You will see the name Nicholas Williams(sr) of Kenwood a lot this year when it comes to throws as he returns with the top discus mark in the CPS with a 126-4 and 2nd best shot put mark of 43-11.5.
Also look for throwers from Whitney Young. Greg Franklin(sr) threw 132-2 his sophomore year. Junior Barry Brookins(jr) busted out with a 121-4 last year as a sophomore. Whitney Young will need both of them and more if they want to repeat as city track champions. CPS cross country champion Whitney Young is distance heavy.
The CPS is always strong in sprints and will be strong in distance. I'd like to see more development in throws. Phillips? Morgan Park? Lindblom? Solorio? Where else?
...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.
David Timlin of Indiana State and a Lane Tech alum will run the 1500 meters prelims at the NCAA track championship in Oregon. The race will be live on ESPNU starting about 7pm eastern time. Only on ESPNU.
Dewayne Collins(sr) led Phillips to a top 15 state finish at the Boys Track Class 2A state meet. That is the highest finish for a Phillips track team in decades. Phillips had 3 top 3 state finishes from 1975 to 1981.
Since the 1980's Phillips had been relatively quite at the state meet and in the CPS.
Then in 2002 Rondell White broke out with a 4th place finish in the 200 meter dash in class 2A and followed it up with a state championship in the 100 meter the following year in class 1A.
Even greater signs of life started in 2012, when their frosh-soph team started to look really good. Since then the Phillips track team (and football team) really started to blossom.
Phillips state points since 2004
2004-2012 - 0 points 2013 - 3 points (7th place 4x200) 2014 - 10 points (1st place 4x200) 2015 - 18 points (2nd place 4x100, 5th place 100 meter, 5th place 4x200 meter)
Dunbar has 3 Top Ten State Finishes in the Last 4 Years
Demoria Harris(sr) and Dunbar scored 20 points and finished 10th in the state in the Boys Track State Track meet. No CPS team has this kind of state finish results on their resume. Dunbar Boys Track State Meet Finishes Since 2012
Pavlo Hutsalyuk(sr) of Lane Tech is surrounded by his elated teammates after winning the state championship in the 1600 meter run in class 3A. Hutsalyuk stunned a star studded field that included state cross country champion Jesse Reiser(sr) of McHenry- who finished 2nd and 3 others ranked in the top 50 nationally.
Hutsalyuk's time of 4:08.19 is a Lane Tech school record and one of the top times in the state in the last 30 years.
Pavlo is hugged by 2nd place finisher Jesse Reiser of McHenry after the race.(Colin B photo). Hutsalyuk took the lead with about 400 yards to go and held off a hard charging Reiser.
Watch out for Demoria Harris(sr) and Dunbar in the 100, 200, and 4x200 relays at today boys track state meet finals. Harris ran a 10.58 in the 100, a 21.62 in the 200, and ran a leg on the 4x200 team that ran a 1:27.10. Harris won the 100 and 200 last year in class 2A.
Pavlo Hutsalyuk(sr) of Lane Tech ran a 4:14.89 to qualify for the finals in the 1600 meter run. It is rare to see a CPS runner make it to the finals in class 3A.
Lot's of eyes will be on Phillips sprint relays as they will clash with Cahokia and others in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays in class 2A.
Walmer Saavedra(jr) of Lindblom will go for an all-state finish in the 3200 meter run in class 2A.
John Battiest(sr) of Morgan Park qualifies for the finals in the long jump with a leap of 20-10.75. A PR for the Mustang senior.
Lindblom 8:21.17 in the 4x800. A modern era school record for Lindblom. 3 sophomores and 1 freshman ran for LIndblom.
Phillips qualifies for the finals in the 4x100 with the top qualifying time of 41.72.
CPS gets two to the finals in the 100 meters. William Fleming(jr) of Urban Prep- Englewood and David Munson(jr) of Phillips got in. Jonathon Stokes(sr) of North Lawndale missed qualifying by less than 0.01 of second. He ran a 11.002.
Two more for the CPS in the 4x200. Urban Prep and Phillips make it to the finals in the 4x200 relay. An already historic day for Urban Prep - Englewood gets even better as they get two finalist now. This is the first year Urban Prep-Englewood has ever gotten anyone to make the finals at the state track meet.
McNeal makes history for Orr. Deondre McNeal(jr) of Orr became the first runner in Orr school history to make the finals in any event at the state track meet when he qualified for the finals in the 400 meter run.
School Record 3:27.68 for Johnson College Prep in the 4x400 relay.
Jecorrey Duncan(jr) of Clark qualified to the finals of the triple jump after a leap of 41-8.00 in the prelims in class 1A at the state meet. He will need to improve on his leap in tomorrow's finals if he wants to score since marks from the prelims carry on into the finals. He has the 11th longest mark and only 9 score. Currently, the 9th mark is 41-10.75. Duncan leaped 42-2 at sectionals. Duncan is trying to become the first state meet scorer for Clark in school history.
A good start for the CPS....more to come tomorrow?
Deshawn Cribbs(jr) and Urban Prep get to show what they can do at a big stage in tomorrow's class 2A prelims. Urban Prep came up with a season best 1:30.52 in the 4x200 relay at sectionals to make it down state. The CPS has two qualifiers in class 1A. In 2A look for Phillips relays, Lindblom's 4x8, Saavedra of Lindblom in the 3200 meter, and a lot more. In 3A, Dunbar will try its luck against the best of the state in the sprint relays. Demoria Harris(sr) will see what he can do in the 100 and 200. Jones has the top qualifying time in the 4x800. School 1600 meter record holder Pavlo Hutsalyuk(sr) of Lane will try to make the finals in the 1600 meter. Tons of story lines in what is looking to be perfect weather.
Class 1A - today Class 2A - tomorrow Class 3A - tomorrow
100 meter 11.10 Jeremiah Davis(jr)- Collins Jeremiah Davis(jr-right) of Collins finished 3rd in the 100 sectionals but his time of 11.10 beat the class 1A state qualifying standard of 11.14. Davis's performance this year will hopefully help resurrect a Collins track program that has not had much life for the past 20-30 years. Collins had a bunch of state qualifiers from 1979 to 1984. Collins now has some tools to work with due to the emergence of Davis and several sprinters from their stophomore team that finished all city in the 4x100 and 4x200 at the CPS sophomore meet.
Triple Jump 42-2 Jaccori Duncan(jr)- Clark The Clark Eagles have never had anyone score at the boys state meet since it opened its doors as a high school in 2002. I don't like making any excuses, but I gotta give Clark some slack. They have only 460 kids in the school. Plus it is not due to lack of trying. Clark has put an effort the last few years. Duncan will at least give Clark a chance to score at the state meet. His 42-2 leap at the Lisle Sectional was the 6th best Class 1A state meet qualifying time. Duncan will need to continue to keep improving on him jumps. At the CPS meet, Duncan finished 6th in the triple jump with a leap of 40-7.5. At the Lisle sectional he leaped 42-2.
Kelsie Prear(sr) and Morgan Park took second at the girls track class 2A state meet.
I got this email from a reader:
Morgan Park lady mustangs with a great showing for CPS no love? No other CPS track team men or women has had their success? Article please? Starting to feel like this blog that says CPS is only loving Lane Tech...... Y? How is it that a sectional meet get publicity over again the only CPS team to win State and be runner up in the last decade? Just wondering if you can show them the love and respect they deserve tired of all the MP bias.
And while I'm at it MP boys are not cheaters a soph beat varsity guys in the Triple Jump last year everyone went crazy!!! But it's funny that we weren't the only team to have people compete at the soph championship then run on a relay for varsity. Not naming but trust we saw it. And in my day it was nothing for that to happen.... Every other sport in the city allows athletes to compete up and down as we call it. Varsity and JV but we now know the rule yet because we are successful we are cheaters? I can see if a varsity guy competed at the JV level but CPS sports has gotten watered down competition is hard to come by, and we need to do a better job showing the success of all the programs and athletes.
Thanks for your time and I just wanted to feel you in on the success of another CPS program that could use some love from somewhere it's crazy how track and field doesn't even get articles in the daily news papers anymore?? Crazy thanks for all you do.