2012 Illinois 2A Boys Relays Preview

February, 3, 2012
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Perhaps the toughest thing to forecast at the beginning of February is how a school’s relay will look at in the end of May. Truth is, I doubt there is one coach that knows exactly looks like right now. There is months of tinkering that still needs to be done. So let’s give you an idea of which school’s have the right parts that could contest and see where it takes us.

4 x 800m Relay
7:54.25 Riverside-Brookfield (3rd - AA)
Travis Trevizo SR, John Kingzette SR, Dan Curtin SO, Chris Dziagwa SR, John Keen JR, Spencer Purcell SO.
7:57.83 Normal University (4th - AA)
Brett Emmerson SR, Alex Chavez SR, Brendan Hoskins JR
7:57.99 Galesburg (7th - AA)
Beau Salsman SR, Andrew Smith SR, Shay Hostens SR, Josh Link SR, Steve Quinn SR, Andrew Welch SR.
7:58.67 Chatham-Glenwood (6th - AA)
Whitt Kinley SR, Tyler Brinkman JR, Marc Maton JR.
8:00.79 Rockford Christian (3rd - AA)
Ethan Anderson JR, Tyler Menge SR
8:01.78 Cahokia (8th - AA)
Marlin Brady SO, Darren Payton JR, Jalon Monigan SO, Leon Gillespie SR, Mike Monigan SO, Demeko Stringfellow SO.
8:03.37 Rock Island Alleman (6th - A)
Liam Otto JR, Ethan Adifinger JR, Axel Box JR, Will Graham JR.
8:03.73 Mahomet-Seymour (9th - AA)
Elijah Johnson SR, Cale McCormick SR, Chris Carlton SO, Lucas Prather SR, Leighton Shallenberger JR, Forest Smoes SO.
8:05.20 Sterling (17th - AA prelims)
Aaron Brenner SR, Alejandro Rivera SR, Dylan Harkness SR, Jacob Landis SR, Alex Rodriguez SR.
8:06.72 Burlington Central
Clint Kliem SR, Mike Gulik SR.
8:06.90 Rochelle (18th - AA prelims)
Tyler Rivera JR, Trey Lodico SR, Frank Huftalin SR, Kevin Smith SR, Zech Van Vickle SO.
8:08.37 Maple Park Kaneland (15th - AA prelims)
Mickey Marin SR, Luis Acosta SO, Clayton Brundige SR, Kyle Carter JR, Conor Johnson JR, Kaleb Schuppner SO, Chad Swieca JR.
8:09.32 Aurora Central Catholic (14th - AA prelims)
Matt Meyers JR, Matt Marter SR, Alex Duncan SR, Daniel Aguilera JR, Adrian Alviar JR, Javier Montelongo SO.
8:09.82 Lansing Illiana Christian (12th - AA)
Matt Hall SR, Tony Wondaal SO, Jordan Dekker jR, Mylo Dixon SR, Nathan Rarick SR, Kevin Vreogh SO.
8:09.91 Morton (10th - AA)
Austin Bradford SR, Nick Steffen SR, Fernandez Bjork SR, Matt Lyons JR, Joe Scherer SR.
8:11.34 Sycamore (16th - AA prelims)
John Mathey SR, Zach Aase SR, David Emmert JR, John Guss JR, Riley Powers SR.
8:11.99 Pontiac (13th - AA prelims)
Zac Justus SO, Shawn Milhauser JR, Charles Hodges SR, Brendan Decker JR, Ryan Ingram JR, Josh McCoy SO, Becardy Taylor SR.
8:14.04 Peoria Notre Dame (20th - AA prelims)
Ben Coyer SR, Chris Fortin SO, Ryan Frow SO, Grant Inskeep JR, Michael Kouri SR.

We should see some new blood in this event. The last two champions, Springfield HS and Belvidere (North HS) have moved up to 3A. Last year’s second place team, Yorkville, has moved up as well. New faces should be abound in this event.

Keep an eye on Riverside (Riverside-Brookfield HS). Over the last few years, this school has been moving up in this relay. Last year, they finished 3rd. They have 2 runners from last year’s relay led by Travis Trevizo and John Kingzette.

The one school that could take the big prize is Mahomet (Seymour HS). The Bullldogs had a successful cross country campaign in the fall. You could see this school build off of that this spring. Cale McCormick and Elijah Johnson should be 2 of the top runners of this squad.

Could this be the year for Cahokia HS? It seems like every year that they hammer down a fast time early in the year and then cannot match that at the state meet. Some of it has to do with the runners that are on that squad are in multiple events as well. Marlin Brady and Darren Payton are 2 key members of that squad, but you could see them in other events. Whomever Coach Leroy Milsap decides on, it will be a talented squad that will contest for the championship.

Also keep an eye on the following schools as well: Chatham (Glenwood HS), Galesburg HS, Normal (University HS), Rock Island (Alleman HS), Sterling HS, Maple Park (Kaneland HS), Lansing (Illiana Christian HS), and Aurora (Central Catholic HS).

4 x 100m Relay
41.60 Country Club Hills Hillcrest (7th - AA)
Moshood Adeyemo JR, Anthony McCaskill JR, Shaquille Thompson JR, Joshua Vaughn SR, LaRon Williams SO.
42.00 Centralia (5th - AA)
Adonis Hill SR, Andrew Panega SR, Brandon Engelkins JR, Travondis Lee JR, Stefonta Moore SR.
42.30 Midlothian Bremen (4th - AA)
Torian Parks JR, Demetrius Shelton JR, Dion Starnes SR, Charles Jideonwo SR, James Ruffin JR, David Smith SR.
42.36 Glen Ellyn Glenbard South (2nd - AA)
Tim Magitt SO, Wesley Sanders SR, Jarius Shannon JR, Elven Walker SR.
42.39 Chatham-Glenwood (3rd - AA)
Joey Giovannelli SR, Donovyn Hammonds JR, Quamir McNair JR, Rocky Morse SO, Greg Roberts JR.
42.53 Peoria Central (12th - AA prelims)
Martez Cox JR, Terrall Rankings-Shields SR.
42.56 Peoria Manual
42.60 Richton Park Rich South (12th - AA prelims)
Kristopher Burge SR, Jayshun Clark SR, Parish Voss JR, Brian Mays JR, Sean Arowolaju SR, Christopher Chapman SR, Neil Morenos SR, David Oke SR.
42.66 Maple Park Kaneland (6th - AA)
Jesse Balluff SO, Brandon Cottier JR, Brandon Bishop SO, Sean Carter SR, Dylan Pennington JR.
42.70 Cahokia (16th - AA)
Marlin Brady SO, Trey Story SR, Keenan Hogan SO, Quinntarius Hill SR, Kenny Ball SR, Deandre Irving JR, Chris Moore JR.
42.94 Springfield Lanphier (21st - AA prelims)
Richard Davis SR, Dakota Follis SO, Jameal Hall SR, Dominick Pickens JR.
42.96 Oak Lawn HL Richards
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42.98 Melrose Park Walther Lutheran (5th - A)
Cole Evans SR,Glynn Chatmon SR, Justin McGrady SR, Jeff Walker SR.
43.00 Champaign Centennial (10th - AA prelims)
Jasin Garth SR, Joah Peoples JR,David Briscoe SR, Kameron McCurry JR, Curtis Rainey SO.
43.08 Sterling (9th - AA)
Alex Rodriguez SR, Cornell Hartz JR, Dale Mikan SO, Tyler Peugh SR, Alejandro Rivera SR.
43.08 Jacksonville (18th - AA prelims)
Terez Courtney SO, James Jackson JR, Reggie Bratton JR, DeVanTe Clark SO
43.13 Grayslake Central (19th - AA prelims)
Devon Osborn SR, Joel Valdivia SR.
43.15 Burlington Central (21st - AA prelims)
Parker DeMoss SR, Alex Johnson JR, Jimmy Painter SR, Travis Panariello SO.
43.17 Mahomet-Seymour (11th - AA prelims)
Marshall Graham SR, Ryan Pavesic SR, Jordan Rock JR, Matthew Schaap SR.
43.30 Chicago St. Rita

The defending champs Rock Island (HS) have moved to 3A thus giving us a new champ in this event in 2012.

The quartet that I would keep an eye on is Midlothian (Bremen HS). They have two studs in the relay in Dion Starnes and Torian Parks. This school has a good group of sprinters returning. Plus, they get good competition during the season in the south suburbs. They will be tuned up and ready to go when Charleston rolls around.

Cahokia HS did not make the finals last year in this race. They are usually there so last year’s performance was not the norm. The Comanches have a good group to choose from led by Trey Story and Kenny Ball.

Also watch for Chatham (Glenwood HS). Even though they did surprise some with their state meet performance, this school has built up a good sprint squad. Look for a good relay this year led by Joey Giovanelli.

Other schools to watch in this relay include Country Club Hills (Hillcrest HS), Centralia HS, Glen Ellyn (Glenbard South HS), Maple Park (Kaneland HS), Richton Park (Rich South HS), Melrose Park (Walther Lutheran HS), and Springfield (Lanphier HS).

4 x 200m Relay
1:27.29 Chatham-Glenwood (1st - AA)
Joey Giovannelli SR, Michael Giovannelli SO, Donovyn Hammonds JR, Quamair McNair JR, Rocky Morse SO.
1:27.61 Midlothian Bremen (2nd - AA)
Torian Parks JR, Demetrius Shelton JR, Dion Starnes SR, Robert Fielding SR, Charles Jideonwo SR, David Smith SR.
1:27.95 Centralia (3rd - AA)
Adonis Hill SR, Andrew Panega SR, Brandon Engelkins JR, Travondis Lee JR, Stephonta Moore SR.
1:28.12 Melrose Park Walther Lutheran (1st - A)
Cole Evans SR, Glynn Chatmon SR, Justin McGrady SR, Jeff Walker SR.
1:28.20 Country Club Hills Hillcrest (5th - AA0
Moshood Adeyemo JR, Joshua Vaughn SR, Dequan Doyle SR, Anthony McCaskill JR, Shaquille Thompson JR.
1:29.10 Cahokia (14th - AA prelims)
Kenny Ball SR, Chris Moore JR, Trey Story SR, Marlin Brady SO, Quinntarius Hill SR, Darren Payton JR.
1:29.14 Peoria Central (6th - AA)
Terrall Rankings-Shields SR, Martez Cox JR, Shaquille Johnson SR.
1:29.15 Grayslake Central (7th - AA)
Devon Osborn SR, Tyler Smith SR.
1:29.60 Galesburg (16th - AA prelims)
Travon Diggins JR, Deandre Law SR, Derek Armstrong SR, Grant Boydstun SR, Beau Salsman SR.
1:29.64 Herrin (4th - A)
Demarlo Harris SR, Brock McGee SR, Austin Butler JR, Connor Butler SR, Nathan Lukens SR, Chris Nalley SR.
1:29.68 Springfield Lanphier (13th - AA prelims)
Richard Davis SR, Jameal Hall SR, Joel Thomas SO.
1:29.99 Glen Ellyn Glenbard South (8th - AA)
Jarius Shannon JR, Wesley Sanders SR, Tim Magitt SO.
1:30.12 Peoria Manual
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1:30.20 Richton Park Rich South (12th - AA prelims)
Kristopher Burge SR, Jayshun Clark JR, Christopher Chapman SR, Brian Mays JR, Neil Morenos SR, David Oke SR, Parish Voss SR.
1:30.34 LaGrange Park Nazareth Academy (10th - AA prelims)
Joey DeSimone SR, Rudy Romagnano JR, John McLachlan SR, Nick Murphy JR.
1:30.51 Dixon (19th - AA prelims)
John Worley JR, Zach Henkel SR, Scott Goad SR, Alex LaMendola SO.
1:30.54 Chicago Robeson (11th - AA prelims)
Willie Maddox SO, Dejaire Gunn SO, Devon Sanders JR, Jarvis Wright SR.
1:30.60 Freeport (15th - AA prelims)
Jaylen Robinson JR, Antonio Shorter SO.
1:30.64 Kankakee McNamara (7th - A)
Delano Samuels SR, Pete Sinise SR, Korey Decker SR, Dalton Major JR, Jack Malpasuto SR, Matt Marcotte JR, Robbie Odeneal SO.
1:30.72 Jacksonville
Terez Courtney SO, James Jackson JR, Reggie Bratton JR, DeVanTe Clark SO

We could see the same scenario as in the 4 x 1 relay. Midlothian (Bremen HS) has 3 of their 4 runners back from a squad that placed 2nd last year. Even though last year’s champion Chatham (Glenwood HS) lost 3 of their 4 runners due to graduation, their quartet will still make a difference in this event.

The 1A champs Melrose Park (Walther Lutheran HS) could challenge for the championship. The duo of Cole Evans and Glynn Chatmon should lead this team to a high finish.

Again, Cahokia did not make the final in this event last year. Expect them in the mix for the top prize in May. Other schools to keep an eye on in this event include Centralia HS, Country Club Hills (Hillcrest HS), Herrin HS, and Galesburg HS.

4 x 400m Relay
3:18.20 Cahokia (1st - AA)
Kenny Ball SR, Darren Payton JR, Marlin Brady SO, Jalon Monigan SO, Mike Monigan SO, Chris Moore JR.
3:20.96 Maple Park Kaneland (10th - AA prelims)
Brandon Cottier JR, Brandon Bishop SO, Nathaniel Kucera SO, Dylan Nauert SO, Chad Swieca JR.
3:21.39 Springfield Lanphier (11th - AA prelims)
Richard Davis SR, Jemeal Hall SR.
3:21.74 Sterling (8th - AA)
Alejandro Rivera SR, Aaron Brenner SR, Dylan Harkness SR, Cornell Hartz JR, Jacob Landis SR, Alex Rodriguez SR.
3:22.00 Country Club Hills Hillcrest (7th - AA)
Joshua Vaughn SR, Moshood Adeyamo JR, Anthony McCaskill JR, Irvin Pierce SR
3:22.05 Chatham-Glenwood (5th - AA)
Whitt Kinley SR, Tyler Brinkman JR, Joey Giovannelli SR, Michael Giovannelli SO.
3:22.07 Chicago Robeson (6th - AA)
Devon Sanders JR
3:22.19 Normal University (14th - AA prelims)
Brent Emmerson SR, Kyle Morris SR, KJ Rohman SR.
3:22.41 Rockford Christian (2nd - A)
Treshaun Williams SO
3:22.90 Tinley Park (12th - AA prelims)
Mike McCullough SR, Greg Wallace SR, Aaron Crawford JR
3:23.19 Galesburg (9th - AA)
Beau Salsman SR, Deandre Law SR, Grant Boydstun SR, Shay Hostens SR, Jake Wolf JR.
3:23.28 Mahomet-Seymour
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3:23.30 Herrin (4th - A)
Conner Butler SR, Brock McGee SR, Austin Butler JR, Demarlo Harris SR, Nathan Lukens SR, Ethan Pullum JR.
3:23.30 Morton (22nd - AA prelims)
Austin Bradford SR, Beau Swinford SR, Nick Steffen SR, Fernandez Bjork SR.
3:24.01 Troy Triad (13th - AA prelims)
DJ Sparks SR, Brandon Penrod SR, Mike Averill SO, Max Clifton SR, Lucas Haller JR, Sam Lawson SO.
3:24.39 Mt. Vernon (23rd - AA prelims)
Anthony Moore SR, Derek Hunter JR, Steve Boss JR, Spencer Allen SR, Karson Hahn JR, David Modert SO, Brykell Patton SO.
3:24.60 New Lenox Lincoln-Way West (19th - AA prelims)
Mark Pedziwiatr SR, Jake Bax SR, BJ Bello SR, Logan Gordy JR, Christopher Hunsaker JR
3:25.50 Dixon
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3:25.71 Grayslake Central (21st - AA prelims)
Devon Osburn SR, Tyler Smith SR, Luke Zygmunt SR.

If you want to call your shot in this one, you could probably do it now and you would not be wrong. Cahokia HS enters this event as the defending champ and the BIG favorite. Coach Leroy Milsap has two big guns in Darren Payton and Marlin Brady, both capable of going sub 49 . This is a quartet that could flirt with 3:16 during the year, maybe faster.

After that, I think the battle will be for second. Keep an eye on Maple Park (Kaneland HS), Sterling HS, Country Club Hills (Hillcrest HS), Chatham (Glenwood HS), and Herrin HS.

Questions / Comments: email Michael Newman : newman.dyestatIL@gmail.com

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