DyeStat IL Week in Review – March 25, 2013

Published by Mike Newman
Mar 26th 2013, 4:17pm | 19950 views

By Michael Newman


It has been quite a week in Illinois. There was more than the Illinois Top Times Championships that took place last weekend in Bloomington. There were several more top flight meets throughout the state including the beginning of the outdoor season.


Let’s take a look at some of the top meets that took place throughout Illinois…and a few that took place outside as well.


Bolingbrook / Mt. Assisi Fast Times Invitational @ Lewis University

There were so many great performances at ITT. But there was one performance that stood out from this meet.


Thornwood does not get a chance to run on the big tracks or FAT timed meets during the indoor season. But when they get the opportunity, the Thunderbirds usually take advantage of it. Such was the case Saturday at Lewis University.


Kenneth Allen (Thornwood HS, South Holland) showed that he is the guy to beat in the 3A 400 Meter Dash. With little competition to run against in this meet (Second was 52.85), Allen won the 400 Meter dash by more than three seconds running a state leading 49.31. If you think if he had fellow athletes pushing him in this meet, he could have been under 49. Allen came back to win the 200 on the tight turns of Lewis in 22.94 just ahead of teammate Dwight Johnson. Allen also anchored Thornwood to a winning 4 x 400 Meter Relay (3:31.82).


Jauan Wesley (Thornton HS, Harvey) was having a good indoor season in 2012 before hamstring problems slowed him down for the outdoor season.  Wesley looked ready to go for the outdoor season after winning at this meet. He stormed away from Torian Parks (Bremen HS, Midlothian) from the start to win the 55 Meter Dash (6.49). The time is the sixth fastest in the state. Some coaches that I have talked to have compared him to former Wildcat great Timothy Faust who was a multiple all state runner. I would have to agree with them.


The sprints were also the story in the Girls meet. Parker English (Evanston Township HS, Evanston) will be one of the athletes that we will be watching this outdoor season but last Saturday she had some unfinished business to attend to indoors. English captured three individual wins in the meet winning the Long Jump (17-1), 200 Meter Dash (25.05), and the 400 Meter Dash (56.89). Her 400 was a dominating win by close to 5 seconds over Sunshine Simon (Niles West HS, Skokie) and the fourth fastest in the state. English exacted some revenge on Elexis Fairley (Morgan Park HS, Chicago) in the 200. Earlier in the meet, Fairley had the edge in the 55 Meter Dash (7.26-7.40). English stormed away on the back straight in winning the 200 (25.05) by more than a second over the Morgan Park star.


Keep an eye on Destini Artis (Hillcrest HS, Country Club Hills) in the hurdles outdoors. She made a statement on Saturday winning the 55 Hurdles in an IL #5 8.40.


Proviso East Midwest Classic

The talk at the MSL Championships a week ago was the finishes by Conant runners in the distance races. Sophomore Zach Dale (Conant HS, Hoffman Estates) continued his surprising season in the 1600 at the Proviso West Fieldhouse Saturday. Dale broke away from Billy Thomas (Hoffman Estates HS, Hoffman Estates) in the last 400 to win the 1600 (4:23.26).


Matt Anyiwo (Homewood-Flossmoor HS, Flossmoor) dominated the 800 (2:00.01) winning by more than two seconds over Logan Means (Whitney Young HS, Chicago). Anyiwo anchored the Vikings in winning the 4 x 400 Meter Relay (3:28.69).


Corey Jefferson (Auburn HS, Rockford) will make some noise on the runways in the next few months like he did at Proviso West on Saturday. Jefferson turned in some top ten Illinois performances in winning the Long Jump (22-7 ¼, IL#9) and winning the Triple Jump (45-6, IL #10).


Cogdal Relays @ Illinois State University

Some of the athletes that competed at the Illinois Top Times Championships did some double duty in the Cogdal Relays. The two meets were within 10 minutes of each other. Logan Zeman (LaSalle-Peru HS, LaSalle) finished third in the morning at ITT in the High Jump. In the afternoon, he won the Cogdal Relays clearing 6-4.


Tyler Ginger (Olympia HS, Stanford) after win at ITT 2A Pole Vault, he said that he was more nervous about competing in the 4x4 for his school at ISU. Stanford Olympia finished second behind LaSalle-Peru in that event.


Florida State Relays

Grant Nykaza (Beecher HS, Beecher) and Patrick Perrier (O’Fallon HS, O’Fallon) traveled to Tallahassee to run some fast times outdoors at the Florida State Relays. Both came back to the snowy reaches of Illinois with some great times and new PR’s. Nykaza was down 15 meters to Mac Macoy (Vestavia Hills, AL). Nykaza charged down the final straighaway only to be out leaned by the Alabama runner at the line (9:07.38-9:07.39). Perrier ran an impressive nine second PR (9:13.14) in only his fifth outdoor race in this event ever. It will be fun to watch these student-athletes make some noise in a few weeks at Arcadia.


Southwest Illinois Relays @ Edwardsville

Before the snows slammed the southern part of the state, Edwardsville was still able to get in their relay meet at the Winston Brown Track at Edwardsville HS.  The host Tigers made a statement in the 4 x 100 relay is less than ideal weather. The quartet of Craig James, Bennett Gray, Brian Crowe, and Isaiah Michl brought the stick safely around the track running a fast 42.37 seconds.


Belleville West’s 4 x 400 Girls relay of Jasmine Berry, Imani Berry, Ni’Jia McNamee, and Tatyana Lewis started their outdoor season in style by running a swift 4:01.36 to win the race.


You can find more results at Meet Central.





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