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DyeStat IL Weekend Highlights - March 4, 2013

Published by
Mike Newman   Mar 5th 2013, 5:49am

Sorry we did not provide for you a weekend recap last week. I think you can understand that I was a wee bit busy getting DyeStat IL ready for you! But…we are back….


Another week has gone by and the TFX performance charts continue to fill for the state of Illinois. The beginning of March signals the beginning of some of the bigger meets throughout the state. This weekend was the time some of the college venues to have high school athletes at their complexes as meet were held at Champaign, Normal, Jacksonville, Romeoville, and Carbondale.


You have seen the recaps from both of the York meets, The PV Summit, Hononegah, and ICOPS. Here is a look at some of the action that DyeStat IL could not be at.


SIU Invitational


The girls meet on Friday night signaled the return of Edwardsville’s Emmonnie Henderson to the Shot Put ring. She has not lost a step. Maybe it was the fact that Banki Oginni (Hoffman Estates HS, Hoffman Estates)  already had a 46-7 ½ mark on the leaderboard. In her first meet, Henderson won the Shot Put with a put of 47-0, US #5 and best in Illinois. It will be an interesting year in this event.


The boys meet on Saturday also had the spotlight on the field events. The High Jump produced a pair of US#1’s with Kyle Landon (Chester HS, Chester) winning on fewer misses over Alex King (Massac County HS, Metropolis) with both athletes clearing 6-10. Landon has the resume with a state title in 1A last year. King’s best was 6-7 at last year’s2A state finals when he finished second. Ja’mari Ward (Cahokia HS, Cahokia) is a freshman jumper jumping like a senior. He won the Long Jump with the US #15 23-2 1/2. Definitely the guy to beat in 2A this year.


There were some great races also ion the track. Cahokia ran the third best time in Illinois this year with an 8:03.89. Second was 1A state Cross Country champions Champaign St. Thomas More when they ran 8:07.66. Coach David Behm did not want to display the quality of this team this early, but this quartet has the chance to break the 1A state record.


Blake Hale (Robinson HS, Robinson) ran the fastest time in the state with a 1:57.93 clocking to win the 800 Meters. Darren Payton (Cahokia HS, Cahokia) finished second. Hale came back later in the afternoon to also win the 1600.


ISU Invitational


It was not a jaw dropper, but Riley McInerney (Charleston HS, Charleston) turned some heads with his win in the 1600 Meter Run. The senior ran away from the pack to win in 4:22.98, the fourth fastest time in the state. McInerney ran the last 400 in 60 seconds flat. Teammate Chase Black set an indoor PR when he won the Pole Vault with a 14-7 clearance.


Jacksonville Invitational


Further south, Marc Maton (Glenwood HS, Chatham) was running another solo race. Last week, it was a 9:35 by himself at Normal West. He made quick work of the field Friday running 4:21.42 winning the 1600 Meter run, 10 seconds faster than Nathan Hoffman (Springfield HS, Springfield). Maton & McInerney are showing that they are the two best distance runners in 2A already this season.


Jonathan Boey (MacArthur HS, Decatur) started the first of his double meet weekend at Jacksonville.  Boey sent a message to hometown favorite and defending 2A 100 Meter Dash Champion Reggie Bratton (Jacksonville HS, Jacksonville) by winning the 55 Meter Dash in a state best 6.42 seconds. Bratton finished sixth in the finals after running 6.55 in the prelims.


Sarah Bell (Bloomington Central Catholic HS, Bloomington) tuned up for nationals this weekend in New York by clearing 12-10 to win the Pole Vault. That performance is a US #4. On Saturday, Rachel Rhodes (Williamsville HS, Williamsville) won the small school High Jump with an IL #3 5-6.


Centennial Charger Invitational


Jonathan Boey was back on the track again Saturday, this time at the U of I Armory. He won the 60 Meter Dash over a tough field including last year’s third place finisher in the 3A 100 Bennett Gray (Edwardsville HS, Edwardsville). Boey’s time of 7.00 was fifteen hundredths of his seasonal best. He also won the 200 in 22.65. If he can stay healthy, he could be the sprinter to watch in 2A.


Belleville West and Edwardsville had to be frustrated that they could not be on the track at Normal West due to bad weather. They let that frustration loose on Saturday. The conference rivals went at it in the 4 x 200 Meter Relay. Edwardsville left the armory with another win running 1:31.90, a little bit off of what they ran at Arkansas in January. Belleville West was a second behind (1:32.91).


Jamion Nash (Belleville West HS, Belleville) made it known that everyone should not be thinking that the Lake Park jumpers will cruise to a 1-2 finish at state. Nash unleashed an IL #2 46-11 Triple Jump to win the event by three feet. Devaughn Dix (Bloomington HS, Bloomington) had a busy day both on the track and in the field. Dix finished second in the 60 High Hurdles running 8.31 seconds. He won the High Jump clearing 6-6 and winning on fewer misses over Julian Harvey (Edwardsville HS, Edwardsville). Dix was also part of the Bloomington 4 x 4 relay that ran 3:31.29 to win the event.


Luke Vaughn (Centennial HS, Champaign) pleased the hometown crowd with a new PR in the Shot Out with a performance of 58-1 ½, the third longest put so far this year in the state. Kyrin Tucker (Normal West HS, Normal) finished second with a mark of 55-3 ½.


Joe Scarpino Invitational


The small track at Buffalo Grove HS did not produce some of the fastest times. It did not stop the performances in the field events. Last year’s Shot champ Josh Freeman (Cary-Grove HS, Cary) used this meet as a point of emphasis as he had his first mark over 60 feet. Brandon Lombardino (Grant HS, Fox Lake) surpassed Brendan Duncan (Waterloo HS, Waterloo) with a winning put of 59-9. That performance puts him #1 in the state, but also #7 in the United States.


Aurora City Meet


The big mark of the night came from Peyton Wade (Aurora Christian HS, Aurora). She left the Vaughn Center with the state’s best 5-8 in the High Jump. Her previous best was last year when she jumped 5-5 ¾ at a summer meet. Riley Kittridge (Waubonsie Valley HS, Aurora) also improved his PR in the Shot Put with a put of 57-10. That mark places him #4 in Illinois.


Batavia Meet 3/1 & 3/2


Scott Filip and Marcus Jegede (Lake Park HS, Roselle) did not like they were relegated to the open Triple Jump at the Di Invitational. It did not bother them as Filip leaped 46-8 while Jegede leaped 46-6, both placing them in the top 6 in the state. Three Lake Park jumpers are now in the top 10. Coincidentally, Cahokia has the same number.


St. Charles East took advantage of the 200 Meter track in the Coach Heimsath Invitational. Brittney Williams and Jordan Shead produced two of the top times in the state as they finished two hundredths of each other (58.91-58.93). They both came back in the 4 x 400 Meter Relay to give St. Charles East the fastest time in the state running 3:58.73.


Other meets of interest:


Wheaton-Warrenville South’s McKenna Kiple and Hope Schmelzle moved away from Hinsdale Central’s Jill Hardies in the closing laps to go 1-2 in the 1600 in a meet at Hinsdale Central. Kiple’s time of 5:09.10 is the fourth fastest 1600 in the state while Schmelzle ran 5:11.70 to record the eighth fastest.


3A Cross Country champ Madeline Perez (glenbard West HS, Glen Ellyn) ran an impressive 3200 / 1600 double at the Lady Panther Invitational at Proviso West. She started the day running 10:41.1 to lap the field in winning the 3200. She came back in the 1600 to run 5:06.9 to win by 19 seconds over teammate Lisa Luczak.


Leroy Chapman (Antioch HS, Antioch) ran in his first 400 at the inaugural Antioch Invitational run at Wisconsin-Parkside. The senior recorded the second fastest time in the state in the 400 with a 50.26 clocking.


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