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.
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.
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Sat, Aug 30, 2014 - Whitney Young Ho Kum Karem
Wed, Sep 3, 2014 - St. Patrick Invitational
Sat, Sep 6, 2014 - Chicago Cross Country Festival (@ Washington Park)
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014- Gordon Tech Invitational
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014-Immaculate Conception Invitational
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Others: Taft, Bulls, Solorio, Payton
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:
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)