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Keelan tops 1600 Meter Record (Again) at ICOPS

Published by
Mike Newman   on Mar 4 2013, 08:01 PM

By Michael Newman

Romeoville, Ill --- Walking into Lewis University and its track center Sunday afternoon, even with all the athletes inside, you could smell the track is new. The university last December put in a new mondo surface that the hope would be that it would make things faster for the athletes.

 

From the performances at the ICOPS Championships, I would say it has.

 

Two records were broken in the field events, only one on the track. The performances were fast enough to be among the best in the state.

 

 

The 1600 Meter Run at the end of the meet gave Jack Keelan (St. Ignatius Prep, Chicago) time to watch the meet and see how fast the track was.  Keelan took care of business and broke his own record in the race.

He knew he wanted a fast time, which he did in 4:16.29, but there was a method to this race. “I really wanted to take advantage of this new track, the new surface, “Keelan said. “I wanted to go out in 2:10 and negative split it but the splits were closer together. It was the same time so I’m happy.”

There was a large pack with him as he passed by the first 400 in 64 seconds. But as he attacked he lap with his even pacing, only John Craft (Marmion Academy, Aurora) was only able to stay within eye sight of him.  He passed the 800 in 2:09 the only concern for him was his pace and the clock. He crossed the finish line less than a second faster than last year but nevertheless a broken record.

 

His fitness level shows that he can go much faster. A week prior, he ran 9:11 in a meet in Washington DC that his entire team traveled to. “The pace was huge. 480 kids so the fields were big. We wanted to go out as a team and win the meet. I won the mile and just ran so I could get the points,” Keelan added. “I wanted to really work the 2 Mile (He ran 9:11 in that race). It was like a dry run for Arcadia.”

 

Keelan’s 1600 Splits :      31.3-64.2-1:36.6-2:09.8-2:42.2-3:14.6-3:46.2-4:16.3


The most exciting race of the day was the 800 Meter Run. Going into the bell lap, Kyle Hauser (Marist HS, Chicago), and Kevin Grahovec (Marmion Academy, Aurora) were side by side not one of them wanting to give up the lead. The last 200 meters the two runners were side by side. Hauser made a surge in the last 50 meters slowly drifty to the outside. The margin of victory was only two hundredths of a second. Hauser & Grahovec have the second and third fastest times in the state for this event.

 

St. Ignatius won the team title in convincing fashion by 59 points over Providence Catholic despite only having three other race winners besides Keelan. Chris Korabik  took the lead 800 meters into the 3200 Meter Run and held on to beat teammate Andrew Weber by 5 seconds (9:53.78 – 9:58.86).

 

They won the 800 Meter Relay in an event where mishaps ruled the day. Several teams were having troubles getting the stick around the track. In the section that St. Ignatius ran in, Mt. Carmel edged the Wolfpack at the line for the apparent win but was disqualified for interference. Their last event win was the 1600 Meter Relay where they nipped De La Salle by one hundredths of a second.

 

Mike Hyc (St. Laurence HS, Burbank) broke the Shot Put meet record on his third round attempt of 54-8.  That mark is currently the eighth best in the state.

 

Mike Monroe (Providence Catholic HS, New Lenox) had the meet won in the High Jump when all of his fellow competitors could not clear 6-4. Monroe had the bar moved up to 6-7. On his third attempt at that height, he cleared the bar to give him a meet record and new indoor PR. He is currently ranked fourth in the state with that height.

 

His teammate Andrew Helmin had a big day recording three wins. By the look on his face after the 55 Meter Hurdles, he was not satisfied with his performance. He did hold off Quentin Patten (DeLaSalle Inst, Chicago) by three hundredths of a second recording the second fastest time in the state (7.61). He also won the 400 Meter Dash (52.19) and the 200 Meter Dash (23.66).

 

Chad Weaver was the other event winner for Providence. On a day where he was asked to compete in three other events and trying to shake the after effects of a fair performance at the PV Summit, Weaver looked great in clearing 15-0 for the win. He had the bar raised to 15-8 where he had three good misses. For Weaver, it is something to build off of for the next competition.

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