1. Adalberto Aviles(so) - Lane Tech
2. Juan Castillo(so- Jones
3. Sam LaSota(fr)- Payton
4. Luis Gomez(so)- Lake View
5. Pavlo Hutsalyuk(so)- Lane Tech
6. Tony Gonzalez(so)- Jones
7. Robert White(so)- Calumet
8. Markel Leonard(so)- Robeson
9. Michael Lally (so)- Lincoln Park
10. Malcolm Moore(so)- Brooks
11. Robert Szmurlo(so)- Northside Prep
12. Julian Cruz(so)- UIC
Adalberto Aviles(so) is my favorite to win because he ran the fastest regular season time out of all the finalist. He ran a 2:06.89 at the Niles North Invite. His biggest challengers will likely come from either Juan Castillo(so) of Jones, Sam LaSota(fr) of Payton, or Luis Gomez(so) of Lake View. Castillo is part of a deep frosh-soph Jones squad that had at least 5 freshman or sophomores break 2:13 this year. Castillo was the top freshman 800 finisher at last year's frosh-soph meet when he finished 5th with a time of 2:10.55. LaSota is part of a Payton team with lot's of good young talent. LaSota is tall and has very good closing speed. Luis Gomez told me he would have loved to run the mile in addition to the 800, but he is only doing the 800. Also look out for Jones and Lane's #2 runners in Tony Gonzalez of Jones and Pavlo Hutsayuk(so) of Lane. Both have good speed and could do better than expected.
Robert White(so) of Calumet is someone whose name keeps popping up. I thought he was a hurdler, having qualified for both hurdling events. But apparently he can also run the 800.
This is going to be a very fast race.You could see the winner running about a 2:05-2:06 and have about 4-5 runners break 2:10.