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.
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.
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.
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.
There is a reason why the Lane Tech girls track team always performs at a high level. For a look at how they operate check out this cool video by Illinois MileSplit. It shows up and coming Lane Tech girls track coach Jeff Bryant at a recent Lane Tech girls track practice. The location is Lane Stadium on a beautiful but windy day with lots of activities going on at the same time including the Lane boys track practicing and North Side Prep and Lane participating in a girls lacrosse match.
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.