Here's my take on some of the top CPS boys track teams as the outdoor season heats up.
Lane has tons of distance studs including Jon Vara(sr), Pavlo Hutsalyuk(jr), and David Schmieg(sr). Their prescence gives Lane lots of versatility in middle and distance events. Look what they did at the Hinsdale Central Relays. They won the rarely run 4x1600 relay with a time of 18:02. That is an average of 4:30.5 for 4 guys. They beat some distance heavyweights including Lyons Township (4th at XC state meet) and Hinsdale Central (state XC champion). Then Lane had enough to win the Distance Medley and run an 8:34 in the 4x800. Sprints are also very strong. They could challenge (if they want to) for a top 3 spot in every sprint relay at the CPS meet. Jumps and Throws are improving. Lane is the most complete team in the CPS.
Northside always has their share of distance runners. Malcolm Grba(jr) and Danny Rosen(so) are their main two. They will both likely run 3 or 4 events at the CPS meet. Hurdler/jumper Lucien Fitzpatrick(sr) brings a dimension of hurdlers and jumps to Northside. He could score high in any event he enters at the CPS meet. Northside will definitely see an improvement on last year's 11th place CPS meet finish.
Whitney Young and Jones has the best group of young distance runners in the CPS. However, Whitney Young may keep them down at the frosh-soph level at the CPS meet (which may be smart). I want to see more of Kevin Ma(jr) - a 2:00 half miler last year as a sophomore, and John Franklin(sr) - an all city 200 meter and 400 meter runner. Throws are also strong with returning CPS discus champ Peter Casey(sr) and upcoming sophomore Gregory Franklin(so).
North Lawndale has two elite athletes in Imani Payton(sr) and Terry Magee(sr). They will be title contenders in almost every event they do at the CPS meet. This is a deeper team than their big two. NLCP will probably run 2 entries in every sprint, hurdle, and jump event at the CPS meet. Wheter they can aggregate more points (72) than they did last year when they finished 3rd at the CPS meet is still to be determined.
Morgan Park looked really strong when I saw them at the NLCP Invitational. They have a lot of frosh-soph talent to develop. They have a great group of jumpers and throwers and also have all state sprinter Brandon Riley(sr). Morgan Park has an improved 4x8 team. They ran a 9:09 to win the NLCP Invite. Morgan Park will definitely impove on its 12th place CPS meet finish last year. I think one of the reasons why is that they seem to be getting more of their football players running track like they used to in the past.
Others: Jones, Dunbar, Simeon, Phillips, Robeson