Ground breaking ceremony earlier this month for Lindblom's new football and soccer field and track Chicago's 1st Lady, Amy Rule, AKA Mrs. Rahm Emmanuel, 16th Ward Alderman, Ms. JoAnn Thompson, Chicago Parks CEO Michael Kelly, Lindblom Principal, Alan Mather.
Lindblom Park located at 6054 S. Damen will be home to a new football and soccer field. Surrounding the field turf will be a nice 8 lane all weather track complete with a high jump area and long jump pit. The field is set to open this October.
Amy Rule, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel's wife said, “With this new track and field, Lindblom high school students will continue to be champions in the fields of math and science as well as in track and field.”
Lindblom football players at the ground breaking ceremony. This new field will increase the excitement even more at Lindblom. They came into this season with high hopes, this new field will definitely boost interest at Lindblom for their sports teams- especially football and track. Look for the track to be used this spring.
Maggie Scholle(fr) will be running the freshman girls 2 mile run at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals. Lane Tech girls were boosted this year by the addition of a great freshman class that includes Maggie Scholle, who also took 2nd at the CPS girls varsity cross country meet. Lane boys will run their daunted 4x800 team which if conditions are right could break a school record.
Here is the start list for this weekend's New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, NC
Alexandra Martel(sr) of Lane Tech time of 2:11.93 in the 800 meter run at the girls class 3A state prelims was the fastest time ever for a Lane Tech girl at the state meet and one of the fastest if not the fastest time ever for any CPS girl in the 800 meter run at the state meet. She also ran a leg on Lane's 4x400 meter team that finished 6th at state. Lane also had hurdler Sabrina Matias(jr) finish 7th in the 300 meter hurdles, freshman Maggie Scholle(fr) run an 11:35.52 to finish 23rd in the 3200 meter run, and their 4x800 team finished 12th. In a sign of depth, their 4x800 team made the finals without Martel, their top 800 meter runner.
Lane Tech girlscelebrating after repeating as city champs last Saturday. Lane, Whitney Young, North Lawndale, Westinghouse, and others will be participating at today's Class 3A St. Ignatius Sectionals. Brooks, Morgan Park, and Johnson are at the Chicago U-High Sectional. There will be more sectionals tomorrow. Boys sectionals begin next week.
Girls sectional results will be posted below after they become available.
Runner up Morgan Park shakeswinner Lane Tech's hands after the meet. Pictured in the center is Morgan Park all state 400 meter runner Brandon Riley(sr). Morgan Park came within a surpising 15 points away from Lane. Morgan Park won the boys CPS frosh-soph meet the night before. They are clearly on the rise.
Here are some unofficial final team scores
Girls 1. 130? - Lane Tech 2. 112- Whitney Young 3. 63 - North Lawndale College Prep 4. 62- Westinghouse 5. 50- Brooks 6. 39 - Johnson College Prep
Boys 1. 88 Lane Tech 2. 73 Morgan Park 3. 69 Dunbar 4. 66 North Lawndale College Prep 5. 50 Mather 6. 45 Whitney Young 7. 41 Jones 8. 31 Northside Prep 9. 27 Payton 10. 24 Simeon 11. 23 Phillips 11. 23 Steinmetz
if you have twitter please follow me @ilptt and hashtag #cpschamps14 as I will greatly attempt to tweet-cast today's co-ed championship event by event. We will also have videos up on Milesplit Illinois tonight or tomorrow of each race. We have an assortment of the boys prelim meet that will be uploaded.
An amazing 10 sprinters ran below 11.68 in the 100 meter dash at the CPS Sophomore Trials last Saturday including future stars Trenell Austin(so- left) of Morgan Park and Andre Hamler(fr-right) of Hubbard. Those 10 runners ran a time fast enough to have made the VARSITY 100 meter finals at last years CPS varsity meet. Phillips winning sophomore 4x100 time of 43.88 is so fast that it would have been good enough to finish 4th at last season's CPS varsity meet. Maybe it was a combination of excellent weather and the new track, but if Saturday's Sophomore prelims are a taste of what is coming, this week will be amazing. The girls events will also be very intense. Look for the Lane Tech/Whitney Young rivalry in the team race and several all-state caliber athletes from various schools competing against each other.
all events will be at Hanson
Girls Varsity Trials - Tuesday, May 6, 2014 Boys Varsity Trials- Wednesday, May 7, 2014 Boys Sophomore Finals- Friday, May 9, 2014 Combined Boys and Girls Varsity Finals - Saturday, May 10, 2014
Lane Tech girls track/cross country is continuing to operate at a high level. I believe that one of the biggest reasons why is due to the coaching philosophy of Lane girls coach Jeff Bryant who believes that success is based on effort as opposed to outcome based results.
According to Bryant:
" One of the most difficult things I encounter on a daily basis is getting the girls to focus on performance based results vs. outcome based results. It is much easier to control your performance than it is to control the outcome. In today’s society every person wants to be the best and everything is competition. Competition is good and brings out the best in us but it has to be about more than winning and losing. If it’s only about winning and losing then why run at all? There can only be one winner. I believe it has to be about self-fulfillment. John Wooden stated, “Success is peace of mind, attained only through self-satisfaction and knowing you made the effort to do the best that you are capable.”
I sincerely believe and preach this on a daily basis. I ask for effort more than anything because especially in track you never know what times or placement you are going to get. But I do demand that my athletes give 100% mentally and physically when they are at practice or a race. I know that it is difficult when you look at rankings from other teams or even within your own team but the goal remains on self-improvement. If you can look at yourself in a mirror after a race or workout and know that you gave it everything you had then that is the only thing that truly matters."
For more see Bryant's article: "My Philosophy" from IL Mile Split.
The indoor track facility at Proviso West High School is one of the nicest in the Chicago area. Holding it here is an upgrade to the past CPS indoor meets held at the University of Chicago. It is more fan friendly and most importantly runner/jumper/thrower friendly. Holding it at Proviso West has the potential of having better marks.
CPS Indoor Meet Schedule- 2014
3/22/14, Sunday, CPS Indoor Meet, Group A, Site: Proviso West, 10:00am 3/22/14, Sunday, CPS Indoor Meet, Group B, Site: Proviso West, 2:00pm 3/30/14, Sunday, CPS Indoor Meet, Group C, Site: Proviso West, 10:00am
For the 2014 track season, the CPS is going to break down teams in the following conferences. Not all schools are going to be in a conference because some teams (e.g. Lane Tech, Jones College Prep, Kenwood, Mather, etc) have elected not to participate.
Red West Bulls, Clark, Little Village, Marshall, North Lawndale, Orr, UP West Garfield, Westinghouse, Whitney Young
Blue West Austin, Crane, Douglass, DRW, Juarez, Manley, Powerhouse, UIC
Red North Lake View, Lincoln Park, Schurz, Senn, Steinmetz, Taft, Von Steuben
Blue North Amundsen, Foreman, Kelvyn Park, Ogden, Prosser, Roosevelt, Uplift
South Red Dunbar, Dusable, Gary Comer, King, Muchin, Phillips, UP Bronzeville
South Blue Bowen, Chicago Military, CVCA, Epic, Hirsch, Hyde Park, Perspectives-IIT, South Shore, South Shore Intl
Southwest Orange Bogan, CICS-Ellison, Harper, Johnson, Perspectives-Cal, Robeson, TEAM Englewood
Southwest Brown Curie, Gage Park, Hancock, Hubbard, Kelly, Kennedy, Lindblom, Sarah Goode, Solorio
Far South Orange Brooks, CHAS, Harlan, Morgan Park, Simeon
Far South Brown Carver, CICS- Longwood, Corliss, Fenger, Julian, Washington