-9. The third attempt was his best but he just nipped the crossbar.


“I did not get to 6-6 until my third try. I guess I did not have my head on today,” said Monroe. “I need competition to jump high. I definitely need to work on my snap. The back of my heels were too close.”


Chad Weaver came into the competition at the Pole Vault when there was only one vaulter remaining at 14-0. The Providence senior cleared it on his first time. He had the bar moved to 15-0 feet and cleared that on his third attempt. He then had the bar moved to 15-8 to up his PR by an inch. His best attempt was his last one at that height. He thought that he had cleared it, but the bar came off.


“The third one I was feeling it. I thought I was totally over it,” said Weaver. “As I was coming down, I scraped it a little. It came down two seconds after I was on the mat.”


Weaver has one less thing to worry about now after he signed to attend school at Southern Illinois University. He has a busy outdoor season ahead of him.

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Thanks Mike--great recap.
Thanks Mike--great recap.
Thanks Mike--great recap.
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