Pavlo Hutsaluk(sr) of Lane Tech signs his letter of intent to the University of Iowa. Hutsalyuk was the CPS cross country individual champion and the CPS outdoor meet 1600 meter champion in track. He has run a 4:17.85 in the 1600 meter run.
Pavlo Hutsalyuk(sr) of Lane Tech is going to sign with the University of Iowa. Hutsalyuk won the CPS individual city cross country championship last fall and is the defending CPS city champion in the 1600 meter dash. He ran a 1:55.95 in the open 800 meter run at state track sectionals and ran a 4:17.85 in the 1600 meter dash last year. He will be the top returning runner in the CPS this year in the 800, 1600, and 3200 meter run.
Hutsalyuk- who is of a proud Ukrainian descent, was also recruited by Penn State and Indiana University. He took an official visit to Penn State. Ultimately, he decided he wanted to be a University of Iowa Hawkeye.
He can now focus on the track season where he looks to improve on his already blazing 4:17.85 season best 1600 meter run of last year and get into a few 4x800 meter relay races and maybe other events.
Good luck to Hutsalyuk as he finishes his senior year!
Whitney Young Academic Center Boys Class 2A IESA State Championship Cross Country Team. (WY photo). 8th grader Samuel Rivera(8th grader) won state with a time of 10:24. Whitney Young had 3 runners finish under 11 minutes. More future talent to stockpile for the Whitney Young high school team. The girls team finished 10th in the state.
Sam Lasota(sr) and Payton may be the CPS's best chance to advance as a team. Wesley Chan(sr) has been Payton's number 1 runner for most of the year. Lindblom led by CPS individual runner up Walmer Saavedra (jr) may be running a team consisting of 1 junior, 5 sophomores, and 1 freshman. Look out for Robel Yaemen(jr) of Mather, Ryan Reynolds(sr) of Lake View, and Elliot Adams(sr) of Payton
5 of these teams will qualify to state from the Fenton Sectional
Deerfield University High Latin Fenton St. Viator Payton Elmwood Park Lindblom DeLaSalle Mather Lake View Bulls Ridgewood Foreman Muchin Urban Prep Englewood Kenwood Little Village
Only 5 of these 18 quality teams will qualify for state.
New Trier Loyola St.Ignatius Glenbard West Maine South York Jones Niles North Oak Park-River Forest Lake Park Whitney Young Lane Tech Fenwick Willowbrook Niles West Glenbrook North Northside Von Steuben
Ulises Bautista(center) of Pritzker was the first Charter School individual finisher at the varsity level in the Boys CPS Cross Country Meet. Michael Love(right) of the Chicago Bulls was the 2nd charter school finisher. Charter Schools are making some progress but still have long ways to go. The Bulls seem to be progressing nicely in sports like cross country, track, football, and of course basketball.
Selective Enrollment/Magnet Schools 1. Jones 2. Lane 3. Whitney Young 4. Northside 5. Payton 6. Von Steuben
Charter Schools 1. Chicago Bulls College Prep 2. Gary Comer College Prep 3. Pritzker 4. Muchin 5. Noble 6. Instituito Health Career Sciences 7. Urban Prep/Englewood
Neighborhood Schools 1. Solorio 2. Lincoln Park * 3. Mather 4. Lake View 5. Kennedy 6. Taft 7. Austin * 8. Foreman 9. Steinmetz 10. Gage Park 11. Little Village
* These schools may not be pure neighborhood schools
Emmanuel Chavez(sr) of Solorio charges in for a 54th overall finish at the boys varsity level.IK photo.
I could not help but notice the Solorio and their distinctive uniforms everywhere at the CPS cross country meet. But it wasn't just the uniforms I noticed, it was also their rise in numbers and results on the field.
Here is how Payton did at the city meet for boys races:
Solorio was the only other team besides Lane, Jones, Whitney Young, and Northside to finish in the top 7 at all levels. Runners 1-6 had a 27 second split with time between 16:56 to 17:22. Their 7th place finish at the varsity level is a big improvement from their 12th place finish of last year and the highest a Solorio team has ever finished.
The top 3 finishers at the CPS boys varsity cross country meet. From left to right Pavlo Hutsalyuk(sr) of Lane Tech, Walmer Saavedra(jr) of Lindblom, and Clayton Mendez(fr) of Whitney Young.
1. Pavlo Hutsalyuk(sr)- Lane Tech- 15:03.89. Pavlo became only Lane's 3rd individual title winner since 1994(?). The last one was Kulayifi Haji in 2009. Pavlo's winning time of 15:03.89 is his season's best and with 2 weeks to go until sectionals puts him in a great position to do some damage at sectionals and hopefully beyond. He seemed really comfortable running the entire race. Even through the muddy course, Palo said: "I just wanted to run straight through it." At a little bit past the miel mark he was not even in the lead but was right there. He them pulled away from the pack then eventually won the individual title by over 5 seconds.
2. Walmer Saavedra(jr) - Lindblom - 15:09.89 Every time Walmer run, he seems to get better and better. In this race he ran a PR of 15:09.89. That is also a modern era Lindblom school record (and probably of all time). He ran a great race and even went for the win. He hung in there with Pavlo when Pavlo broke away from the pack. With about a 600 yards to go, I noticed that Saavedra surged and went a bit ahead of Pavlo. That was a smart move because I am sure he knows that Pavlo has a blazing kick. But Pavlo quickly overtook Walmer then cruised in for the win. Saavedra time of 15:09 in this muddy course will clearly be noticed by other class 2A foes statewide. He has a chance to finish really low at the state meet (in a couple of weeks). But first comes regionals next week.
3 Clayton Mendez(fr)- Whitney Young -15:19.55 Clayton looks destined to be the face of CPS distance for the next several years. His time of 15:19.55 had to have broken so many records not to mention one of the better freshman 3 mile times in the entire state. At the very least his time of 15:19.55 is a Whitney Young top 2 (if not better) all time best for a freshman and it is a CPS modern era freshman cross country best time. The first thing you'll notice about Mendez is his height. I estimate he is about 6 foot 2 or 6 foot 3. Of course he played some basketball and I hear his basketball background is one of the reasons he choose Whitney Young as a school. No matter what he decides to do, Mendez is clearly a talent and will be a force.
Jones Boys Win Freshman, Sophomore, Varsity, and JV City Cross Country Titles
The new crop of Jones distance runners.With 100 yards to go, it is all Jones College Prep at the boys freshman race. Jones finished 1-2-3-5-11-18-19-20 to win at the boys freshman level.
Jones was equally as dominant at the sophomore level as they finished 1-2-3-6-9-17 to win easily with 21 points. Pictured above is Zach Benes(left) and Jeremey Adams. Adams won it with a time of 16:15.42, Benes was 2nd with a time of 16:18.49.
The boys varsity team with the championship plaque. The boys varsity race wasn't nearly as dominant as their other levels, but they still won comfortably.
Pavlo Hutsalyuk(sr) of Lane congratulates Jones runners. Lane edged favored Whitney Young to take 2nd place. Hutsalyuk won the individual title in an unofficial time of 15:05? - in a rain drenched 3.0 mile Washington Park course - holding off runner up Walmer Saavedera(jr) of Lindblom.
Lindblom is a vastly improved program on both the girls and boys side.
Last year LIndblom had only 7 runners total run at the CPS meet at all levels. Numbers and quality have both improved this year. Look for Walmer Saavedra(jr) to be a top 5 threat at the boys varsity level. Lindblom also has a solid core of sophomores. Eduardo Rodriguez(so) has run 17:13 for 3 miles. Denilson Saavedra(so) has run 18:02, Joel Delgado(so) has run 18:05, and George Walls(so) has run 18:10. The trajectory is heading up for Lindblom. For example, Walls is a vastly improved from last year when he was running about 14 minutes for two miles as a freshman.
Don't overlook the girls. Lindblom has two promising girls in freshman Shaheeda Dade(fr-left) and Daniela Tovar(so-right). The pair finishedfinished 3-4 at the Whitney Young ZI Invitational at the frosh-soph level. If they run at the frosh-soph level at this Saturday's CPS meet they will both be contenders to finish in the top 20. The top LIndblom girls finisher at the CPS meet last season finished 89th. (photo credits LindblomTF)
(no order)(no guarantee they will all run at the varsity level)
Pavlo Hutsalyuk(sr)- Lane Tech Kyle Maloney(sr)- Jones Keduse Worku(so)-Whitney Young Sam Wischnewsky(jr)- Whitney Young Clayton Mendez(fr)- Whitney Young Walmer Saavedra(jr) - Lindblom Mark Protsiv(sr)- Jones Christian Badillo(sr)- Lane Tech Jamie Marcos(so)- Von Steuben Will Sarchet(sr)- Jones
Evan Radomski(so)- Whitney Young Jeremy Adams(so)- Jones Jorge Villanueva(sr)- Lane Tech Robel Yamen(jr)- Mather Nikolas Merten(jr)- Jones Nico Moreno(jr)- Jones Danny Rosen(jr)- Northside Ryan Wangman(jr)- Whitney Young Luis Ramirez(sr)- Lane Tech Charles Sandburg(jr)- Whitney Young
Abraham Tobias(sr)- Taft William Skzwarek(so)- Whitney Young Tony Solis(sr)- Jones Malcolm Grba(sr)- Northside Brandon Pozos(sr)- Steinmetz
Jones and Whitney Young have been tearing it up for the CPS in boys cross country this year. Both teams are ranked in this weeks rankings. Jones is ranked only one spot away from York and ahead of Maine South, Barrington, and McHenry.
Von Steuben finished 5 runners in the top 13. But it was not enough as Lane won the meet 26-43.
Lane's Pavlo Hutsalyuk(sr) won the individual title with a time of 9:29.55. That is the fastest Mather #3 indiviudal meet winning time in at least the last 5 years (or much longer).
Mather was third with 99 points as they had 5 runners finish in the top 30. Mather has a legitamate front runner in Robel Yamen(jr) who finished 4th overall with at time of 9:58. Their 5th runner was at 11:16. This gives hope that Mather can put up a decent enough top 5 to finish better than I expected to start the year.
Pavlo Hutsaluk(sr) of Lane Tech ran a 15:06 for 3 miles (14th place) at the Peoria Notre Dame Invitational at Detwiler Park. Some of the top teams in the state including Sandburg, Loyola, York, Naperville North, Palatine, and other ran this race.