Neilski's list of track athletes you may not heard of much but might by the end of the season:
1. Paul Ukaegbu(sr)- Epic Every year someone seemingly comes out of nowhere to make a big impact. Ukaegbu could be the one this year. He plays soccer in the fall and runs the show in track at Spring for small school Epic. Ukaegbu finished 9th in the 200 at the CPS meet prelims and just missed making the finals. He ran a better time in the 200 in the prelims than Byron Kelley of Brooks, Lonnie Washington of Calumet, and Terry Magee of North Lawndale. It will tough for him to stand out in the sprint rich CPS. However, if he takes another leap of improvement, by the end of the year Ukaegbu could be a story.
2. Chrisford Stevens(sr)- Lake View (CS photo) After being an unknown for most of last season, Stevens busted out with a 20-0.50 long jump leap at sectionals. Stevens is coming off a pretty good football season for the Lake View wild cats where he played wide receiver. This spring, I'll be seeing if Stevens makes another improvement in track. We know he has leaped over 20 feet in the long jump. Now we have to see if he leap over 20 feet on a consistent basis. You also may see Stevens in open sprint event or sprint relays for Lake View.
3. Kwanez Gibson(sr)- Hyde Park Gibson's came out of nowhere last year to finish 5th at the CPS finals in the 110 High Hurdles. He did so by running a PR of 16.05. This was a great time for Gibson as most of the season he ran the 110HH in the 17's. At sectionals, he brought down his time again. This time down to 15.91. With some work, Gibson may be able to bring his time down to the low 15's. If he does that Gibson will be more of a name in this website.
800: 2:07.1 Luis Gomez(jr), 2:08.84 Juan Berumen(sr), 1600: 4:54.16 Luis Gomez(jr), 4:57.20 Juan Berumen(sr) 110HH: 16.20 Justin Feulner(sr) 300IH: 43.43 Justin Feulner(sr) LJ: 20-00.50 Chris Stevens(sr)
The name you will hear about most from Lake View this year will be Justin Feulner(sr). Fuelner returns after finishing all-city in the 110 high hurdles and the 300 intermediate hurdles.
I feel Lake View can also do something in the 4x800. Lake View ran a pretty good time of 8:30.39 last year and their frosh-soph team finished 4th at the CPS sophomore meet last year. Look for 800 meter runners Juan Berumen(sr), Danny Ayala(sr), Luis Gomez(jr), Ryan Reynolds(so), Danny Aguilar(jr), Jose Vasquez(sr) and Christian Calito(so).
Also look out for Chrisford Stevens(sr). Stevens, a wide receiver on the Wildcat football team, came on really strong at the end of last season. He leaped a 20-00.50 in the long jump at sectionals last year after jumping mostly 17 feetish most of the season. You also may see him in the 400 and in sprint relays.
Nominations are coming in for the Chicago Conference Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year.
Email your nomination to Publisher@LaneTechFan.com Nominations with stats will be appreciated. If you include a picture, you may get an article like the one below of Jordan Miller of Lake View.
Jordan Miller(jr/WR-right)) of Lake View- shown here with teammate Justin Fuelner(sr, QB). According to Miller: "I am a Jr Wr Jordan Millerfor Lake View. I feel like I should b
nominated because compared to A lot of receivers in the Chicago
conference I didn't see too many good ones except for a NLCP. I was
probably the best WR besides Deshaun Jordan if not the best. I had:
Season Total; Offesnsive: 17 Rec, 438yards , 6Tds
2rushes, 32yards, Td
Defensive: 1Forced Fumble, 1INT Returned 75yards
Total Yards; 593yards.
(Pic courtesy Jordan Miller)- Lake View made some strides this year. A year away from being promoted from the Inter-City Lake View made an immediate impact in the Chicago Second City Conference. They finished in 2nd place with a 5-1 record. They did not get a chance to play conference champion Austin due to the strike. Watch out for Lake View and WR Jordan Miller who returns next year.
Lake View did not run a varsity team at the CPS meet last year. Therefore, they did not score. Instead, they decided to load up the sophomore team where they finished 6th. Some of those runners from the sophomore team last year are running varsity this year.
Lake View has a solid top 3. Two of them returning runners Danny Ayala(jr) and Luis Gomez(jr). Both were all city at the sophomore level last year. This year's team has also been boosted by the addition of Juan Berumen. Berumen decided not to play soccer and instead focus on cross country.
However key for Lake View this year will be 4th and 5th runners. They will likely be Danny Aguilar(jr) and Ryan Reynolds.
Returnees: Chris Calito(21st at freshman city), Luis Gomez(9th at soph city), Danny Ayala (17th at soph city), Esteban Garcia(45th at soph city)
Lake View will have a strong 1-2 in Luis Gomez(jr) and Danny Ayala(jr). Gomez was 9th last year at the sophomore CPS meet and Ayala was 17th. Both are coming off track seasons running PR's in the 1600. Gomez ran a 4:54 and Ayala was 5:00. Those are good times for sophomores. Look for one or both of them to dip into the 16's this fall in cross country.
The big question for Lake View is will they have enough after Ayala and Gomez?
One athlete that could make a difference is Juan Berumen(sr). Berumen is a 2:07 800 meter type of runner for Lake View. The only issue is that he may not even run cross country as he plays on the soccer team (Lake View the soccer school).
Another possibility if he runs cross country is Jose Vazquez(sr) - a 2:15 type 800 runner. Also look out for sophomore Ryan Renolds(so). Renolds has developed nicely his freshman year. He was a 13 minute 2 miler in cross country. In track he brought down his 2 mile time down to about 11:35.
Playmaker Darius Suggs returns for the Lake View Wildcats
Last Year: 7-2-0 overall; 4-1 and first place in the Intra-City 1 conference.
This year: Lake View got promoted to the Chicago Second Conference after winning the Intra-City 1 conference last year.
Chicago Second City Conference Austin Chicago Academy Manley North Lawndale Lake View Senn Sullivan Uplift
I admit that after the Lake View started last season with a 54-0 lost to Gordon Tech and a 31-20 loss to Sullivan in conference play, I almost wrote them off. But after that Lake View went on a tear and went undefeated the rest of the season, ending the year on a 5 game winning streak.
Their biggest win was a 34-21 upset of a Brian Carter led Kelvyn Park team. If Lake View had lost that game, they would not have been conference champs and Kelvyn Park would be in the Chicago conference.
Lake View returns some quality players from last year's team.
At the quarterback position will be captain Justin Feulner(sr, 6-2, 170lbs, QB/DE/CB). Feulner accounted for a lot of Lake View's offense last year as he can both throw and run. He is also a multi-sport star at Lake View being on the swim team and an all-city hurdler in track.
The featured back will be Darius Suggs (5'6 150, rb/db,sr). Suggs rushed for 741 yards last year on only 32 carries for the Wildcats last year. He has done well in the off season having been named on the 2012 Schuman's All Combine Team and is a Schuman''s U100 Midwest Camp Invitee.
Also look out for Jordan Miller (6'1 170, jr, wr) and Greg Jenkins (5'11 185, sr, lb).
Lake View opens the season with a non-conference game against Gordon Tech. Lake View looks to perform better than their 50-0 schallacking by Gordon last year. Gordon Tech had a pretty good season last year compared to more recent showings, so we'll see how Lake View does this year.
As for conference play Lake View is up in the tougher Chicago Second City Conference. Familiar Sullivan has been moved up to the same conference. Senn from the Illini conference last year will also be there. This conference has no gimme games. North Lawndale and Austin will be tough.
Lake View has a chance to prove itself again in the Chicago conference. They do not want to be sent down to the Inter-City.
I feel that Lake View has enough returning impact players to not finish last in conference. Winning conference is another strory.
Players to Watch Justin Fuelner(sr, 6-2, 170lbs, QB/DE/CB) Darius Suggs (5'6 150, rb/db,sr) Jordan Miller (6'1 170, jr, wr) Greg Jenkins (5'11 185, sr, lb)