IHSA Boys State Track & Field Championship - Coverage
Lemont High School's 4 x meter relay squad competed at the IHSA Class 3A Girls' Track and Field State Finals, which were and Julianne McClatchy was the program's first state finals relay qualifier since Lemont's best state finals performance in girls' track and field came in when . Quick Facts; State Final Time Schedule; State Final Pre-Meet Information for Schools Track & Field Bulletin; State Final Volunteer Assignments; Race at State. May 29, IHSA Boys State Track & Field Championship IL Boys State Meet: Neuqua Valley US #2 4x, Luke Winder PV Jun 2,
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This could be actually the year that we see the eight year old record that Cahokia ran The talent is there to make it happen. Two weeks ago at their own invite, they ran Right behind them is Edwardsville that ran Craig James leads a team that is capable of dipping under They have the talent to stay with these teams led by Shandall Thomas.
Bloom Township finished behind Thornton at Homewood-Flossmoor, but could be one of the surprises in this meet led by James Harriel. Bloomington is the big surprise in the under 42 group.
Their best time before the sectional meet was They will need that same kind of effort to get to the finals. York has been solid all season running Josh Farrar leads a team that could finish in the top three in the finals. Louis-Senior, Belleville West, and Minooka would all be top teams in any other year.
This year has been a special one. It could take A combination of great stick work and speed will be what all of these teams need. We will see some good teams fall because of band handoffs. My prediction for the winning final time: At Arcadia, five Illinois runners ran 9: Now we get to Charleston where we could see one heck of a Since that point, he has been running some solid races including 4: He won the Lake Park Sectional in 9: He has the strength and speed to win.
What about list leader Reiser? Two days after Perrier ran 4: Both are talented and will be up with the other three runners. No one counted on him to run 9: Will the pace be out of control at the beginning? I think we see 4: May the best man win. Will this be a Sage-like impact race that people will keep talking about many years after?
This year, his coach moved him to this race thinking that he would have a better chance at state. His coach was right as James has the fastest time in the state heading into this weekend. I would not discount session either. Ignatius College Prep, Chicago had a hip flexor injury a month ago possibly hurting his state qualifying chances.
He recovered and responded in a big way running Payton finished in He will challenge for the win. Both will be in contention for the front.
Remember, Hunt defeated Shenault twice indoors. Since that time, Shenault has gone undefeated in this race. He has not been sizzling up the track like last season with some minor injuries slowing him down. The U of I bound athlete is peaking at the right time. He won his sectional meet last week in He explodes out of the blocks which makes him tough to beat in this race.
The rest of the field is fairly close according to sectional times. Only a tenth of a second separates the second runner to the tenth runner. It will be that close this weekend. He continues to improve dropping his time down to He could be up towards the front also. He could contend for the state championship. Aniywo was close only seven tenths back. I could see the two pushing each other to even faster times this weekend.
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Bryce Richards Mundelein HS has been running in the upper 1: I could see him dropping a few more seconds this weekend putting him in contention. He finished second a year ago.
He would like to go one place higher in this meet. I would not count him out. Matt Plowman York HS, Elmhurst has the fourth fastest list time this season and could be a threat in this race. He only had to run 1: Blaine Bartel Geneva HS could be a surprise in this race after his sectional winning 1: I think we will see a time between 1: A time that early in the season is something to take seriously.
The Saxons have not been pushed since that point and will be one of the teams to watch in this meet. Seven teams qualified from that meet in this event. They have a team that will be in contention for the championship. They have run a full second faster when they load this relay.
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I could see them in front also. Edwardsville and Belleville West pushed each other to times in the 1: Both teams have talent to push under 1: The Dukes have been experimenting with different lineups heading into this meet. I would watch for them. DeKalb was a big surprise winning their sectional in 1: Keep an eye on them. That changed at the sectional meet competition when seven 3A athletes dipped below 49 seconds.
Lemont’s 4 x 400 relay squad competes at IHSA Girls’ Track and Field State Finals
Chris Wilson Minooka HS finished in You can expect all four of these runners to be in the finals. Will anyone catch Montgomery? He looked easy running that fast of a time. Anyiwo ran an incredible Klamm also won his sectional race Louis-Senior HS both were under 49 seconds at their sectional meet. Watch for them to challenge for the finals. Ignatius Prep Outlook — Hard to say who the favorite is in this event.
Conor Dunham ran the best 3A sectional time You can expect both to be in the mix for the front on Saturday. Edwardsville could get some big points in this event. Both Isaiah Michl and Craig James have times that are ranked in the top five.
All three could finish in the top seven in the state finals. Three runners are at 4: An incredible 30 are faster than 4: It has been decades that we have seen those kinds of numbers for this event. When we get to the state meet, the big issue will be doubling. Last year that was a major problem since the schedule was put on hyper drive. With no rain evident in the forecast for Saturday, the time issue may not come into play. Johnny Leverenz qualified in this event and will be doubling back from the That could be one of the toughest doubles you can experience.
I think Leverenz would be up to the challenge. I would not factor any of these runners out of winning this race. You then have to look at a few of the runners that will be running this race fresh. Remember last year, Jack Keelan came back from a double to win this event, but Garrett Lee and Zack Smith were fresh and finished Ignatius Prep, Chicago could play an impact in this race. Both runners have dipped below 4: Bashqawai ran a comfortable 4: He has run 4: I would not count them out.
I think it takes under 4: You might have to run 4: That was the case for Cary Lockhart at the Edwardsville Sectional when he nipped 3A champion Cole Henderson by three hundredths of a second. Henderson should have the advantage at state, He has the experience of going through this. This is the first state meet for Lockhart. Just like that sectional race, anything can happen. Josh Farrar is peaking at the right time. He is only four hundredths behind the best time in the state.
He could score some big team points for the Dukes. Kahmari Montgomery looked great in running He will also challenge for the race win. I like Top Times regardless. Another concern voiced by a couple of coaches … this would change the entire dynamic of the Sectional.
Instead of a focus on qualifiers, we will now have to split our focus between qualifiers and team points. Sectional champs win because they are powerhouses. The team meet is a bonus, not the prize. Are there ever enough moments like this? Would one more great meet hurt? Every event will have terrific athletes. Every heat will be fast. In some ways the competition may be more consistent than the state meet.
The vision has been presented. The proposal is written. If the IHSA gives us a chance to try it, we will make it good. The meet will evolve into something special. Someday the IHSA will want it for their own. Our sport has never been covered properly by the media but Twitter has changed all of that. If you are not on Twitter, you have probably not seen my three most recent articles.
Make sure you give yourself time if you choose to read them. Each is like reading a chapter in a book. The Sprint-Based Football article is a good one to pass on to your football coaches … especially if you are one of those passive-aggressive track coaches. Send this to your Neanderthal football friend and watch him get all worked up. I truly believe the concepts outlined in the article will be the future of football.
I also believe sprint-based football is good for kids which sometimes gets ignored. Lou is a very cool guy. I literally depressed myself in writing the article, trying to be honest and reflective. The picture moved me. My tweet accompanying the picture … I wish more track meets looked like this.
As my year old body was chugging through a mid-day jog, my mind got creative.