Lane Tech's Chris Kyles has been on a roll ever since winning the 55 meter dash at the IPPT Indoor 55 meter dash championship. He is definitely one of the favorites to win the state championship in the 100 meter dash and is the top returning sprinter from state last year still alive in the 100 meter dash. Kyles was 5th in the state last year. He is trying to become Lane Tech's first state champion in track since Tyrone Williams won the 330 yard hurdles in 1977.
Who Will Challenge Chris Kyles?
Winning state is not guaranteed for anyone this year. This year's field is absent any Usain Bolt type favorites. However, below is a list of the top 10 times to come out of state sectionals:
:10.53 Colin Hepburn (Jr.), Glenview (Glenbrook South)
:10.64 Tremaine Gordon (Jr.), Evanston (Twp.)
:10.65 Chris Kyles (Sr.), Chicago (Lane)
:10.67 Chris Wright (Sr.), Skokie (Niles West)
:10.74 Devin Banks (Jr.), Oak Park (O.P.-River Forest)
:10.74 Lamont Oakley (Sr.), O'Fallon (H.S.)
:10.74* Richard Wooten (Sr.), Chicago (Hubbard)
:10.76 Eric Oliver (Jr.), Flossmoor (Homewood-F.)
:10.79 Romel Marzette (Jr.), Harvey (Thornton)
:10.82 Terry Turner (Sr.), Skokie (Niles North)
Glenbrook South's Colin Hepburn (jr). Colin Hepburn has the
top time in the 100 to come out of sectionals with a time of 10.53.
But that time was wind aided. Also, Kyle has beaten Hepburn
already. Kyles beat Hepburn in the finals of the 55 meter dash
at the IPPT meet. But that was in 55 meters. They will be facing
each other in the 100 meter dash and in the 200 meter dash at the
Chris Wright (sr) of Niles West. Wright has been
overshadowed a bit from a surprisingly strong group of
sprinters from the Central Suburban League that
features at least 4 runners that have run below 11
seconds in the 100 meter dash. Wright is in that group.
His best in the 100 meter dash is 10.67 - 4th best
time to come out of sectionals and only .02 seconds
slower than Kyles best time of 10.65.Suburban League.
Wright and Kyles will run in the same heat of the 100 meter
dash state prelims.
Matt Perez (jr) of Maine South will run on Maine South's state
qualifying 4x200 meter relay team. Maine South is the defending
champion in the 4x200 meter relay, so those guys from Park
Ridge can do much more than football - they can also run.
Speaking of football Perez was the starting running back on
Maine South's state championship football team - and one of the
top running back's in the state. The Hawks from Maine South
know how to win championships. Kyles will also run in the 4x200
meter relay team for Lane Tech and will have to beat teams like
Maine South if Lane's 4x200 team stands a chance to score at the
Terry Turner (sr) of Niles North. Turner is part of an upstart Niles
North team that has inspirations of a top 3 state finish. To do that,
runners like Turner will have to perform big time. Turner showed up
big at the Loyola Sectional with a 10.82 in the 100 meter dash.
On a good day Turner could challenge Kyles in the 100. Turner
ran for Niles North's state qualifying 4x200 meter team last year.
Tremaine Gordon (jr) of Evanston Township High School.
10.64 in the 100 and 21.60 in the 200. Enough said!! This
Wildkit has the 2nd best sectional time in the 100 and 200. He
is seeking the prestigious 100 and 200 double at state - and he
is only a junior. He also beat Hepburn head to head in the 200
meter dash at the Loyola Sectional. Evanston's trophy chances
lie directly int he hands of Gordon.
See a video of the 100 meter dash at the Loyola Sectional. Most of
runners above are in this video: