Von Steuben's number one runner for most of the last two years was Michael Gulan- an all-city and state meet qualifier 400 meter runner. Gulan is one of those type of runners I consider a track runner first and then a cross coutnry runner second. Gulan has graduated but it appears that the trend of track runners leading Von Steuben will continue.
Most of the top returnees are track athletes first. Anthony Hudson(sr) made the varsity finals in the long jump. Alcides Diaz(sr) is a strong 400 meter runner that ran on the very good Von Steuben 4x400 team that nearly qualified for the CPS finals, and AJ Joseph(so) ran one of the fastest open 400 times last year for a freshman.
All three are expected to play a big role in Von Steuben's cross country team this year.
"We are getting better as program. We were one of only 7 schools that fielded complete scoring teams in the freshman, sophomore, and varsity levels at the city meet. Of course, the usual suspects Lane, Jones, Mather, Northside, and Whitney Young had full teams. But us and believe it or not Urban Prep Bronzeville had complete teams.
Look out for new school Solario in the next few years. They had complete freshman and sophomore teams. Curie will be strong next year but after their seniors graduate, Solario may sneak up there.
We finished 11th at the varsity level last year. Our goal is to make the top 10, but it will be tough. Curie, Hubbard, and Steinmetz are always there," said Von Steuben coach Eli Yurich.
Michael Gulan, Dwayne Ford, Roberto Cervantes, Noel Valdivia
Anthony Hudson(sr-70th last year @ varsity city)
Hameed Weaver(sr- 87th @ varsity city)
Alcides Diaz(sr-97th at varsity city)
Ajay Joseph(18th at freshman city)
William Pawelko(27th at freshman city)
Nicholas Rodriguez (50th at soph city)
Stephen Schintgen(52nd at soph city)
Manuel Meneses(60th at soph city)