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.
Roisin Mulkerins(so) of Lane on her way to a 10th place team finish in the girls varsity race with a time of 19:08. Sophomore Maggie Scholle(so) finished 2nd (team place) with a time of 18:23 to lead Lane. Lane had 5 finishers in the top 54 to finish 6th overall in the 15 team Wauconda Invitational.
Trevor Knepp(so) led Lane to an 11th place finish (out of 17 teams) in the boys sophomore race with a 11th place team finish with a 37th place finish (18:17).
Full results including boys varsity coming soon...
Robell Yamen finished 5th in the 1600 meter run at the CPS sophomore track meet as a freshman.
Robell Yamen(jr) showed great promise two years ago running as a freshman for Senn. He finished 5th at the CPS sophomore track meet with a time of 4:56 - only 3 seconds behind Walmer Saavedra of Lindblom when he was a freshman.
However, for an undisclosed reason he did not run at all his sophomore year.
He has since resurfaced. This time for Mather. Apparently, he's been keeping in shape because he took 2nd in his first big meet of the season - the St. Patrick Invite last week. His time of 16:36 is a bit deceiving because it is a hilly course. Neverthless, it is a good time and he will be force this year for Mather and the CPS.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the recent ribbon cutting ceremony at the newly renovated Jones College Prep. (Photo by: Patrick Pyszka) The renovation will boost enrollment from the current 900 students to over 1700 students by 2016. Notice over the Mayors right shoulder is a banner recognizing Jones's state championship cross country team from two years ago. With the new facilities and expanded enrollment, Jones's athletic program can only go up.
Someone sent me this humorous Selective Enrollment School parent grading scale. It prompted me to make a tiered grading scale for CPS schools in cross country.
Tier 1 A = Top 10 at state B = Made it to state or won city C = Top 4 at city D= Top 7 at city F = 8th or worse at city
Tier 2 A = Made it to state B = Top 4 or 5 at city C = Have at least one individual make state/have complete freshman and sophomore team at city D = Top 8 at city F = Out of top 8 at city
Tier 3 A = Made it to state B = Top 10 at city C = Have one individual make state D = Top 15 at city/have complete sophomore team at city F = No complete varsity team or sophomore team
Tier 4 A = Made it to sectionals B = Top 15 at city C = Have complete varsity and sophomore team D = Top 20 at city F = No complete varsity or any level team
Tier 5 A = Have a complete varsity team B = Have a complete team at any level C = Have one individual finish in the top 50 in city at any level D = Have more than 5 people in the entire team F = Have nobody or no coach
Abraham Tobias(sr) became Taft's first all-city cross county runner in the modern era when he finished 18th at the CPS meet last year with a time of 16:08. Tobias seems positioned to run faster than he did last season as he is coming off a great track season in which he ran a 4:35 1600 meter and a 2:00.01 in the 800. Both of those are modern era school records for Taft.
Tobias will have to go for individual glory for Taft this year as there may not be another teammate that is within 2 minutes of him running 3 miles. Individually, Tobias is probably one of the top 10-15 distance runners in the CPS. Jones, Whitney Young, Northside, and Lane have runners ahead of him. But there are opportunies for runners from a school other than the traditional powers to shine. Bryan Quinonez (class of 2014) of Kennedy busted out last year with an all-city (7th) and class 2A all-state (15th) finish.
Pavlo Hutsalyuk(sr-center) of Lane Tech will try to break up the Jones College Prep individual race dominance of the past two years. Jones has finished 1-2 for the past two years in the individual race of the CPS meet. Peter Schaible(left) won it last year. But he has graduated. Runner up Kyle Maloney(right, sr) of Jones is back and is a pre-season challenger for the individual title.
I was going to post my take on the individual title. But a CPSfan reader did such a great job on his take that it is worthy of re-post of his comment:
1. LT - Pavlo. Didn't run the best at end of XC but had a breakout track season. Clearly the runner to beat. Last year lane raced as a pack, this year Pavlo will be free to race as an individual making him hard to beat 2. Jones- Maloney. The top returner and the 2nd best returning time in the 32 and 16. Is inconsistent but has raced well at city the last two years. If Pavlo slips up don't sleep on him 3. Northside- Rosen Had a huge breakout track season and finished his races with tremendous speed. Could be a title contender, if not this year will definitely be in the mix as a senior 4. WY - Wishnewsky. Doesn't have the best speed but was strong in cross and strong over 32. 5. Lindblom- Saavedra. I love his tenacity in track- reminds me of Jeffrey Rector. The big question mark is how much he'll train for XC versus soccer, but I think soccer training and his speed give him a good combination. Doesn't have to worry about the team race as much so he's free to take a risk 6. Jones- Protsiv. More of a speedy guy but he'll have enough strength to finish top 10 if he can avoid his end of race fatigue issues. 1:57 4:25 and 9:52 tell me he can compete in XC but is stronger on the oval 7. LT- Badillo. Inconsistent but when he's on he can compete with anyone in the city. I can see him 2nd and I can see him 15th so I'll settle for 7th 8. Jones - Sarchet. Battled injury at the end of XC but ran a 15:40 early on. Combined with 1:57 and 4:30 speed he's another Jones runner who could be up front 9. WY- Worku. Battled sickness in XC and never really delivered the outdoor season we thought we would see, I think he rebounds for a top 10 finish 10. Jones- Solis. Had a disastrous race at city last year before breaking 16 at state as Jones 5th man. Missed a bunch of the track season but returned and ran 4:33 at the race at state 11. Northside- Grba. Not sure what happened to his track season but is a tough runner who showed a lot of promise last year. I expect to see him fight for top 10 12. Taft- Tobias. Very smooth runner who ran 4:35 and 2:00. I think he takes a step forward in XC 13. Jones- Merten. Didn't have a strong finish to XC but ran 4:35 and 10:09. Making Jones top 7 may be more difficult than getting all city 14. WY- Sandburg. Ran an impressive frosh soph 16 at the city championships and looks poised for a breakout cross season 15. Von Steuben- Marcos. Doesn't have the fastest returning times but I trust the freshman to sophomore jump and I like the way he runs tactically. He's my pick for breakout runner on next year's breakout team! 16. LT- Ramirez. Ran 4:36 and 10:13 pretty quietly. Will need to step up if Lane is to compete with Jones for CPS supremacy. 17. Jones- Moreno. Sophomore champ in XC and 32 looking very strong in both. The 1600 pr of 4:45 makes me think he's more of a cross guy 18. LT- Villanueva. Ran 4:47 and 10:12. Doing my research I may have to revise my earlier post and predict Lane for 2nd over WY. I think it will come down to 5th man and a matter of a few seconds 19. WY- Radomski. I like the speed and strength out of the freshman and like I said I believe in the freshman to sophomore jump 20. Jones - 7th man. Not sure who this will be. Behle (4:39) is the most likely as the next in line Adams (4:41) and Santoro (4:42) will likely run sophomore. But there's a couple others who ran well in track who could get in the mix. My bet is whoever makes their 7th spot is fast enough to get 20th. When you have 24 guys under 5:00 you have depth like that.
Honorable Mention in random order LT- Cardiel. Not sold on his stamina but they will be training him hard I assume Payton- LaSota. 2:00 800 speed but how is his endurance? WY- any number of young guys. How will they develop? Can wangman stay healthy? Von Steuben- Anaclet- can a strong freshman 800 translate into XC success? Pawelko- can be be the senior leader Von needs to take a step up? Hubbard- Barrientos. Not sold on him. Seems inconsistent with flashes of strong running Northside- Black. Could be in the top 25 but I didn't see much of him at the end of track. Ran 10:05 early, but nothing impressive in the 16 made me leave him out, despite some impressive XC runs last year. I want to move him into the top 20 but I'm just not sure who to put him ahead of, so I'll place him in honorable mention.
Adrian Barriento(sr to be, left) Hubbard and Walmer Saavedra(jr to be) of Lindblom run side by side in the finals of the 2 mile run at the CPS boys track meet last May.
After months of speculation, I got official word from Lindblom distance standout Walmer Saavedra(jr) that he will be running cross country:
According to Saavedra:
"Hey, I just wanted to confirm that I am doing cross country this year. I don't know if I will be participating in soccer yet. I know some people were curious so here you go! Thanks."
Saavedra finished 6th in the CPS in the 2 mile run at the CPS track meet last spring. He also finished 10th in the state at the state boys class 2A state track meet with a time of 9:45.77. He is an immediate top 3 contender for the CPS individual cross country title.
There are others from Lindblom joining cross country this fall.
"Yes we have 7 runners from track so far, we've been training this summer," added Saavedra.
It looks as if Lindblom is gearing up to make a serious cross country team. Top 6 in the city?
1. Von Steuben- The Panthers had one of the better freshman classes in the CPS as they took a surprise 2nd place at the CPS freshman meet last year. Those freshman are now sophomores. They will likley run them down at the sophomore level for most of the regular season. But come post season they will probably move a few of them up.
2. Lindblom - Lindblom had only 4 runners run at the city cross country meet at all levels. However, after they busted out in track with a bevy of impressive distance performances including a modern era school record 4x800 with a time of 8:30 ran by 3 freshman and a sophomore - people are suddenly talking distance at Lindblom land. There's even talk they will be forming more of a serious cross country program. If they do- watch out.
3. Whitney Young -A combination of youth and injuries led to a 9th place finish at the CPS meet last year. With all of their young talent, there is no direction to go but way up.
4. Northside Prep -Northside quietly finished 4th at the CPS varsity meet last year - only 19 points away from Jones. The Mustangs return 5 of their varsity top 7 including their top 3 runners.
5. Kennedy - 4 of their top 7 return from a team that finished 11th last year at the varsity level. I could not help but notice that their freshman team finished 5th - 1 point ahead of Lane Tech.
6. Morgan Park- I may be speculating here to add Morgan Park to this list, but for the first time I saw them put a decent effort in trying to run some distance runners in track. If they keep the momentum in cross country, they will definitely improve on last year when they did not even run a varsity team- and isntead ran all their guys at the JV race.
Whitney Young placed 9th (I kid you not) at the CPS varsity cross country meet last year. However, they finished 3rd at the freshman race and 2nd at the sophomore level. Their sophomore team had 5 runners finish in the top 10 - 3 of which were freshman. That is why there is optimism and greater expectations for Whitney Young cross country this year.
In track, Whitney Young had at least 6 freshman or sophomores run 4:53 or better in the 1600 meter run. Sophomore Charles Sandburg(so) ran a 4:37. Freshman Keduse Worku(fr) ran a 4:38. Freshman Evan Radomski(fr) ran a 2:02 800 meter run.
As long as those young runners keep developing, Whitney Young will be much improved.
Here is a statement from Danny Ayala (Lake View cross country/track, class of 2014) who was there:
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