Pavlo Hutsaluk(sr) of Lane Tech signs his letter of intent to the University of Iowa. Hutsalyuk was the CPS cross country individual champion and the CPS outdoor meet 1600 meter champion in track. He has run a 4:17.85 in the 1600 meter run.
The 100 meter was strong. It finished 1. Demoria Harris(sr) - Dunbar 11.01 2. Rommell Clark(fr)- Dunbar 11.53 3. Jerome Jessup(sr)- Bogan
State 100 meter champ Demoria Harris dominates. Dunbar has a new freshman talent in Rommell Clark. Bogan athlete Jerome Jessup(sr) third.
Dunbar easily takes 4x2, 4x4, and 4x8. Their bread and butter 4x2 ran a solid 1:30.92. Their 4x2 always gets better as the season progresses. Look out for Dunbar relays in the upcoming city and state series (and don't forget about Harris).
Jesus Campos(so) of Schurz wins the frosh/soph 100 meter in 12.05 seconds. Campos also won the f/s 200 in 24.61.
Taft has a couple of promising sophomore hurdlers. Osama Abooun(so) won the 300 meter hurdles in 45.97. Teammate Abdullah Ahmed(so) was 3rd in 47.68. Hurdles are always a good event to be strong in as most teams tend to not be too deep in hurdlers. Look out for this Taft pair in the upcoming CPS Sophomore Meet. Abooun ran mostly sprints for Taft last year. In his first season of track he finished with the 41st fastest time after the CPS Sophomore Meet prelims. It looks like Taft coaches have transitioned him into hurdles. That move may pay off as his time of 45.98 is pretty good for a CPS sophomore. Ahmed won the f/s high jump with a leap of 5-2.
Josh Williams(sr) of Schurz won the varsity high jump in 6-0. That is the first time I have heard of a Schurz high jumper jump 6-0 or over in a while. Look out for Williams in the upcoming varsity CPS meet in a year where there does not seem to be a clear cut favorite in the high jump. WIlliams is a lean and tall at 6 foot 3 inches. He is a forward on the Schurz basketball team where he was the teams 2nd highest scorer. This is only his second year running track for Schurz. Last year he did not even clear a high jump. This year he is emerging as a high jump force for Schurz. I hear he is also a good student.
Matt Fleming(sr) of Simeon traveled to Belleville West "Norm Armstrong" Invitational this past weekend and came home with IL#3 time under legal conditions in 200m (22.31) & IL#2 mark under legal conditions in Long Jump (22'11), finishing behind the premier jumper in the nation (US#2/IL#1 & New Balance Champion; 24'10 & 51'11) Ja'Mari Ward of Cahokia.
There is a reason why the Lane Tech girls track team always performs at a high level. For a look at how they operate check out this cool video by Illinois MileSplit. It shows up and coming Lane Tech girls track coach Jeff Bryant at a recent Lane Tech girls track practice. The location is Lane Stadium on a beautiful but windy day with lots of activities going on at the same time including the Lane boys track practicing and North Side Prep and Lane participating in a girls lacrosse match.
Johnathan Stokes(sr) breaks 11 seconds in the 100 meter dash. He won the event with a time of 10.93. "Stokes has a good chance of making the state finals in class 2A for the 100 meter dash," said NLCP coach Zontavious Johnson.
Ford Powerhouse transfer Terrel Pope(sr) finished 2nd behind Stokes with a time of 11.53.
North Lawndale is showing they are more than just Stokes and Pope as they also won the 200 and 400 with different guys. Andre Johnson(jr) won the 200 in 23.36. Sophomore Kelly Martin(so) won the 400 in 54.59.
Furthermore, NLCP is showing they can even do a bit of middle distance and distance events. Khalil Kelly(sr) ran a 2:09.68 in the 800 and Edward White(sr) ran a 5:05 in the 1600 meter. No admits those are blazing times. But for North Lawndale, running a sub 2:10 in the 800 and getting close to 5 minutes in the 1600 is a good sign and tells me they are working more than just their bread and butter sprints.
The Air Force is going to get probably the top running back from the CPS. I saw him play a couple of times. Wallace has amazing speed and strength and has really improved his game over the last couple of years. He is definitely on the upswing.
Here are some unofficial stats on Wallace:
40yd Dash 4.37
Bench Press 275lbs
Wallace also runs track for CVCA. Hopefully, we'll get some official automated times from him this spring to see how really fast he is.
Lane usually uses stacks up a few of its relays all on the same day at the Hinsdale Central Relays. The results were better than I expected as Lane took 3rd in the f/s 4x100, 2nd in the varsity 4x100, 2nd in the varsity 4x200, and 3rd in the varsity 4x400. Their point total was good enough for a solid 4th place finish at the varsity level in this 10 team invite which featured teams like Oak Park River Forest, Lyons, DGS, Hinsdale Central, and Hinsdale South. Even their 4x800 team - which certainly did not feature all of their A team runners ran a solid 8:38.
Other notable times include a 43.4 in the 4x100, a 1:31.30 in the 4x200, and a 3:31.07 in the 4x400. These kind of times all on the same day tell me that Lane- as expected- will finish high in all the relay events that it wants to at the upcoming CPS meet.
Taft showing some promise
Taft was in the meet for I believe for the first time. They had two performances stand out. The first is their 4x400 time of 3:39.42. That easily beat their seed time of 3:53.00. Their 3:39 at this point of the season tells me that with a bit more of improvement, they are capable of putting together a 4x400 team that can make the CPS finals in the 4x400. Last year, they ran a good time of 3:39.89 in the CPS prelims. They beat relay teams from Dunbar, Northside, and Payton. But they fell just short of making the CPS 4x400 finals as Mather got the last spot by about .5 seconds ahead of Taft.
An even more eye opening relay result for Taft was their 1:33.83 finish in the 4x200. Taft has more numbers than usual running track this year. Apparently, their coaching staff has developed some 200 meter sprinters, because that time of 1:33.83 is one of the fastest Taft 4x200 time in a while. They ran a 1:36.5 but I do not know the last time they ran a sub 1:34 in the 4x200.
This is a good development for Taft's sprint team and shows some promise that another North Side school besides Lane can show more consistency in sprints.
Francisco Gasca of Mather 15.77 in the 110 high hurdles.
2:10.30 800 meter for Northside Prep sophomore Alex Ortiz. He also wins 1600 meter in 4:48.59.Audiel Perez of Mather finishes right behind Ortiz in the 1600 with a time of 4:48.97. Look out for these two in the upcoming CPS sophomore meet.
Mather's sophomore team runs an 8:50.75 in the 4x800. That is a great time for a frosh-soph team.
Malik Hamilton(sr) won the 100 meter. Lane will need his speed against sprint rich CPS competition. Lane is usually good in sprint relays every year. We will see how they do at today's Hinsdale Central Relays where Lane usually stacks up many of their sprint relays.
Chris Edomwande(6-4, sr, WR) of Lindblom is getting looks at some colleges for football and basketball.
I got this email:
Hello Neillski, hope things are well. I am a senior 6'4 210 lb wide receiver at Lindblom. I played football for the first time this year after being an all conference basketball player for my first 3 years. Our team struggled this year as we had injuries and a young nucleus, but I played very well and have been given praise by different high school and collegiate coaches. I hope to play both sports next fall at the college I will attend (undecided). I love your site and was hoping to be featured on your spotlight segment. Thanks a lot!!
Neilski's take: Where has this guy been? As much as I love his basketball skills, I am even more amazed by his football skills. You gotta check out his football highlight video above. This man has the height (6-4), size(210lbs) and athleticism(he can dunk easily) that colleges are looking for. But what I also love is his effort. I'm talking YAC (Yards After Catch). Watch in the video how he uses his speed, toughness, and elusiveness after he catches the ball. Furthermore, I like how the video shows his blocking ability. When he blocks he pushes his opponent a clear 10-15 yards. Any college coach that is looking for a player to develop must watch these videos on Edomwande.