Anthony Hudson(sr) of Von Steuben returns after making the city finals in the long jump last year.
With a still developing track program at Von Steuben, progress will be measured by year to year improvement. That being said, I'll be looking at the progress in three areas for Von Steuben.
Anthony Hudson is the only Von Steuben athlete who returns after making the CPS finals last year. After barely even doing the event the entire year, Hudson was a surprise finalist. He squeaked into the finals with the 12th and final spot - beating three other competitors who finished within 2 inches of Hudson's leap of 18-11.75. With some more practice jumping this year, he could improve on his last season best leap of 19-5.5. Health could also be an issue as Hudson was out almost all of the cross country season with an injury. You may also see Hudson high jumping this season as he high jumped 5-9 at the Loyola Sectional last season. A leap of 5-9 would have been good enough to make the CPS finals. On the track, Hudson is a developing 400 meter runner. He ran a 53.11 last year.
Von Steuben has a couple of promising young runners in sophomores William Pawelko(so) and Ajay Joseph(so). Pawelko is an improving distance runner. Joseph ran a 57.56 in the 400 but just missed making the CPS sophomore meet finals by finishing in 9th in prelims. For Von Steuben to improve as a program, they'll need to recruit a lot more athletes (hopefully freshman) and develop them.
The 4x400 was a pleasant surprise last year. Von Steuben ran their hearts out with a 9th fastest time at the CPS meet prelims last year. Their time of 3:32.56 was I think a school record for Von Steuben. They'll have an opportunity to run another fast 4x4 this year. But they will have to do it without Michael Gulan. Gulan- an all city 400 meter runner graduated. I still think Von Steuben can out together a good 4x400 team. We'll see how it shakes out.