Danny Rosen(sr) of Northside Prep wins the individual title. In this picture he takes a commanding lead over the rest of the field just 3/4 of the mile into the race. I am not sure what his time was, but it was really fast - I would estimate an equivalent of low's 15's for a 3 miles. Rosen ran a 15:37 to finish 11th at the CPS meet last year. He will run much faster than that this year.
Robel Yemane(sr) of Mather was a comfortable 2nd. I liked his race strategy, He kind of held back the first mile then picked it up the last two miles. In previous races, I've seen him go out too fast and not finish as strong. He seems to have improved on his game. The word is that Yemane has had a great summer of training and is much improved over last year when he finished 16th in the city with a time of 15:51. A strong source tole me he feels Yemane "will be all-state in class 2A for sure."
Lane Wins (Unofficially). The team race was tight. It appears Lane won it led by #1 runner Augustin Alfaro(left, sr- 32nd at CPS Meet last year). Lane's #5 runner Marc Hill finished ahead of #5 runners from Northside and Mather. Northside and Mather were close but I think Northside squeaked it out.
Taft showed signs of life. After not even fielding a freshman or a sophomore team at the CPS meet last year, Taft shows up with 6 runners in their frosh-soph team. They are all projects, but for Taft it is a good start.
Lane Wins Team Race. KC Pruitt(right, so. 17th at CPS freshman meet last year) and a new freshman named Julian finish 1-2 for Lane Tech. More on Julian in future articles, but word is he went to the Taft Academic Center and decided to goto Lane instead of Taft or other schools. Mather had two runners unofiically finish in the top 10, but I think Northside beat them out.
Front pack of the girls frosh-soph race at the 3/4 mile mark. #1 runners from Taft, Marian Catholic, and Northside run side by side ahead of everyone else. The Northside runner won the individual race.
Lane wins the frosh-soph girls title. Unofficially Lane finishes 5 runners in the top 12 to take the title. Pictured above are their top 3 runners.
Taft showed some strength. Taft had a few girls near the front. In this picture Taft's #1 and #2 runners surround Lane's #1 with 1/4 mile to go.
Northside Takes Girls Varsity Race. 3 Northside runners at the front pack of the girls varsity race 3/4 mile in. Lane sat out several of their top varsity runners including defending city champion Maggie Scholle(jr). I am not sure who won the race As Northside, Marian, and Mather's Yarely Robledo(jr- 6th at last years' CPS meet) were all in it.
Jones vs Whitney Young
Clearly the top two teams going into the seasons. Jones is the defending champions at all levels. But Jones graduated 4 of their top 5 runners from their varsity city championship team of last year. Those 4 all finished in the top 10 individually. This leaves some hope for Whitney Young who return all 7 of their top 7 varsity city runners. That team consisted of 1 freshman, 3 sophomores, and 3 juniors. All are now one year older and presumably better.
Clayton Mendez(so) leads the Dolphins. He finished 3rd at the CPS meet last year as a freshman and goes into this season as a pre-season favorite along with Walmer Saavedra(sr) of Lindblom. (see Walmer vs Clayton). Supporting Mendez will be returning all-city varsity finishers Keduse Worku(jr- 12th at city), Evan Radomski(jr, 15th at city), and Sam Wischnewski(Sr, 19th at city).
Jones will put together a solid 5 by the time city and state comes up. At the top of their top 5 will likely be sophomore city champion Jeremy Adams(jr) and Nikolas Merten(sr- 8th at city).
Both teams are very deep at all levels. Both teams enter the pre-season with high hopes. Whitney Young has the stud runner in Mendez. Jones finished 5 runners in the top 9 at the sophomore level. A couple of them will break out and make solid contributions to their top 5. One of the key for Jones is how much their sophomores from last year developed after another year in the Jones distance system.
Whitney Young has a more defined top 4. One of their keys will be to keep their top 4 healthy and to develop 5th through 7th runners.
I really like this Jones vs Whitney Young match up. What I like about cross country is that this sport is also about developing a program. One team will emerge as the city champ.
Nobody's talking Lake View this year. But Lake View did finish in the top 10 at city last year and lost by only 3 points to Mather at the boys varsity level. Lake View returns 5 of their top 7 from that team:
Here they are with the CPS meet places and times:
70. Kwesi Akeyumi(sr)- 17:56
72. Jack Luzzeder(sr)- 17:59
78. Dontay Lockett(sr)- 18:14
80. Cesar Villegas(sr) - 18:18
91. Owen Leon(sr)- 18:35
The top 7 teams that will get most of the pub this year will be Whitney Young, Jones, Lane, Von Steuben, Northside, and Lindblom (and maybe Mather). Lake View will be in the conversation after that first group of 7. No one admits the times from their returning runners are blazing, but I challenge any team outside of the top 7 that can find a 5th runner that has run as fast as the 18:35 that Lake View's 5th top returning runner Owen Leon(sr) has? There are not that many.
Lake View still has to develop as a program. They could use more numbers - like almost every team in the CPS. They also lack a legit stud number 1 that can challenge for all-city liek graduated #1 runner Ryan Reynolds did last year when he finished 29th (16:24). What they do have is a decent pack of 5 returning. In cross country that is all you need - 5! So their success this year will much their pack of 5 improves from last year and can they build up their lower levels so they can look to the future.
Walmer Saavedra(sr-left) of Lindblom and Clayton Mendez(so) of Whitney Young are the top two returnees from last year's CPS Cross Country Meet. They enter this coming up cross country season as two definite runners to watch for the CPS individual title. Many people (myself included) feel that the pair are the pre-season favorites for the title.
Walmer Saavedra of LIndblom's junior year highlights last season
2nd at CPS cross country meet with a time of 15:09.89
15th at Class 2A IHSA state meet with a time of 14:58
Clayton Mendez of Whitney Whitney Young's freshman year highlights last season
3rd at CPS cross country meet with a time of 15:19.55
4th at IHSA Niles West Class 3A sectional with a time of 14:58
58th at IHSA Class 3A state meet with a time of 15:10
Other CPS meet top returnees
8. Nikolas Merten(sr)- Jones
11. Danny Rosen(sr)- Northside
12. Keduse Worku(jr)- Whitney Young
14. Nico Moreno(sr)- Jones
15. Evan Radomski(jr)- Whitney Young
16. Robel Yemane(sr)- Mather
17. Maurico Galvan(sr)- Kennedy
19. Sam Wischnewsky(sr)- Whitney Young
20. Bukuru Anaclet(jr)- Von Steuben
Sophomore Meet champion
1. Jeremy Adams(jr)- Jones
Lane has had a great run in cross country for the last several years. Names like Pavlo Hutsalyuk, David Schmieg, David Timlin, and others will forever be in Lane Tech distance lore due to their contributions. However, all good things eventually come to an end. Even York has not been as dominant statewide the last couple of years.
Lane graduated their entire top 5 from a team that included individual CPS city champion Pavlo Hutsalyuk and 4 other seniors that helped upset Whitney Young 67-68 to take 2nd at last year's CPS meet.
Returning for Lane this year will be their 6th and 7th men from last year's city varsity team Augustin Alfaro(sr)(32nd at city last year) and Pedro Fernandez(sr)(35th last yr). Colin Boyle(sr) and Marc Hill(sr) are also expected to contribute this year.
Beside those 4, the key for Lane will be the continue development of their freshman and sophomores from last year - who are now juniors and sophomores. One standout from that bunch is junior Nick Schoessling. He showed great improvement in track - finishing 6th at the CPS Sophomore track meet with a time of 10:40 and ran a 10:23 in the 3200 meter run at sectionals. I expect bigger things from Schoessling in cross country and who knows he may even emerge as Lane's #1 by the end of the year.
Two sophomores to watch are Michael Noonan(so) and KC Pruitt(so). The pair finished all-city in last year's CPS freshman cross country meet. They continued their development in track. Noonan has a 1600 meter PR of 5:00.48. Pruitt has run a 5:07.
In the case of Lane, it will impossible to replace the stars of the past - nor is it even fair to judge this year's teams to the past. Catching Jones or Whitney Young is probably not realistic this year. What is realistic, is that Lane has an opportunity to continue to develop its quality depth. I think if they do that to the max, I can see a situation where they can get 5 guys finishing in the top 35 at city. If they do that a top 3 or 4 finish is more than possible.
Historically, Lane is not down too often. If you want to catch Lane, this may be the year to do that. This is the time for teams like Northside, Lindblom, and Von Steuben to catch up to Lane. But they better hurry, because I know one thing for certain.....Lane is running outside right now!
1. Whitney Young
5. Lane Tech
6. Von Steuben
9. Lake View
10. Lincoln Park
(rough order)(time is the time they ran at CPS meet last year as a sophomore.)
Please comment for additions/corrections.
1. Keduse Worku(jr)- Whitney Young - 15:40
2. Evan Radomski(jr)- Whitney Young - 15:50
3. Bukuru Anaclet(jr)- Von Steuben - 15:58
4. Jeremy Adams(jr) - Jones - 16:10
5. William Skzwarek(jr)- Whitney Young - 16:11
6. Zach Benes(jr)- Jones - 16:18
7. Kyle Friedler(jr)- Northside - 16:22
8. Jaimie Marcos(jr)- Von Steuben - 16:25
9. Danny Zamudio(jr)- Payton - 16:38
10. Arthur Santoro(jr)- Jones - 16:42
11. Ulises Bautista(jr)- Pritzker - 16:51
12. Alex Ortiz(jr)- Northside - 16:59
13. Eduardo Rodriguez(jr)- Lindblom - 17:00
14. Josh Generenraich(jr)- Jones - 17:01
15. Mouhcine Kadhi(jr)- Von Steuben - 17:09
...Luwane Pipkins of Bogan. Pipkins led Bogan to a 47-42 upset win over much favored Simeon for the CPS boys basketball title. Pipkins will be playing basketball for the University of Massachusetts next year.
Nothing against Pipkins, but the following two athletes could have also easily won the award.
Pavlo Hustalyuk(sr) of Lane Tech. He won the CPS cross country title and won state in the 1600 meter run. His state winning time of 4:08 is an all time school and CPS record in that event. He also holds the Lane Tech school record in the 800 meter run and has an All-American medal in the 4x800 meter relay. He will be attending the University of Iowa to run track.
Mossimo Chavez(sr) of Whitney Young. That's right a swimmer! Not just any swimmer. Chavez is likley the most decorated swimmer in Whitney Young history. He has too many CPS championships to count. He finished second in the state by .01 of a second in the 50 yard free style and has 4 all state finishes for Whitney Young- most by anybody in school history. Not only that but Chavez holds as many state medals as the entire Public League (minus Whitney Young) COMBINED in the last 20 years. Chavez will swim for Ohio State next year.
(rough order)(time is the time they ran at CPS meet last year as a junior.)
Please comment for additions/corrections.
1. Walmer Saavedra(sr) - Lindblom - 15:09
2. Nikolas Merten(sr)- Jones - 15:25
3. Danny Rosen(sr)- Northside - 15:37
4. Nico Moreno(sr)- Jones- 15:46
5. Robel Yemane(sr) - Mather - 15:51
6. Mauricio Galvan(sr)- Kennedy- 15:52
7. Sam Wischnewsky(sr)- Whitney Young - 15:54
8. Ethan Berrto(sr)- Jones - 15:59
9. Augustin Alfaro(sr) - Lane - 16:29
10. Pedro Fernandez(sr)- Lane - 16:45
11. Charles Sandburg(sr) - Whitney Young - 16:54
12. Steven Kruto(sr)- Jones - 10:57
13. Ivan Buccio(sr)- Whitney Young - 11:00
14. Gobinda Darlami(sr)- Mather- 17:06
15. Felipe Espinosa(sr)- Foreman - 17:10
16. Ryan Wangman(sr)- Whitney Young - 17:10
17. Edgar Flores(sr)- Solorio - 17:10
18. Colin Boyle(sr)- Lane - 11:05
19. Sarrin Chethik(sr)- Northside - 11:09
20. Zack Sebeck(sr)- Whitney Young - 11:10
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.
Class 2A Team
23rd place - Payton
Class 2A Individual
51.- 15:35 - Mauricio Galvan(jr)- Kennedy
140. - 16:40 - Ryan Reynolds(sr) - Lake View
15. - 14:58 - Walmer Saavedera(jr)- Lindblom (All-State finish)
74. - 15:46 - Robel Yemane(jr) - Mather
134. - 16:18 - Lenjiso Tuke(jr)- Senn
Class 3A Individual Qualifiers
58. - 15:10 - Clayton Mendez(fr)- Whitney Young
114. - 15:29- Pavlo Hutsalyuk(sr)- Lane Tech
110- 15:28 - Abraham Tobias(sr)- Taft
Class 2A Team Qualifiers
Class 2A Individual Qualifiers
Mauricio Galvan(jr)- Kennedy
Ryan Reynolds(sr) - Lake View
Walmer Saavedera(jr)- Lindblom
Robel Yemane(jr) - Mather
Lenjiso Tuke(jr)- Senn
Class 3A Individual Qualifiers
Clayton Mendez(fr)- Whitney Young
Pavlo Hutsalyuk(sr)- Lane Tech
Abraham Tobias(sr)- Taft
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
Urban Prep Englewood
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
3. Whitney Young
6. Von Steuben
1. Chicago Bulls College Prep
2. Gary Comer College Prep
6. Instituito Health Career Sciences
7. Urban Prep/Englewood
2. Lincoln Park *
4. Lake View
7. Austin *
10. Gage Park
11. Little Village
* These schools may not be pure neighborhood schools
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.
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.
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.
More posts coming soon....