Lane's 3rd place finish at the CPS meet seems a long time ago. At the Northside Boys Class 3A sectionals Lane Tech delivered big time as they qualified for state in all 4 relays and in the long jump and 1600 meter run.
Jones is smiling after their 7:48.55 in the 4x800 meter relay. That times bests their school record set two years ago of 7:54.69 when they set a CPS meet record.
CPS high jump champ Josh Willams(sr)came up with a big time performance by qualifying for state in the high jump with a leap of 6-5. The basketball player delivers a rare state meet qualifier for Schurz.
City champion Whitney Young had to leave the meet a bit disappointed after qualifying for state in only the 4x8, 800, and discus.
Matt Fleming(sr) of Simeon qualifies for state with a 22-3 leap on his first attempt in the long jump at the Lyons Class 3A Boys Track Sectionals. Fleming was 5th in the state last year in the long jump. The 22-3 is longer than the jump that won state last year.
Many of the big sectionals are happening today. Here are just some marks in this big day for the CPS.
Lane 1:29.73 in the 4x200.
Antwon Foster(jr) of Prosser 50.26 in the 400 meter.
Emanuel Onoh(jr) of Lincoln Park 11.12 in the 100 meter to qualify for state. His time has to be some kind of modern day Lincoln Park school record. Onoh is only a junior.
Abraham Tobias(sr) of Taft 1:57.35 unofficial in the 800. (could be a modern era school record).
Jones 7:48.55 in the 4x800. Lane 7:53.91. Whitney Young 7:57.15. I have never seen 3 CPS teams break 7:57 in the same race.
Tons of CPS girls qualify for the finals at the state prelims
Nichyria Bird(sr) of Ogden top qualifier in class 1A triple jump (38-11.75).
Morgan Park girls are giving glimpses of past glory as they qualifies for the finals in the 4x1, 4x2, 4x4, 400, and two in the 100 and 200 for class 2A.
Freshman AmiraYoung(fr) of Whitney Young12.04 in the 100.
Deondre McNeal(jr) of Orr finished all-city in the 200 and 400 meter dash. He ran a 21.99 in the sectionals last year. But, he has not come close to that time so far this time this year. However, with the weather warming up and competion increasing, this could be the time of the year that McNeal heats up again. McNeal is also a star running back on the Orr football team. Check out his speed and moves in this YouTube video.
McNeal and Orr will be at the Marshall Boys Track Class 2A sectional tomorrow along with North Lawndale, Payton, Bulls, Marshall, Urban Prep Bronzeville, and others.
Nathan Taylor(sr) of Whitney Young placed 2nd in the 110 meter hurdles and the 300 intermediate hurdles at the CPS meet. Taylor missed qualifying for the finals last year in both events by 1 place. Coincidentally, the 16 points he scored in those events this year was the exact margin of victory that Whitney Young had over 2nd place Morgan Park. While the distance runners from Whitney Young get a lot of attention, it took a complete team effort for Whitney Young to be the champions this year. Guys like Taylor worked hard to make it happen.
Whitney Young, Lane Tech, Taft, Jones, Prosser, Von Steuben, Northside, Foreman, Lake View, Lincoln Park, Schurz, and Steinmetz will be at this Friday's Northside Class 3A Boys Track Sectionals.
Jeremiah Davis(jr) of Collins finished a surprise 2nd in the 100 meter dash at the CPS meet. His time of 11.08 in the prelims was a personal best. Davis is also the starting quarterback of an emerging Collins football team that plays in the Illini Heartland Conference. Look out for Davis and Collins at this week's class 1A boys track state Lisle Sectionals.
Clark, Ogden, and others are also going to be at the Lisle Sectional.
110 meter hurdles city champion Francisco Gasca(sr) of Mather.
I gotta give some props to Mather. Every year I keep underestimating them, yet every year they deliver results at the end of the year. Case in point, this year's Mather team. I did not have any expectations of them due to heavy losses due to graduation which included 1:56 800 meter runner Deivi Tahiraj, CPS meet discus runner up Robert Alexander, and CPS meet long jump runner up Dontel Payne. Yet, despite the losses to graduation, Mather still managed to finish a solid 6th at the CPS meet ahead of Simeon, Jones, Phillips, Lindblom, and Northside.
Although Mather has a tradition of distance and cross country success, on the track Mather is making it happen through solid development of hurdles and jumps. 84% of the CPS meet points came from hurdles or jumps. Franciso Gasca(sr) led Mather this year by finishing 4th in the long jump and winning the 110 meter high hurdles. Mather had Matthew Carter(sr) and Tavon Henley(jr) finish all-city in the 300 meter hurdles. Few teams can boast that they have 3 all city hurdlers. Mather could have had even more points at the CPS varsity meet , but they smartly held back talented jumper Dolapo Olayinka(so) to compete at the CPS sophomore meet. There he shined by winning the triple jump, finishing 2nd in the high jump, and 2nd in the long jump.
I love how Mather recognizes athletes in their school and converts them to hurdlers and jumpers. This strategy has been working well for Mather.
Mather will be the lone CPS school at this Thursdays Class 3A Boys Track Sectionals at Loyola Academy.
Demoria Harris(sr) shortly after taking the baton in the final exchange of the CPS Meet record breaking 4x200 meter relay in last week's CPS Meet Prelims. Dunbar's time of 1:28.61 broke the previous record held by Marshall's 1967 team of B. Williams, H. Booker, D. Langston, E. Johnson that ran a hand time of 1:29.0.
"I'm ready...I'm ready for state," said Demoria Harris(sr) the anchor leg of the record setting team. Dunbar will likely run an all senior team. In addition to Harris, Dunbar returns Raquon Erving(sr) and Joseph Branch(sr). All three ran on Dunbar's 5th place state class 2A 4x200 relay team.
Joseph Branch(sr) will play a major role in Dunbar's state meet relay hopes. Branch ran a leg on Dunbar's all state 4x200 meter team and finished 6th in the 100 meter dash at last Saturday's CPS Meet.
Dunbar has been moved up to class 3A last year. Dunbar will compete at the Lyons Sectional next Friday.
Freshman speedster Romell Clark(fr) of Dunbar has the lead 20 yards into the 100 meter dash, but eventual champion Myles Davis(left, so) of Payton overcame him. Clark finished 2nd. Teamwise, Dunbar came in 2nd place - only 5.5 points away from champion Lane. Patyon finished 6th in the middle of a tight bunch of teams. 6 teams finished 8 or less points from Payton. Jones, behind the strength of middle distance runner Arthur Santoro(so) finished a strong 3rd with 60 points.
David Oluyadi(so) of Lane in the high jump. Lane's boys varsity team may got tumbled by rival Whitney Young. But their sophomore team showed they are well abled for the future as Lane held off Dunbar, Morgan Park, and others to win at the sophomore level.
Lindblom wins the sophomore 4x800 with a time of 8:37.83. Jones and Whitney Young also broke 9 minutes. Lindblom, Jones, and Whitney Young's sophomore 4x800 times would have been good enough to score at the varsity level. Lindblom's 8:37.83 is one of the fastest times I can remember in a CPS sophomore race. Lindblom was all over the place in middle and long distance events. They are clearly a distance program on the make and the tops distance program by far from the south and southwest sides.
1. Lindblom 8:37.83 2. Whitney Young 8:45.50 3. Jones 8:50.03 4. Morgan Park 9:03.13 5. Mather 9:07.26 6. Lane 9:17.73 7. Urban Prep Englewood 9:37.60 8. Northside 9:45.74 9. Taft 10:00.19 10. Payton 10:07.65 11. Speer - DQ 12. Von Steuben - DNS
Dark clouds and lightning fills the sky at Hanson shortly before the scheduled start of the CPS Sophomore Meet.
CPS Sophomore Meet Cancelled Due to Lightning and Rain....Meet rescheduled tomorrow and will be combined with varsity championship meet.
The first sections of the 3200 meter run will be run during field events followed by the finals. Unofficially I am hearing that the varsity finals will go first followed by the sophomore finals.
For example, the 4x800 could look like this:
Varsity Girls 4x800 finals Varsity Boys 4x800 finals Sophomore Girls 4x800 finals Sophomore Boys 4x800 finals
followed by regular running of events.
Like it or hate it, this will change the dynamics of the meet. First of all there will be a bigger crowd, more athletes in stadium, and probably have much more energy in a meet already filled with excitement. Another thing to factor is that individuals who are running multiple events will have more time in between races.
Greg Franklin(jr) and Whitney Young delivered big time in prelims. Franklin qualified for the finals in the shot put and discus. Sophomore Barry Brookins(so) gave Whitney Young a major boost by coming up with the 2nd best qualifying throw in the discus. Can Whitney Young continue their momentum in tomorrow's finals as they try to hold off Lane, Morgan Park, and others in the team competition? Whitney Young will face stiff competition from Jones, Lindblom, Northside, and others in distance/middle distance events.
Look for a lot of action at tonight's CPS Sophomore Meet. The team race is wide open and lots of individual competition. Pictured above is Tahaun WIlliams(so) of Dunbar. Williams has the top seed in the 300 hurdles, the 2nd seed in the 110 high hurdles, and runs a leg on the top seeded Mighty Men 4x200 meter relay.
The CPS is trying something new this year as they are combining the boys sophomore finals with the girls sophomore finals in one big meet. This should provide some great build up for tomorrow's combined varsity championship.
Here are some things I am going to keep my eye on:
Dolapo Olayinka(so) of Mather in the jumps. Olayinka will be easy to spot as this 6-4'ish basketball player will be all over the place as he tries to score high for Mather in the high jump, long jump, and triple jump. His 40-3 leap in the triple jump during prelims was the only mark to break over 40 feet.
The 4x8 should sizzle. This event has a lot of build up. It should not result in a Paquiao/Mayweather let down. Sophomore Cross Country champion and defending 4x800 meter champion Jones will be fielding a strong team just to fend off the competition. Whitney Young young ems will be there as will upstart Lindblom. Morgan Park ran an 8:53.84 in the prelims (which is 8 seconds faster than the championship time last year). Even Urban Prep ran a 9:12 in prelims. Lane will be forced to field a top notch squad if they have hopes of scoring high team points. Then there is Northside, Mather, and others. You could see several team break nine minutes here with the champion under 8:40?
Myles Davis(so) and Payton. Myles Davis is quickly becoming the face of Payton as the Payton football star will be a major factor in Payton's team points. Davis enters the meet with the top qualifying time in the 200 (23.38), the second fastest in the 100, and he ran a leg on a Payton 4x1 and 4x200 relay teams. The Payton 4x100 team made some noise by beating Phillips and Morgan Park in prelims.
Justin Jackson(sr) of UIC and Desmond Burdell(jr) of Harlan in the 200 meter prelims. Burdell made it out of the 100 meter gauntlet to advance to the finals. He snagged the final qaulifying spot with a time of 11.23.
Chris Gibson(sr-left) of Lane and Demoria Harris(sr) of Dunbar. Gibson came up really big for Lane today as he was one of two Indians to advance to the 400 meter finals. Teammate Pavlo Hutsalyuk(sr) had the top qualifying time of 50.38. Johnson advanced two runners in the 400 meter finals.
Demoria Harris(sr) of Dunbar had a monster day as he had the top time in the 100 meter (10.81) and anchored Dunbar's qualifying 4x1 relay and 4x200 (1:28.61) relay.
Markiyan Protsiv(sr) of Jones leads in the first heat of the 800 meter run. Whitney Young sophomore Evan Radomski(so) is behind him followed by Abraham Tobias(sr) of Taft. All of the favorites advanced in the distance and middle distance events. Von Steuben did not mess around in the 4x800 as they finished with the top qualifying spot with a solid time of 8:41.98. Lake View and Taft took the final qualifying spots in the 4x800.
Lane, Morgan Park, and Dunbar all look good team wise after reviewing half of the results.
100 meter dash Only 8 make it to the finals. Phillips top sprinter Dwayne Collins(sr) and 100 meter state champ Demoria Harris(sr) battle it out in Heat 3. Also in there is rising sophomore Kolani Cole(so) of Kenwood. Emmanual Onoh(jr) of Lincoln Park - an unknown going into the season - has the top seed time in heat 1 with a time of 11.17.
800 meter run Don't expect super blazing times as the top guys are just going to qualify. 14 runners qualify for the finals. 8 have seed times 2:00 or faster. The leaders will be pushed by runners trying to make it to the finals.
400 meter run Antwon Foster(jr) of Foster has emerged this year and has the top seed time of 50.26. But despite his fast seed time, I get the feel that this event is wide open as there is no top flight returning 400 meter runners in this event - except maybe for Deondre McNeal(jr) of Orr. Lane decided to run Pavlo Hutsalyuk(sr) in the 400 where he will face off with Kevin Ma(sr) of Whitney Young in heat 1. Both are usually viewed as 800 meter runners. We'll see what they can do in the 400. Also look out for Charles Williams(sr). Not only is he representing Johnson College Prep, but also charter schools.
1600 meter run It took a 4:41.09 to advance to the finals last year. Look for Jones, Whitney Young,and Northside to advance two runners each. Right there with them will be Walmer Saavedra(jr)- 3rd in the CPS cross country meet - of Lindblom and Abraham Tobias(sr) of Taft. Lane will probably get 1 or 2 guys in the finals but the question is how close can they be to the leaders in this loaded 1600 meter run.
Sprint Relays The team top teams are just looking to advance. But in sprint relays there is very little room for error. Every handoff must be there, every runner must run well. Dunbar, Phillips, Lane, and Morgan Park look to advance in every sprint relay. Simeon and Robeson the relay school, could post a good time in a couple relays. There are also a host of other schools that could stack up and try to advance to the finals on a relay or two like Solorio, Johnson College Prep, and Prosser did last year.
Field Events Field events will be critical in the team races. Morgan Park has done well in field events so far this year. Lane and Whitney Young must perform in order to boost their team chances. But this is their time to shine. The CPS meet brings in everyone from the city, so they will be facing their toughest competition. There are a lot of individuals that could put a bit of damper. The high jump seems wide open this year. It may take over 19 feet to advance to the finals in the long jump this year. There are some new names like Terrell WIlliams(so) of Hope (19-10 seed mark), and Devon Lee(so) of Tilden (19-7 seed mark).
Malik Apata(fr) of Prosser in the shot put. Apata was one of only two freshman that advanced to the finals in the shot put. In a promising sign for the CPS in the shot put, 3 competitors threw over 40 feet.
Hard to tell who is ahead at this point, but Morgan Park, Dunbar, Lane, Jones, and even Lindblom had a great day. Lindblom had two qualifiers in the 400, 800, and 1600. Plus has their 4x400 and 4x800 relays advance and they will certainly have at least 1 solid runner in the 3200 meter. Taft had 3 relays advance.