DyeStat IL Weekend Highlights – March 18, 2013

Published by Mike Newman
Mar 18th 2013, 5:50pm | 16552 views

By Michael Newman


What words can choose to describe what happened in Illinois high school track & field over the last weekend? Performances that the athletes of Illinois produced are not supposed to happen this early in the year. We expect performances like this when we get closer to the state meet in May, not in the middle of March.


I have been following high school track & field in the state of Illinois for close to thirty-seven years. In that time, I have not seen as a wild of two days that we have experienced here.


Too many great venues over the weekend that were holding track meets. Every field house that had a meet this past weekend was the place to be. Not one was better than the next. When you have national class efforts popping at you from one place to the next, it boggles the imagination.


Let’s take a look at the meets around the state this weekend. I was at the DuPage Valley Girls Conference, WSC-Silver Boys Meet, the Boys and Girls MSL Meet, and the Chicago Catholic League Meets. You can find all the write-ups on DyeStat IL. You can also find a piece on the fabulous races that Emma Fisher and Madeline Perez had on Friday evening.


Lockport Invitational

Have you ever been to a track meet and they have stopped all the action on the track so the crowd could watch just one individual? That was the case at Lockport on Saturday morning. Luke Winder (Central HS, Plainfield, IL) was the only athlete left in the Pole Vault as he had the bar raised to 16-10. He was going for the indoor school record held by his brother. He made it. The place went up for grabs. Winder, only a junior, not only set a school record but also set an all-time Illinois best indoors.


He had three great attempts at 17-2. That height will have to wait for next time. We still have a season and a half for this talented athlete to make records…which he will. The height that he cleared did not matter on this day.


“The process is everything. Technique precedes height!” Winder said “I can’t thank the Lord enough for the opportunities that he has given me!”


Gene Armer Invitational @ U OF I Armory

While the meet was stopping up in Lockport, Adam Coulon (Tri Valley HS, Downs) was on the runway going after history of his own. He had just defeated Tyler Ginger (Olympia HS, Stanford) after Ginger went out after clearing 15-0. Coulon had the bar raised to 15-6 ½. Why that height? It would be the national record for freshman at an indoor venue. Coulon did not disappoint the fans when he cleared the height. This freshman is one special athlete. The records that Winder sets will probably be erased by Coulon. Only time will tell if that happens.


Meanwhile in the girls meet, Sarah Bell (Bloomington Central Catholic HS, Bloomington) and Julia Junkroski (Lincoln-Way East HS, Frankfort) were having a battle of their own. Competition pushes us to new extremes and that is what happened inside of the Armory for this event. Bell won the competition clearing 13-1 ½. The performance is the fifth best in the United States indoor this season. It is also tied her with Emily Grove (Pontiac HS, Pontiac) and the 13-1 ½ that she cleared in 2010 as the highest indoor vaults in IL state history. Junkroskifinished off the day clearing 12-7. That puts her at a tie for 7th all time in the state. The same comparison used on the boy’s side can be use here. Bell is not done setting records in her final year. But Junkroski, only a sophomore, is waiting in the wings to top those.


Emmonnie Henderson (Edwardsville HS, Edwardsville) has been setting records of her own already this season. At Saturday’s meet, she opened up the competition in the Shot Put with a put of 47-6. No one was going to touch her on this day. The previous week, she set the new all time indoor nark in Illinois at the Charleston Invitational going 48-9. She upped that mark on Saturday extending her record to an amazing 49-1. That puts her currently #3 in the country.


The action on the track was just as hot as it was in the field events. With Aailyah Brown (Lincoln-Way East HS, Frankort) not participating in the individual events, it was her teammate Alexis Hyshaw’s turn to step in the spotlight. Hyshaw recorded the third fastest time in the state and #28 in the United States when she stormed to a 7.65 win in the 60 Meter Dash. Elexis Fairley (Morgan Park HS, Chicago) finished second.


Hyshaw was just as fast in the 200 Meter Dash. The junior ran the fifth fastest time in the state when she ran 25.17 to win the event. Illinois Elite club teammate Kayla Hylton (Lincoln-Way North HS, Frankfort) finished second behind Hyshaw.


Lincoln-Way East suffered a rare set back in the 4 x 200 Meter Relay. Not running their normal quartet, the Griffins took second to a strong Danville team (1:44.68) anchored by their star Alexis Jamison-Miller. Danville’s time is the second fastest in the state nearly five seconds behind the time that the Lady Griffins achieved at New York a couple of weeks ago. Jamison Miller’s day was not over. She came back and dominated the 55 Meter Hurdles running the second fastest time in the state and 12th nationally in 8.64 seconds. Jamison-Miller also won the 400 Meter Dash (59.39).


Reggie Bratton (Jacksonville HS, Jacksonville) lit up the track on the Boys side in the 55 Meter Dash. The defending 2A 100 Meter champion sprinted to an IL #2 time of 6.95 seconds ahead of Julian Hylton (Lincoln-Way North HS, Frankfort). Jonathan Boey (MacArthur HS, Decatur) defeated Bratton two weeks ago at the Jacksonville Invitational. He may look for payback this weekend in Bloomington.


There were some good performances in the distance races as well. Marcello Burbano (Lane Tech HS, Chicago) won the 3200 Meter Race running a 9:25.36 PR and IL#9 time. 2A’s Marc Maton (Glenwood HS, Chatham) finished second eight seconds back.


In the 1600 Meter Run, Caleb Beck (Oswego HS, Oswego) continued his winning ways this season as he ran 4:20.03 to hold off Johnny Leverenz (Danville HS, Danville) by four seconds. Beck’s time is third fastest in Illinois this season.

Pablo Hutsalyuk (Lane Tech HS, Chicago) may have been the surprise winner of the day in the 800 Meter Run.  The sophomore won the 800 Meter Run in a PR 1:58.82 which is ninth fastest in the state. Pre-race favorite Sam Welbourne (Jerseyville HS, Jersey finished second (2:00.25).


Charleston Boys Invitational

Just an hour down the road from Champaign, some of the top boy’s athletes were showing what they had in the Boys Invitational on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. The meet is divided up into two sessions: one for Class A in the morning and then 2A & 3A schools take over the track in the afternoon.


The story of the morning session was Kyle Landon (Chester HS, Chester). The defending 1A champion came to Charleston with his eyes set on improving on the 6-10 that he cleared at the beginning of the month at Carbondale. He did in a big way.

Landon cleared 7-0 to easily win the event. It also tied him for #1 in the United States with Logan Brittan (Randall TX). Brittan has already cleared 7-3 outdoors! Landon also won the Long Jump (21-5 ½) and finished third in the Triple Jump (41-0 ¼).


Two distance performances highlighted the small school meet on the track. Blake Hale (Robinson HS, Robinson) established a new state #1 in the 800 in running 1:56.94. What was more impressive is he ran that race solo winning by more than seven seconds to George Gunter (Urbana University HS, Urbana). Grant Nykaza (Beecher HS, Beecher) easily won the 1600 Meter Run by more than eight seconds over Connor Ehnle (Tremont HS, Tremont). Nykaza’s time of 4:20.20 is fifth fastest this indoor season in Illinois.


The large school competition in the afternoon had its share of surprises. Jonathan Boey (MacArthur HS, Decatur) had the fastest prelim time in the 55 Meter Dash (6.42) just ahead of Cole Henderson (Pekin HS, Pekin). In the finals, it was all the junior from Pekin as he handed Boey his first setback of the indoor season winning in 6.45 seconds. Boey finished third behind Kendrick Lewis (East St. Louis-Sr HS, East St. Louis). Boey did rebound by winning the 200 Meter Dash (22.45).


Maybe just as close of a race was that in the 55 Meter High Hurdles. Donnie (DJ) Duncan (Harrisburg HS, Harrisburg) just nipped Marcus Greer (East St. Louis-SR, East St. Louis) in winning 7.55 to 7.58. It should be a great battle outdoors between these two 2A standouts.


Darren Payton (Cahokia HS, Cahokia) recorded the second fastest time in the state in winning the 800 Meter Run (1:57.06) and two seconds ahead of Nathyn Allyn (MacArthur HS, Decatur). Cahokia also had a great day passing the baton winning all three relays.


Riley McInerney (Charleston HS, Charleston) matched the time of Nykaza in the morning session to win the 1600 Meter Run in 4:20.13 (IL #4). Chris Martin (Mascoutah HS, Mascoutah) and Jake Brown (Mt. Zion HS, Mt. Zion) finished second and third behind McInerney.


Upstate Eight Conference @ Batavia

This conference meet is run over two days with the Girls competition leading it off on Friday evening. Neuqua Valley won the team competition behind the strong performances of their two star athletes Savannah Carson and Maya Neal. Both athletes started their meet off with a bang in the Long Jump. Carson won the Long Jump with the fifth longest performance in the country (19-3 ¾). Neal was close behind in second jumping 18-10 ½. That puts her third in the state and thirteenth in the country.


Carson dominated in the sprints winning the 55 and 200 Meter Dashes. Her time of 7.13 is just off of her seasonal best of 7.07 that she ran in December. She did win by more than three tenths of a second. She won the 200 by nipping teammate Neal by seven hundredths of a second (25.63-25.70). Neal recorded a state #7 time in winning the 55 Meter Hurdles (8.43).


Kaylee Flanagan (Lake Park HS, Roselle)was by herself in both the 1600 & 3200 Meter Runs. Leading from the gun in both races, Flanagan won the 3200 (10:49.09) by 37 seconds over Allison Wilson (Waubonsie Valley HS, Aurora). She came back to run 5:03.75 for a IL #4 win in the 1600.


Lake Park won the boys title but this time with a different twist. Scott Filip took time away from the horizontal jumps at this meet but still dominated. The senior won the 55 Meter Dash with a PR of 6.54. The time is ranked #10 in the state. He came back and won the 200 (23.25) in a photo finish with sophomore Bryce Petty (Bartlett HS, Bartlett). Filip did dabble in the field events. He won the High Jump in an indoor PR of 6-7. It ties him for #7 in Illinois.

The void of Filip in the jumps was filled by teammate Marcus Jegede. He had a super day on the runway winning the Long Jump (23-1 ¼) which is #4 in Illinois and #20 in the country. He came back and won the Triple Jump (47-7 ½) by four inches over teammate Shawn Koch. Jegede’s effort is ranked #2 in the state in this event behind Koch.


The hot performance in the distances was in the 1600 Meter Run. Even though the time was 4:31.47 and is ranked #58 in Illinois, the run by Connor Horn (Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville) needs to be noted. Only a freshman, he is rated #3 in the class of 2016 in the United States in the 1600 Meter Run indoors.


Central Suburban-South Girls Meet

It seems like this meet was run a longtime ago but it was only last Thursday. Courtney Ackerman (New Trier HS, Winnetka) made her 2013 debut with a huge splash. Her time of 4:56.70 is the fastest time in the state. You need to realize that the track is small (160 Meters per lap) and does not allow spikes. If will be interesting to see what she does outdoors.


Her sister Jessica cannot be left out of this recap. She won the 800 Meter run by over eleven seconds running 2:17.0, a time that ranks #4 in Illinois.


DuPage Valley Boys

The boy’s teams took over the Res-Rec Center at North Central College on Friday night. The big eye popper performance was the 4x 200 Meter Relay that Wheaton North achieved. Their time of 1:30.04 is the fastest in the state this year by more than a second over Edwardsville. Spearheading that team is Zach Gordon. The senior had a great night anchoring that relay team, winning the 55 Meter Dash (6.48) which is #5 in the state. He also wins the Long Jump in 22-6.


One sprinter to watch outdoors is Sam Bransby (Central HS, Naperville). He won the 400 in 51.19. His 200 time of 22.51 fantastic.  That performance is #4 in the state.


Nolan McKenna (Wheaton-Warrenville South HS, Wheaton) is one runner that we should watch in the 3200 outdoors. In the meet Friday night, he ran his IL#4 time of 9:18.24 was run solo. Watch for him to go under 9:10 outdoors.


Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference

Another boys High Jumper over 6-7 in the state? It’s true. Logan Zeman (LaSalle-Peru HS, LaSalle) achieved that in this meet and puts him tied for #7 in the state. Dion Hooker (Sycamore HS, Sycamore) won the 60 Meter Dash with a IL #7 in Illinois.

Skyler Bollinger (Yorkville HS, Yorkville) got the points that her team needed Saturday afternoon. She ran with teammate Casey Kramer to go 1-2 in the 3200 (11:26.11). Kramer was awarded the win.  Bollinger came back and won the 1600 (5:10.67) by six seconds over Kelsey Schrader (DeKalb HS, DeKalb).


GCAC @ University of Chicago

St. Ignatius dominated the team competition with an easy win. The performer of the meet was Hannah Cohn (St. Ignatius Prep, Chicago).  The freshman won all three sprints. She started running 7.27 in winning the 55. She came back to win the 400 in 59.92. She ended her day winning the 200 Meter Dash (25.83).


What should be noted is that she missed the meet record by only a couple of tenths set by Regina George, an all time Illinois High school great. Considering she is ONLY a freshman, big things are ahead for Cohn.


North of the Border...

Several Illinois teams headed to Wisconsin for meets on Friday and Saturday. Some of the athletes came back with great performances.


At the Lake Michigan Invitational at Carthage College, Britney Ellis (Warren HS, Gurnee) completed a great triple. She started off winning the 55 Meter Dash. Her time of 7.13 is rated #3 in Illinois. In the 400 Meter Dash, the sophomore dominated the race winning in 56.51, also an IL#3. She finished her day winning the 200 in an IL #7.


Elle Palacios (Mundelein HS, Mundelein) ran 11:32 early in the year at a quad meet at WW South. On Friday night, she won the 3200 in 10:59.12. She is the eighth runner in the state that has run 11 minutes or faster in the 3200.


The Boys meet produced some great performances as well. Jonathan Wells (Grant HS, Fox Lake) upped his PR in the High Jump for the second week in a row clearing 6-10. That performance puts him #3 in the state. Teammate Brandon Lombardino increased his lead as the top Shot Put athlete in the state. For the first time in his career, Lombardino had a put over 60 feet going 61-1 ½. That distance ranks him #7 in the country.

Leroy Chapman (Antioch HS, Antioch) finished second behind Sam Tiahnybik (Catholic Memorial HS WI) in the 400 Meter Dash. Chapman’s time of 50.05 is the fastest time in the state.


Evanston Township won the 4 x 400 Meter Relay in 3:28.31. Lakes was close behind with an IL#5 3:28.78. Third place was Chicago Brooks (3:30.43, IL #9).


At the Nelson Daniels Classic Saturday on the campus of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Jones College Prep ventured north and left with some great performances. Jamison Dale won the 1600 Meter Run (4:17.98) with teammate Luke O’Connor second (4:22.76).  Dale’s time is the second fastest in Illinois.


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