Here is a statement from Danny Ayala (Lake View cross country/track, class of 2014) who was there:
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Here is a statement from Danny Ayala (Lake View cross country/track, class of 2014) who was there:
Arturo Cardiel(sr) could be the key 5th man for Lane in cross country. I hear he is training this summer with plans to run cross country in the fall. Surprisingly, he has never run cross country and he does not play soccer or other sports in the fall. In track he broke out with a 2:03 in the 800. I saw him run the 800 at the Prospect Invitational. He started out really fast and has good foot speed. That is why I see him more of a 400 runner than he is a 3 miler. Though, I do not want any one to put limits on him. I see him contributing for Lane in XC. How much of the contribution depends on how well he trains this summer.
Realistically, I see him running 16:30 to 17:20 for Lane. But you never know. I am not counting on magic. He will fight for a top 7 spot. Though that is not guaranteed as Lane has a lot of runners that ran 17-18's last year and could step up in that varsity role.
Another person battling for a top 7 spot is Pedro Fernandez(so). He should run much better than the 18:12 3 mile time he ran from last year as Fernandez was Lane's top sophomore miler last track season with a 4:54 mile.
It will be interesting what Lane does this year particularly with their 3rd through 7th men.
Solorio has an improved distance program and has inspirations for a high finish in the CPS. I hope they are training hard this summer because there are a lot of teams with serious hopes of making the top 7.
Spots 5 through 7
Spots 5 through 7 will be a complete dog fight. I feel almost anyone with a good summer, some serious development, some good recruiting, and some luck (a stud newcomer or a breakthrough freshman) - could propel them into the top 7.
I was going to pick my favorites to land in spots 5 through 7 but I am not. It is still too early and so may teams can make a case to be in the top 7. Instead I'll make some observations on the contenders.
Neilski's comments on top 7 contenders outside of the top 4
Mather - I learned to never count out graduation. I don't care how much they graduated.
Lincoln Park -LP has a new coach. The Lions hopes will be on the quality of their new coach.
Von Steuben -They have 3 stud sophomores that could pay big dividends by the city meet.
Hubbard - Will Hubbard develop enough talent to support all-city XC runner Adrian Barrientos
Lake View - Graduated almost their entire top 7 from last year, but do return Chris Reynolds.
Payton -Senior laden team.
Solorio - Sophomore team finished impressive 5th at CPS Meet
Lindblom- If it is true that 4:30 miler WAlmer Saavedra(jr) will play soccer and run XC- WATCH OUT!
Taft- 4:35 miler Abraham Tobias leads Taft.
Steinmetz - Steinmetz has been on edge of taking it to next level for years, can this year be it
Bulls-Surprise 7th place varsity finish last season
Curie- One of only a handful of teams to finish in the top 8 at both varsity and soph level last year.
UIC-looked good in track. 4x8 team ran school record 8:44 with 3 sophomores.
Kennedy -freshman team finished 5th last season ahead of Lake View, Solorio, and Lane Tech.
As a side note, a reader made a quality comment that deserves posting. Here is the reader's thoughts on his top 10 scenario. He likes Von, Payton, and Solorio to take the 5 through 7 slots.
My Top 10 Scenario at City!
1. JONES - Loaded with talent. After a disappointment at city last year. Watch out for them to come back and sweep every level with Varsity included.
2. WHITNEY YOUNG- They had a strong core of runners in track. With Worku(so) Kevin Ma(sr) Healthy it would be a big boost for the dolphins.
3. LANE - Always in fight for the city title. Just because they only return 2. Lane always finds talent to develop in situations like this.
4. NORTHSIDE - Northside has a strong 1-2 with Grba and Rosen, and a pack right behind them.
5. VON STEUBEN - They have a talented trio of 3 underclassman with Pawelko in the mix Vonsteuben will shine at 2014 city.
6. PAYTON- With Chan,Bello, and LaSota thats a promising trio for the grizllies.
7. SOLORIO - Yes the sun warriors at 7th I give them this spot because of how young their team is. They return all 7 runners.
8. BULLS - Bulls shocked by the top 10 performance at city. They will challenge for even better.
9.LINDBLOOM - If they can get their 8:30 4x8 doing xc that be great. With Walmer Saavedra leading the way.
10. HUBBARD - after placing 7th place at city in 2012 to a disappointing 18th this year. I give them all my hopes to crack the top 10. All City xc returner Adrian Barrientos hsould be leading the greyhounds again
For the past 10+ years Mather has been a major player in CPS cross country. Last year, they came up with a huge 2nd place finish at the CPS meet that left even me surprised. They did it with a top 4 all running below 16:04. But all 4 graduated and Mather will now have to quickly see how life is without their graduated stars.
Do they even have anyone left?
Mather did have some promising young runners like all-city freshman meet runner Butoyi Anaclet. The problem is that I hearing unconfirmed reports that some of them may not even be running cross country this fall. Unofficially, I am hearing that Anaclet and Isa Haji(so) may be playing soccer or not running cross country. Maybe there was a reason why we didn't see them in track. As a side note Anaclet has an uncanny resemblance to Jon Vara.
Here is a list of some of Mather's non-graduated runners, their year as of Fall 2014, and a time they ran last year (not necessarily their PR). Also, they may not be all confirmed to be running XC this fall.
Mohamed Amin(so)- 11:26
Butoyi Anaclet(so)- 11:12
Jeremy Bekkouche(so)- 18:25
Matthew Carter(sr)- 17:03
Gobinda Darlami(jr)- 17:15
Isa Haji(so)- 17:13
Oneal Nugent(jr)- 17:20
Looking at the above list, the cupboard doesn't appear as empty as I imagined. I feel that as long as Mather maintains their quality coaching, I feel they could conceivable put together a team with 5 solid varsity runners that could compete in the CPS. Maybe not for a top 2 spot, but a top 6 or better finish is certainly realistic.
Neilski update: I accidently misidentified the runner above. He is Jeremy Bekkouche(so).
In my opinion there are 4 teams that will almost certainly make the top 5. I say almost because you never know what will happen. Last year, Whitney Young's varsity team finished 9th at the varsity level. That's right 9th- behind the Bulls and Curie. They finished a shocking 9th despite running sophomore Sam Wishnewsky up at the varsity level. Without his 11th place all-city finish, they may have even finished worse.
Neilski's top 4 (no order): Jones, Whitney Young, Lane Tech, Northside
Everyone involved in cross country knows the term top 7. The top 7 runners get to represent the team in most big races. It is a privilege to be in the top 7.
If the CPS had a top 7 in terms teams, this posts would be my analysis (I hope I did not confuse anyone).
Last year's top 7 (at city meet)
1. Lane Tech
5. Lincoln Park
6. Lake View
alternates (places 8th-12th):
Curie, Whitney Young (not a mis-print), Payton, Kennedy, Solorio
Who is in competition to make the top 7 this year?
Here is my list of teams (no order) that are in strong contention to make the top 7 ( no order)
IN: In will be the next generation of Lane distance runners. This next group has had the benefit of working diligently without a lot of spotlight as the focus the last few years has been the mainstay varsity guys. That will immediately change as Lane will have to find 5 new varsity replacements.
Not too many distance running programs have had the on field success as New Trier. Their girls teams have finished top 6 in the state in all of the last 4 years (including a state championship in 2012 and a 3rd place finish last season). The boys have finished in the top 15 at state in all of the last 5 years. Lane Tech has had some monster distance teams the last few years, yet at the state meet Lane has not beaten them during that span.
New Trier HAS a distance program that is working. Maybe the CPS can learn a few things.
This week, I got a chance to watch a part of their program in action as I got to sit in at a running camp hosted by New Trier girls cross country coach John Burnside for kids entering 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.
Here are some of my observations:
On Day 2 the boys and girls did seperate workouts. Here the boys go off on a 20 minute trail run with an emphasis on running a negative split on the way back.
Campers doing some high knee polymetrics after their run. They received expert instruction on how to properly stretch after a warm up run and proper foot placement while running.
Day 3 featured a threshold workout on one os several nice synthetic field turfs on the New Trier campus.
"I think we can finish 5th in cross country this fall," said Von Steuben coach Eli Yurich. "After the Big 4 of Jones, Whitney Young, Lane Tech, and Northside, I feel we can be right there in the 5th spot."
That's a bold proediction for a Von Steuben team that has rarely if ever finished in the top 8-10 at the CPS boys varsity cross country meet in probabably over 20 years. Then again, there is reason for optimism. Von Steuben has seem some improvement the past couple of years. Von Steuben's took 2nd at the freshman level and 9th at the soph level at the CPS meet last season.
If Von Steuben is to take it to the next level this season, it will most likely be due to the efforts of the following key returnees (with some of their marks; year is as of spring 2014)
Jamie Marcos(fr)- 4:39/16:35
Bukuru Anaclet(fr) - 55.08/2:05/10:35
William Pawelko(jr)- 4:41/10:30
Jonathan Fernandez(fr) - 11:02
Paulo Aco(so) - 2:10
Ajay Joseph(jr)- 11:13
Mouhcen Kahdi(fr)- 11:33
Daniel Eiland(jr) -17:24
no order, times run (not necessarily their PR)
Please comment for additions/corrections
Danny Rosen - Northside Prep -15:41
Sam Wischnewsky - Whitney Young - 15:45
Nico Moreno - Jones - 15:58
Ryan Wangman- Whitney Young - 16:13
Walmer Saavedra - Lindblom - 4:46
Nicholas Merten - Jones- 16:02
Charles Sandburg- Whitney Young - 16:27
Augustin Alfaro - Lane Tech - 10:46
Nicholas Merten - Jones- 16:02
Alexander Behle - Jones - 16:21
Jason Sebek- Whitney Young - 16:44
Stephen Kruto - Jones -17:15
Francisco Reyes- Hubbard - 17:16/10:57
O'Neal Nugent - Mather - 17:20/10:53
Gabe Stacey - Northside - 17:29
Colin Boyle - Lane Tech 11:28
Erik Basler - Lane Tech - 17:29
Gobinda Darlami - Mather - 17:34/11:02
Kwesi Ayukumi - Lake View - 11:12
I was surprised to see that the south side (south of Roosevelt) had 4 runners make the finals (top 12) of last year's 1600 meter run at the CPS meet. They also had 3 teams make the finals of the 4x800. So they are a factor in the city.
Who will be the south side distance players this year? Below is my south side distance watch list with a time they have run in the past (not necessarily their PR)(no order)
Bryan Quinonez(sr), Kennedy - 4:42.70/15:16
Rafeal Razo(sr), Curie - 10:17/16:11
Alex Bermudez(sr)- Little Village - 4:50.61/16:05
Adrian Barrientos(jr)- Hubbard - 16:12.30
Walmer Saavedra(so)- Lindblom - 4:46.53
Joshua Henry(sr)- Phiilips - 2:05.45
Markel Leonard(jr) - Robeson - 4:53.50
Jorge Rodriguez(sr)- Curie - 2:09.60
Omphile Franklin(jr)- Gage Park - 16:46.60
Lazerke Jarmon(so)- Harlan - 2:13.13
Enrique Ramirez(jr)- Curie - 17:05.94
Esteban Perez(sr)- Curie - 17:08
Please comment for additions/corrections.
4 years ago, Junior Quintero was one of the top freshman distance runners for the CPS running for Lane. He was the top freshman to finish at the Fall 2010 Sophomore CPS Cross Country meet. But midway through his freshman year, he transferred to a school in Wisconsin.
Since then he has been running some phenomenal distance times.
He recently ran at the Footlocker race in Wisconsin. He ran a 2:02 800 meter run and a 4:26 1600 meter run so far in high school with his senior year of track coming up.
Lane just finished one of its best modern era boys cross country season with a CPS championship and a 15th place state finish. As good as they are now, can you imagine how much better they would have been if Quintero had stayed at Lane?
Start line. On Thanksgiving morning I was at the northwest side of Chicago at the of the Edison Park(Chicago) Turkey Trot 5k 2013. Former and current CPS runners were all over the place at this road race.Including....
Marcelo Burbano(right in red without a hat)- Lane Tech class of 2013. Burbano illustrious career at Lane included being the 2013 CPS 3200 meter champion in track. Burbano is now at ISU. "I''m running this race as a training run," said Burbano who finished unofficially about 7th overall and about 17:05 for this 5k race.
Stephanie Hughes - the former Lane Tech star and many time CPS champion in cross country and CPS champion in several events in track, ran cross country at DePaul. She finished unofficially as the 4th or 5th female overall.
Charlie Mesimore- I was glad to see the former Northside Prep distance star. He was a big part of the 2009 Northside Prep CPS cross country team champions.
Coach Eli Yurick(center) of Von Steuben running in his distinctive multi-color hat. I'm always happy to see distance coaches still running. In addition to running this 5k race, Yurick got a chance to talk to (unoficially) recruit for his Von Steuben team. "We had a freshman run at the state cross country meet for us...he ran a 16:35...which is the best time we ever had for a freshman."
I also saw runners from Maine South, Resurrection, Loyola Academy, Notre Dame, and more. I was surprised to not see too many Taft people.
The running season never stops.
First Team (no order)
1. Jon Vara(sr)- Lane Tech
2. Peter Schaible(sr)- Jones College Prep
3. David Schmieg(sr)- Lane Tech
4. Brian Quinonez(sr)- Kennedy
5. Pavlo Hutsalyuk(jr)- Lane Tech
6. Kyle Maloney(jr)- Jones College Prep
7. Deivi Tahiraj(sr)- Mather
Second Team (no order)
1. Zade Kurdieh(sr)- Mather
2. Oswaldo Lorenzana(sr)- Lane Tech
3. Markiyan Protsiv(jr)- Jones College Prep
4. Sam Wischnewsky(so)- Whitney Young
5. Christian Badillo(jr)- Lane Tech
6. Danny Rosen(so)- Northside
7. Claudio Flores(sr)- Mather
Markiyan Protsiv(jr) stepped up big time to finish as Jones 2nd man to help Jones to a 4th place state finish at the class 2A state cross country meet.
Congrats to Jones College Prep for their 4th place finish at the state meet. They did this despite the graduation of their top 3 runners from last year and the transfer of another top 7 runner. This is a sign of strength for the program.
Jones had their entire top 5 finish in the 54 team place to secure their 4th place finish. All 5 ran in the 15's. Jones will be expected to be strong again next year as only 2 runners from this year's top 7 at state were seniors.
Lane advanced to the state cross country meet for a 3rd straight year. Now that they have been there, this year's team is not just satisfied to be there, they want more.
Here is Lane's performance at the state meet the last 4 years
2009- Did not qualify for state - 12th place at sectional - no individual qualifiers
2010- Did not qualify for state - 10th place at sectionals - no individual qualifiers
2011- 21st place at state, #1 runner - David Timlin(sr) - 44th place - 15:14
2012 - 22nd place at state, #1 runner - Marcelo Burbano(sr) - 29th place - 14:51
2013 - ?
If this is the year to make a big jump in improvement over the last few years, this is the year to do it. Lane has a very experienced team with 5 seniors and 2 juniors in their top 7. Jon Vara(sr) and Pavlo Hutsalyuk(jr) finished 1-2 for Lane at sectionals and look to finish high at the state meet. I feel the fate of Lane will come down to how close their 5th man finishes to their 2nd man. If that gap is small, Lane will have a chance to finish better than they have at the state meet in a very long time.
Head Coach: A. Adelmann
Assistant Coach: Ben Mahon
1126 — Jeremy Adams (Fr.)
1127 — Ethan Barreto (So.)
1128 — Alex Behle (So.)
1129 — Daryl Cordova (Jr.)
1130 — Tony Gonzalez (Sr.)
1131 — Kyle Maloney (Jr.)
1132 — Nikolas Merten (So.)
1133 — Nico Moreno (So.)
1134 — Markiyan Protsiv (Jr.)
1135 — Will Sarchet (Jr.)
1136 — Peter Schaible (Sr.)
1137 — Anthony Solis (Jr.)
Chicago (Lake View)
Head Coach: Katherine Cervenka
Assistant Coach: Anthony Schmidt
1138 — Daniel Aguilar (Sr.)
1139 — Jon Aguilar (Jr.)
1140 — Daniel Ayala (Sr.)
1141 — Kwesi Ayekumi (So.)
1142 — Jose Bucio (Sr.)
1143 — Jonathan Carvajal (Sr.)
1144 — Maury Cervantes (Sr.)
1145 — Luis Gomez (Sr.)
1146 — Dillon McDonnell (Fr.)
1147 — Ryan Reynolds (Jr.)
1148 — Michael Salgado (Sr.)
1149 — Christopher Vargas (Fr.)
Head Coach: Matthew Lewis
1433 — Saul Hernandez (Jr.)
Head Coach: Monalisa Georgopoulos
1434 — Bryan Quinonez (Sr.)
Chicago (Little Village)
Head Coach: Meghan Reilly
Assistant Coach: Sue Nelson
Assistant Coach: Matt Greenfield
1435 — Bermudez Alexis (Sr.)
Chicago (Noble Street Charter/C. Bulls)
Head Coach: Kate Lilley
1436 — Joshuah Hernandez (Sr.)
1437 — Steven Orta (Sr.)
1438 — Wesley Chan (Jr.)
1439 — Sam LaSota (Jr.)
Chicago (Von Steuben)
Head Coach: Elias A. Yurick
Assistant Coach: Lorri Yurick
1440 — Jaime Marcos (Fr.)
David Schmieg(sr- ceter) of Lane kicks it in to the finish as he holds off runners from York and Loyola. The cross country race ended up with a sprint to the finish on the track. Lane took the 5th and final state qualifying spot by scoring 163 points. Maine South was the tough luck 6th place finisher with 170 points. #1 York got upset by New Trier.
Jon Vara(sr-right) of Lane Tech is in 9th place 100 yards after the 2 mile mark. As you can see, behind Vara is hoard of runners just waiting to trounce. In a sectional race like this, every second counts. Vara was Lane's top finisher clicking in at 15:10 with a top 10 finish.
Mather's Devi Tahiraj(sr-right) gave it his all to try to qualify for state. In this picture, Tahiraj looks over his right shoulder at York's Nathan Mroz(sr) at about 1500 yards into the race. Mroz ended up the individual winner. Tahiraj finished well but him, as well as teammate Zade Kurdieh(sr), fell a bit short in qualifying as an individual.
Front pack about 100 yards after the mile mark. On the far left is Mather senior Devi Tahiraj. Then from left to right runners from St. Ignatius, York, Maine South, Glenbrook South, St. Ignatius (again), and Oak Park River Forest. Tahiraj is doing his best to help his team and if not qualify as an individual. St. Ignatius with 2 runners up front, has an early edge to qualify. Maine South's Jack Carpenter(sr) ran 15:04 at regionals and is looking to finish high. Glenbrook South's David O'Gara(sr) is right there. Mather's #2 runner Zade Kurdieh(sr) is also in the picture as well as elements of Lane's front runners. Surprised not to see a lot of York green in this picture.
Vincente Garcia(jr) and Solorio advances to sectionals.
Congratulations to Brian Quinonez(sr) of Kennedy's 7th place individual finish at the CPS Cross Country meet. His time of 15:38 and place of 7th is one of the best times and finishes that a Kennedy runner has had at the CPS meet for a while (maybe since Kennedy cross country glory days about 10 or so years ago?).
Quinonez has improved big time since his 27th place finish and time of 16:14 at the CPS meet last year.
After the race, a Lake View runner said to me: "where did this Quinonez guy come from?".
More people are noticing him. He won the Lane Tech Larry Knapp Invite and did well at the Niles West meet. Next for him and his Kennedy teammates will be the Riverside-Brookfield regional this Saturday. At the CPS meet, his name was in-adverdently mis-pronounced by the emcee. He accidenlty called him Byron. If Brian wins the individual race - which he is one of the favorites - at Riverside-Brookfield this Saturday, even more people will know him.
Riverside-Brookfield - Class 2A Boys Cross Country Regional
Burbank (St. Laurence)
Chicago (Gage Park)
Chicago (Perspectives Charter/Leadership) [Coop]
Chicago (Solorio Academy)
Chicago (St. Rita)
LaGrange Park (Nazareth Academy)