Morgan Park wins a rare state trophy for any CPS boys track teams by finishing 3rd at the Class 2A boys track state meet. The Mustangs finished with 44 points to finish 3rd behind state champion Cahokia and 2nd place Geneseo.
4x8- Northside runs an 8:35 with 2 sophs, 1 junior, and a senior. Lake View: 8:40.38.
4x1 - Phillips, Morgan Park, Urban Prep all advance to finals. MP's runs prelims top time 42.03.
100- David Munson(sr) of Phillips and William Fleming(sr) of Urban Prep both advance. Both made it to finals last year in same event. Rommel Clark(so) of Dunbar is just out despite running an 11.00. You might seem more of Clark in the future as he is only a sophomore.
800- Eduardo Rodriguez(jr) of LIndblom makes the finals after running a 1:58.26. 2:01 for Northside junior Alex Ortiz(jr).
4x200- Phillips, Morgan Park, and Urban Prep all qualify for the finals. All three teams are looking to score big points in tomorrow's finals. Those 3 teams are looking to make the CPS proud in tomorrow's finals.
300 meter hurdles- Justin Washington(sr) of Northside qualifies with a big time 39.80.
1600 - Danny Rosen(sr) makes it to the finals with 4:23. Finishes 3rd in heat.
200- The CPS gets 3 to the finals as Kendall Joiner(sr) and Greg Howell(sr) of Morgan Park and David Munson(sr) of Phillips advance.
Long Jump- Sophomore Xavier Taylor(so) leaps a 22-3 to qualify for the finals. Marks carry over to the 2nd day. His 22-3 is the 2nd best mark of prelims.
Morgan Park leads the CPS with 3 individuals and 2 relays advancing in tomorrow's finals. Morgan Park has an opportunity to make a big impression for their school and the CPS tomorrow.
Jeremiah Davis(sr) of Collins advanced out of prelims and to the finals in the 400 meter and the 200 meter dash at the IHSA Class A Boys State Track Meet today at EIU.
Davis is the 100 meter and 200 meter CPS champion. He was a pre-meet favorite to qualify for state in the 100 meter but false started in sectionals and was DQ'd. Thankfully he was entered in the 200 and 400 meter. He qualified for the finals in the 200 with the fastest time in prelims with a time of 22.23. That was big considering he only had a short rest after running the 400 prelims just 3 events before the 200.
Davis is trying to make Collins school history by becoming the first athlete to win state in any event at the boys state track meet. The highest Collins runner to finish at state was Jerry Lewis's 2nd place finish in the 800 meter dash at the 1980 class AA state meet.
Returning all-state 100 meter sprinter William Fleming(sr) look to score more points at the Class 2A state boys track meet this year.
Urban Prep got a taste of the state finals last year when William Fleming finished 7th in the 100 meter dash and their 4x200 relay team finished 6th. Urban Prep expect Fleming and the 4x200 to advance to the finals again this year. In addition they ran a 42.52 in the 4x100- which is the 2nd fastest time to come out of all state wide class 2A sectionals. They also qualified for the state meet in the 4x400, 400, and have a 2nd qualifier in the 100.
The 4x100 will likely be the CPS's top event in this week's Class 2A state prelims at EIU. Morgan Park has the top qualifying time, Urban Prep second, and Phillips is 4th. All ran faster times in sectionals in the 4x100 than defending state champion Cahokia who had the 6th fastest qualifying time. Northside and DRW also qualified 4x100 relay teams.
Morgan Park and Phillips are also expected to be impactful at prelims.
An incredible 6 CPS runners qualify for state in the 100 meter from the St. Rita Sectionals. In a photo finish William Fleming(sr) of Urban Prep edged out David Munson(sr) of Phillips 10.56 to 10.57 to lead the CPS qualifiers. FYI- 10.57 won the 100 meter at state last year in 2A.
CPS meet long jump runner up Damion Brown(jr) of Steinmetz qualified for state by winning the long jump with a mark of 21-9.
Whitney Young qualifies for state in the 4x8, discus, 3200, and 800...but no one in the 1600.
Taft tips Lane by 0.02 of a second in the 4x200 to take the 2nd and last qualifying spot. Freshman Kevin Szczepaniac(fr) lept a season best 41-11.5 to finish 3rd in the triple jump. That is one of the longest leaps for a CPS freshman in a while.
Jones gets Arthur Santoro(jr) to qualify in the 800 but star distance runner Jeremy Adams misses out in the 3200 meter with a hard luck 3rd place finish (9:33).
In a disappointing day for Lane, Lane only gets three individual qualifiers to the state meet. One of them is a pole vaulter. However, in a positive sign for the future, an all sophomore 4x800 team ran an 8:37 for Lane. Sophomore KC Pruitt(so) ran a 4:36 in the 1600 meter, only 5 seconds behind Charles Sandburg(sr) and Clayton Mendez(so) of Whitney Young.
In a meet that had OPRF, Lane, and Proviso East, Myles Davis(jr) of Payton was the fastest sprinter as he won the 100 and the 200. The junior speedster ran a PR 11.07 in the 100 meter. A Davis led 4x400 team ran a season best 3:29.
CPS 100 meter and 200 meter champion Jeremiah Davis(sr) of Collins advanced to the state meet after winning the 200 meter (21.65) and the 400 meter(49.96) at the Collins Class 1A Sectionals at Hanson today. I am surprised that coaches decided to run Davis in the 400 meter run. Runners seldom do a 200/400 double. I saw Collins try to do a 100/200/400 triple at CPS prelims. He looked gassed by the time he got to the 400 and did not qualify for the finals. It worked today as he finished 1st in both events. He either did not run the 100 or did not qualify. That is too bad, because I was hoping to see what he could do in the 100 after winning the 100 at the CPS meet with a time of 10.84.
Relative unknown Giovanni Hollingsworth(jr) of Ogden surprised by qualifying for state in the triple jump with a leap of 40-09. Hollingsworth or any boy athlete form Ogden did not even participate at the CPS meet. As a sign of depth for the CPS, a Hollingsworth type story seems to happen every year in the CPS where a kid seemingly comes out of nowhere to qualify for the state meet. Davis did a similar thing last year, when he emerged as sprinter late in the season and qualified for state.
1. Morgan Park 97 - Morgan Park finally gets over the hump and wins a city track championship. I don't know when/if they have won it before. While sprints and jumps shined for the Mustangs, I felt their key event was their 2nd place 4x8 team. Yes, they were helped by Mather not qualifying and Jones, Lane, etc not running their A teams. They had to come from behind to beat an A team Von Steuben team at the tape and finished only 6 seconds behind champion Whitney Young. Morgan Park had to use every point it could get as their 4x200 and 4x400 relay teams were DQ'd.
2. Whitney Young 94 - Whitney Young almost pulled out the win despite a heavy reliance on distance. The Dolphins won the 400, 800, 1600, 3200, and 4x8. What ultimately led to Whitney Young's downfall(if you want to call it that) is a lack of sprints,jumps, and hurdlers. It is hard to win the CPS title being strong in only one area. But don't feel too bad for them, as almost everyone returns next year.
3. Lane Tech 54.5 - Two third place finishes in a row for Lane Tech. But for some reason, this year's 3rd place finish felt better than last year. Lane held off several teams in the fierce contest for 3rd. Jeremiah Olojo(jr) came up with a big city shot put title and a 2nd in the discus. Lane should be improved next year as they return Olojo and others, and get reinforecements from their city championship sophomore team - which looked really strong.
4. Northside 46 - A 1-2 finish in the 300 hurdles help propel Northside to what I think is their highest finish ever in the boys varsity level. In a sign of balance their 4x200 team finished 4th.
5. Urban Prep 40- Top 2 finishes in the 4x1, 4x2, and 4x4 helped propel to what I believe is a school record for highest finish ever at the boys varsity level. Urban Prep now eyes state.
6. Jones College Prep 36- Unless Jones can develop something else besides distance, look for Jones to finish around this place every year.
7. Phillips 32 - Maybe I am spoiled with previous Phillips results, but I was expecting more from their sprinters. It did not help that Quayvon Skanes(sr) DNS in the 100 final.
8. Kenwood 27- Thrower Nicholas Williams(sr) was 4th in the discus and 3rd in the shot put.
9. Collins 20-Jeremiah Davis(sr) was a one man wrecking crew as he won the 100 and 200. Davis will be the premier sprinter at the Class 1A Collins sectional next Wed. May 18th. That sectional will be pretty good as it has Leo, Hales, Timothy Christian, Westmont, and others.
10. Dunbar 19- Life without a Harris results in a 10th place finish for Dunbar.
10. Perspectives 19- They have a new star in Roderick Mciller(jr) who finished 2nd in the 100 and finished all city in the 200 and long jump.
12. Taft 18.5- Overall good meet for a rising Taft program as the Eagles finish in the top 12 for the first time in a long time.
Morgan Park wins the boys varsity team title.(IL Mile Split photo) They needed every point to hold off Whitney Young in a slim 3 point win. Morgan Park did it in field events as they took 1-2 in the triple jump and high jump. Morgan Park started off the track events in a bang as they came up with a huge 2nd place finish in the 4x800 - only a few seconds behind champion Whitney Young and tipping Von Steuben at the tape to come up with the stunning 2nd place finish.
Lane Tech wins at the boys sophomore level. Whitney Young wins at the girls varsity level.
Desmond Burdell(sr-left) of Urban Prep and David Munson(sr) of Phillips both made it to the finals after a fiercely contested 100 meter dash semi-finals. The field featured a bevy of all-state sprinters, all-state qualifiers and up and coming speedsters. Just to give you an idea how tough prelims was, William Fleming(sr) of Urban Prep Englewood failed to qualify to the finals despite running an 11.18 in the prelims. Fleming was 7th in the state last year in the 100 meter dash.
Trayvon Ross(jr) of Dunbar broke out with a PR of 11.01. He was tied with Jeremiah Davis(sr)- a class 1A state meet qualifier in the 100 meter dash last year- with the fastest prelim time of 11.01. It may take a sub 11 to win the title at tomorrow's finals.
Phillips had two of their star football players make the finals in Connecticut bound all-state WR/QB/DB Quayvon Skanes(sr) and all-state sprinter David Munson(sr)(Winona State bound).
Rodrick McMiller(jr) of Perspectives and Malik Adams(jr) of Morgan Park are two new emerging sprinters. Morgan Park fans are hoping that Adams will finish as high as possible to aid in Morgan Park's team championship hopes.
Jamon Willams(sr) of Uplift prepares to long jump.
I just got back from the boys varsity trials. Times and mark were generally slower than what you would expect as the cold weather (mostly in the 40's with a wind) affected performances.
There were some stumbles. Lane's 4x100 team did not qualify for the finals as they botched the 3rd handoff. "We tripped," said Lane's Bright Boachie(sr) when I asked him what happened. Northside's Justin Washington(sr) fell after trying to clear the 2nd to last hurdle in the 110 high hurdles. He was expected to qualify for the finals. Daniel Garcia-Rico(jr) of Jones apparently got his legs stuck with another runner with about 250 yards to go and fell. He could not recover and missed qualifying. Lane, Jones, and Northside are one of several teams fighting top 5 or better spots in a very balanced year for the CPS.
Morgan Park and Whitney Young generally went through unscathed and qualified who they needed to. Clayton Mendez(so) won his heat of the 1600 meter. Evan Radomski(jr) did the same in the 400. Morgan Park looked really strong in relays, jumps, and sprints. Phillips and Urban Prep also looked really strong in every sprint event and relay.