Markel Leonard(so) of Robeson runs an unofficial 4:54 to win his heat of the 1600 meter run!
Lindblom freshman Walmer Saavedra(fr) of Lindblom looks good in qualifying in the 1600 meter run!
About 7 years ago if a CPS runner ran in the 4:40's they were considered a distance stud. However, due to a bunch of factors the CPS has dramatically improved in distance the past few years. Lane won the 4x800 meter relay at the state meet last year. Jones won the class 2A state championship fall.
Markel Leonard(so) of Robeson begins to take charge with 200 yards to go in this heat of the 1600 meter run. Behind him is Lane's Luis Ramirez(so), Foreman's Saul Hernandez(so) and Payton's Wesley Chan(so).
The distance bug seems to be catching to a few other schools besides Lane and Jones. It officially hit the south side as Robeson sophomore Markell Leonard(so) won his heat of the 1600 meter run with an unofficial time of 4:54.
"That is his first time running under 5 minutes in his life in a race. He's been working hard and now it's starting to show," said the Robeson coach on Leonard's performance.
In a scene not from the Twilight Zone, Lindblom's Walmer Saavedra(fr) is ahead of Will Sarchet(so) of distance power Jones and Raymond Jurekiewicz(so) of Lincoln Park with 200 yards to go in their heat of the 1600 meter run.
Another south sider, Walmer Saavedra(fr), also showed some promise. I do not have his official time, but I know he broke 5 minutes in qualifying for the 1600 meter finals. That is the first time I have ever heard of a Lindblom distance runner running that fast.
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