DyeStat IL Weekend Recap – April 15, 2013

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Apr 15th 2013, 4:09pm | 20203 views

By Michael Newman


The weather in Illinois played havoc with most of the performances at track meets in the state. Because of the frigid April air, there were some meets that were cancelled (Yorkville, Aurora West, Metea Valley).


Here is a look at some of the highlights from the meets this past weekend. Bud Mohns and Bruce Ritter Invites will not be looked at but you can read about the meets from their recaps.  Ritter   Mohns


BATE Invitational @ Buffalo Grove

Alex Baker (Central HS, Crystal Lake) was named the athlete of the meet after a successful double in less than optimal conditions. Baker dueled Micah Beller (Niles North HS, Skokie) in the 3200 Meter Run before he moved away from the Niles North runner to win by five seconds (9:34.2-9:39.3). Baker came back to win the 1600 convincingly winning by eight seconds (4:26.5).


There were two other multiple event winners in this meet. Isaiah Mosier (Central HS, Crystal Lake) won the 100 Meter Dash (11.0h) and the Long Jump (21-10). Matt Dziedzic (Libertyville HS, Libertyville) was a double winner in the weight events (55-6 shot, 150-1 discus).


Bartlett Flyin’ Hawk Invitational @ Streamwood

The most exciting race of the day was the 3200 Meter Run. 3A State XC runner-up Quentin Shaffer (Prospect HS, Mt. Prospect) sprinted by Andy Philipose (Hersey HS, Arlington Hts) in the final straight for the win (9:29.50 – 9:30.03). Sophomore Paul Ifanayi (Elk Grove HS, Elk Grove Village) showed that he could be one of the top runners in the 400. He was able to hold off Trevor Ray (Lakes HS, Lake Villa) to win Saturday (50.09 – 50.39).


The track had two double winners. Aaron Everson (Bartlett HS, Bartlett) won both the 100 Meter Dash (11.18) and the 200 Meter Dash (23.23). Yemi Ogunbarneru (Thornridge HS, Dolton) won both hurdle events: the 110 Highs (14.97) and the 300 Intermediates (40.85).


Capitol City Classic @ Springfield

Perhaps the top meet of the weekend. There were great performances popping out everywhere. One of the big surprises of the day was the win by Jake Brown (Mt. Zion HS, Mt. Zion) in the 3200 Meter Run. The pre-race projections had another strong dual between Riley McInerney (Charleston HS, Charleston) and Marc Maton (Glenwood HS, Chatham) especially after the race they had at the Illinois Top Times meet in March. Brown had other ideas. The 1A XC runner-up won the race in an IL #4 9:12.33 ten seconds ahead of McInerney. The 1600 Meter Run showed the strength of McInerney as he won in an impressive 4:16.68 ahead of Johnny Leverenz (Danville HS, Danville), Brown, and Maton.


Four of the top 10 times in the state were run in the 800 Meter Run. Leverenz and Zac Justus (Pontiac HS, Pontiac) turned in the two fastest with Leverenz winning (1:56.72 – 1:57.12).


Cole Henderson (Pekin HS, Pekin) continues to show he will be one of the top sprinters in the state. On Saturday, he won the sprint double (10.84 – 21.91) holding off Malik Harrison (Springfield HS, Springfield) in both races. Harrison won in his specialty race the 400 Meter Dash. The senior has the state’s fastest time and run another time under 50 seconds (49.65) while holding off Henderson (50.15).


Josh Augusta (Peoria HS, Peoria) is the defending 2A champion in the Shot Put but has been in the shadows since his school does not participate in indoor track. He made his presence known at this meet throwing the state’s best (60-7) in winning.


Devaughn Dix (Bloomington HS, Bloomington) was the meet’s only triple winner. Dix started off his day winning the High Jump (6-2) and then controlled both hurdle races. He dominated the 110 Highs (14.69) winning by almost a second. He came back in the 300 Intermediates and ran the state’s 4th fastest time (39.71) in winning by close to almost two seconds.


Hinsdale Central Devilette Invitational

Jill Hardies (Central HS, Hinsdale) had the top performance on the track winning the 1600 Meter Run ahead of teammate Becca Marcotte (5:16.23 – 5:18.96). Freshman Aliana McCarthy (Marist HS, Chicago) jumped an IL #9 best of 5-4 in the High Jump. McKenzie Kroeschel (Oak Park-River Forest HS, Oak Park) vaulted 11-0 to win the Pole Vault (IL#5).


Homewood-Flossmoor Boys Invitational

Jack Keelan (St. Ignatius Prep, Chicago) stepped down to the 800 Meter Run on a windy afternoon in Flossmoor. Matt Aniywo (Homewood-Flossmoor HS, Homewood) outleaned Keelan to win the event (1:59.55-1:59.63).


Mike Rebeck Invitational @ Schaumburg

Shianne Baggett (Whithey Young HS, Chicago) won the 800 Meter Run holding off 400 Meter specialist Simone Carr (Glenbard North HS, Carol Stream) to win in an IL #6 (2:20.76). Carr came back 40 minutes later in the 400 Meter Dash to run the state’s second fastest time (57.61) to win by almost one second over 800 3A defending 800 champ Courtney Clayton (Hononegah HS, Rockton).


Oak Lawn Invitational

Pat McMahon (Carl Sandburg HS, Orland Park) turned in the meet’s best performance in winning the 1600 Meter Run (4:20.1) by seven seconds over 1600 all-state runner Kyle Hauser (Marist HS, Chicago). Hauser earlier in the afternoon won the 800 Meter Run (1:59.0) over Matt Hetzler (Carl Sandburg HS, Orland Park).


Dan Huff (Carl Sandburg HS, Orland Park) looked strong in winning both 110 High Hurdles (14.6h) and the 300 Meter Intermediates (40.4). Marcus Cheatom (Brother Rice HS, Chicago) established a new PR by almost a foot in winning the Shot Put (54-6).


Rock Island Girls ABC Meet

Kaylee Flanagan (Lake Park HS, Roselle) ran the second fastest time in the state in the 3200 Meter Run on Saturday winning the race (10:41.09) by 24 seconds over Maryjeanne Gilbert (Notre Dame HS, Peoria). The Peoria freshman came back to win the 1600 (5:15.57) over Samantha Montalbano (Lake Park HS, Roselle).


The story of the meet was the performance of Brenna Detra  (Richwoods HS, Peoria) as she won 4 events. She started off the day by jumping 19-0 in the Long Jump, the second longest in the state this outdoor season. She won the 100 Meter Hurdles (15,19) and then came back to win the 300 Meter Hurdles (43.99) with a state leading time. She finished her day by running the fourth fastest time in the state in the 200 Meter Dash (24.87).


Urbana Boys Open

The one thing noticed in this meet is that Jonathan Boey (MacArthur, Decatur) ran 14.95 in the 100 Meter prelims. He did not run the rest of the meet considering the cold weather. Hopefully, it is nothing serious.


Vandever Invitational @ Geneva

The distance races were the stars of the show in this co-ed meet.


Jesse Reiser (McHenry HS, McHenry) was a double winner in the Boys 3200 / 1600. In the longer race, Reiser ran away from Luke O’Connor (Jones College Prep, Chicago) to win with a state #5 best 9:19.271 by eight seconds. Reiser came back to win over teammate Calvin Quarterman in the 1600 (4:28.91).


Jamison Dale (Jones College Prep, Chicago) won the 800 in 1:58.44. His margin of victory was two seconds over Nathan Wendt (Geneva HS, Geneva).


Palatine won the Girls team title. After running the night before at Downers North, Cassidy McPherson looked great in winning the 1600 (5:21.10) by five seconds over teammate Jessica Lincoln. Cayla Wolff (Burlington Central HS, Burlington) ran the second fastest time in the state in winning the 800 (2:18.59).



Barrington Girls Invitational

A blustery Friday evening did not bother Courtney Ackerman (New Trier HS, Winnetka) in the 3200 Meter Run. The New Trier all-state runner won the event (10:45.17) by fifteen seconds over teammate Mimi Smith. Hoffman Estates has been having a good track season in the distances. Freshman Meagan Biddle won the 1600 Meter Run (5:14.60) by less than two seconds over New Trier’s Smith. The Hoffman 4 x 8 won in 9:51.46.


Brittny Ellis (Warren HS, Gurnee) was a double winner in the 400 (59.34) and the 200 (25.65). The sophomore was also a part of her school’s winning 4 x1 relay (50.18) just holding off Plainfield North by six hundredths of a second.


Banki Oginni (Hoffman Estates HS, Hoffman Estates) improved on her outdoor season best in the Shot put winning the event (44-10 ½) by ten feet. She also won the Discus (115-4).


Blue & Gold Falcon Invitational @ Wheaton North

Maya Neal (Neuqua Valley HS, Naperville) won two events in the frigid conditions Friday night at Wheaton. She won the Long Jump (18-3) and then came back to win the 100 Hurdles (15.3h).


Lindsay Graham (Glenbard East HS, Lombard) won the battle of freshman in the 1600 Meter Run. Her winning time of 5:10.9 was nearly 10 seconds ahead of Kaitlyn Ko (Buffalo Grove HS, Buffalo Grove). Ko had earlier won the 800 Meter Run (2:27.5).


Granite City Boys Invitational

Edwardsville won the team battle by 8 points over 2A power Cahokia. Their wins came from Isaiah Michl in the 110 High Hurdles (15.46), Craig James in the 200 Meter Dash (22.27) and Chad Maxwell in the 1600 (4:31.84) along with relay wins in the 4x1 (42.67) and the 4x2 (1:29.71).


This was Cahokia first of two weekend meets. They would win on Saturday at the Corey Seibert Invitational in Missouri. Ja’Mari Ward won in the Triple Jump (45-1 ½) over teammate Chris Moore. The senior won over Ward in the Long Jump (20-11) along in the 300 Meter Intermediate Hurdles (40.24). Cahokia also showed their strength winning the 4 x 4 Relay (3:25.16) and setting a meet record in the 4 x 8 Relay (8:07.51).


Justin Kretschmer (Waterloo HS, Waterloo) jumped a state best 6-9 ½ to win the High Jump. Teammate Brendan Duncan won both the Shot (57-1) and setting a meet record in the Discus (172-10).


Gus Scott Co-Ed Meet @ Naperville North

Brittney Williams (East Hs, St. Charles) moved up to the 800 Meter Run from her normal sprints events and showed she could be a force in this race as well. She ran the third fastest time in the state (2:18.97) in winning the event.


Sophomore Lauren VanVlierbergen (Jacobs HS, Algonquin) won a competitive 1600 (5:07.19) over Kimber Meyer (North HS, Naperville).


On the boys side, Oak Park-River Forest won three of the four relays contested. They did have to share the win with Waubonsie Valley in the 4x2 both given the same time (1:29.11) which is the state best so far his season.


Monticello Boys Invitational

Nick Hess (St. Thomas More HS, Champaign) won the 3200 Meter Run (9:29.28) by seven seconds over Jesse Hahne (Schlarman HS, Danville). Hess came back to win the 1600 (4:34.32) over teammate Jacob Helfrich. St. Thomas More swept the distances with Sam Powers’ win in the 800 (2:00.08).


Ryan Pearce (Villa Grove HS, Villa Grove) was a double winner in the Shot (55-9) and the Discus (158-10).


Seneca Irish Invitational

The one thing to take note in this meet was the win by Luke Hill (Marquette HS, Ottawa) in the 3200 Meter Run. He won over 1A XC Champion Grant Nykaza (Beecher HS, Beecher) by close to 30 seconds. I’m guessing that Nykaza was using the race as a training run but do not take anything away from Hill. Nykaza did come back to win the 1600 in 4:36, three seconds ahead of Hill.







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