There are not too many athletes from Lane Tech's illustrious 100+ year history with more onfield accomplishments than Christopher Kyles. Kyles was all-state for Lane Tech in the 100 meter dash in 2009 and 2008, all-state 4x200 relay member in 2009 and 2007, and all-state 4x100 relay member in 2007. He also was the starting safety for Lane's city championship football team in 2008.
I got a chance to catch up with Kyles the other day at DePaul University. Kyles is a member of the DePaul track team.
The first thing I noticed was that he is much leaner than he was in high school.
"Yeah, I'm skinnier...it's all the training and diet that I'm doing for track," said Kyles. I'm glad to have run at Lane, it gave me a good opportunity to go to a good school like DePaul...I went to Skinner Elementary school by Whitney Young...I played basketball there; you see how that turned out... I'm glad to have played on Lane's city championship football team...we surprised people that year....I plan on going to check out Lane's first football game this season when they play DeLaSalle," said Kyles.
Recent track fans may think that Lane has always been dominant in track. But that was not always the case. For most of the 1990's and the early 2000's Lane Tech boys track was no where near as competitive as it is now. In some of those years, Lane struggled to finish in the top 7 at city. That all changed with the arrival of athletes such as Fuad Salami (prior to Kyles) and then Chris Kyles. Since then Lane has dominated the city track scene.