11 sectionals determined who would be competing in the state meet beginning Friday in Charleston. Here is a look at what happened last Thursday and Friday.
~~ Chicago Marshall Sectional – May 17 ~~
Jamal McNeely (Kelvyn Park, Chicago Ill) could be one of the athletes favored in the sprints after a strong performance at this sectional. The junior looked tough winning barely over teammate Brian Carter in the 100 (10.82-10.83) and a win in the 200 (22.34 – 22.68). The duo was part of the 4x2 relay that won (1:31.12) and also the 4x1 where they placed second to De La Salle (43.45).
Jamison Dale (Jones College Prep, Chicago Ill) was the only other double winner, winning the 3200 (9:33.64) and the 1600 (4:31.53).
De La Salle won the team sectional title qualifying 9 to the state competition.
~~ Mahomet-Seymour Sectional – May 17 ~~
The host Bulldogs qualified 12 to Charleston winning the sectional doubling the score on second place Mattoon. Mahomet had four individual winners with Andrew Roney in the Pole Vault (15-3), Derek Bunch in the Shot Put (55-8), Marshall Graham in the 100 (11.04), and Cale McCormick in the 800 (1:57.38). They also won the 4x8 (8:21.48) and the 4x4 (3:26.86) relays.
Riley McInerney (Charleston, Ill) will not have to travel far after qualifying for two events at state. He had a convincing double winning the 3200 (9:24.69) and the 1600 (4:22.88).
Luke Vaughn (Centennial, Champaign Ill) will be one of the favorites at state in the Discus after winning in this sectional (184-7).
~~ Lincoln-Way West Sectional – May 17 ~~
Providence Catholic will be one of the schools to challenge defending team champions Cahokia by advancing 13 to Charleston in winning this sectional. The Celtics were led by a double win by Troy Sheppard in the 100 (11.05) and the 200 (22.49), and individual wins by Chad Weaver in the Pole Vault (15-0), Mike Monroe in the High Jump (6-7), Jesse Long in the Shot (52-6), and Andrew Helmin in the 300 IH (38.36).
Dion Starnes (Bremen, Midlothian Ill) was the meet’s only other individual double winner. Starnes won the Long Jump (22-7) and the 110 HH (14.74) He was also a part of the Braves’ winning 4x1 (42.37) over Hillcrest (42.44). Hillcrest came back to run a 1:28.08 for a dominating win in the 4 x 2.
~~ Rochelle Sectional – May 17 ~~
Kaneland qualified 11 to this Friday’s state meet in winning this sectional by 31 points over Burlington Central. The Knights did this with wins by Dylan Nauert in the 300 IH (40.18), Sean Carter in the 200 (22.67) and relay wins in the 4x1 (43.30) and the 200 (1:29.80).
Scott Goad (Dixon, Ill) qualified for three events last Thursday. He won the 400 (49.86) and qualified in the Long Jump and the High Jump.
~~ Chicago Robeson Sectional – May 18 ~~
St. Rita had a convincing win in this sectional scoring 148 points. The Mustangs qualified 10 for the state meet.
Cody Leach led St. Rita with a double win in the Long Jump (21-9) and the Triple Jump (44-1). Pete Schaible also had a double win in the 3200 (10:45.04) and the 1600 (4:51.28).
~~ Dunlap Sectional – May 18 ~~
Metamora qualified 10 in winning this high powered sectional in Dunlap. Charles Fenner led the Redbirds winning the Pole Vault (15-3).
Tyler Morse (Limestone, Bartonville Ill) was the only individual double winner of the night winning the 3200 (9:35.28) and the 1600 (4:28.26).
Caleb Fricke (PORTA, Petersburg Ill) unleashed the longest performance in any class in Illinois in the Discus. His throw of 195-0 won the event and is currently ranked #10 in the United States. Joshua Augusta (Peoria, Ill) will be the favorite in the state Shot winning that event last Friday (58-1).
Grant Inskeep (Notre Dame, Peoria Ill) won an exciting 800 holding off Darius Thomas (Macomb, Ill) by two tenths of a second (1:55.23 – 1:55.43).
~~ Jacksonville Sectional – May 18 ~~
Springfield Southeast surprised pre-meet favorite Decatur MacArthur by winning this sectional by one point. The Spartans qualified 7 to this Friday’s state prelims. Southeast had two individual winners with Tra Mond Lewis winning the 110 HH (15.58) and Jamal Sims in the 300 IH (40.56).
MacArthur is still considered a contender for a state trophy after qualifying nine to Charleston.
Defending 3200 champ and two time cross country champ Michael Clevenger (MacArthur, Decatur Ill) tuned up for this weekend’s state meet with easy wins in the 3200 (9:18.67) and the 1600 (4:17.35).
Jacksonville is developing a great sprint squad after this sectional performance. The Crimsons got wins in from Reggie Bratton in the 100 (10.89), Nick Schippel in the 200 (21.86), and the fastest sectional 2A time in the 4x1 (41.91).
~~ Lisle Sectional – May 18 ~~
Glenbard South dominated this sectional by qualifying 16 and winning by over 100 points over Walther Lutheran. The Raiders could leave Charleston with a trophy for retiring head coach Andy Preuss.
How dominating was their win? They won all but two races on the track (400 – Matt Ruff, Wheaton Academy , 4 x 4 – Benet Academy).
There were two double individual winners, both from Glenbard South. Wesley Sanders won the 100 (10.81) and 200 (22.36) and Elven Walker won the 110 HH (14.70) and the 300 IH (38.72).
~~ Mascoutah Sectional – May 18 ~~
Defending 2A champion Cahokia flexed its muscles qualifying 14 in winning this sectional. The Comanches won all 4 relays and had individual wins from Darren Payton in the 800 (1:55.04) and a double win from Chris Moore in the Long Jump (22-2.5) and the Triple Jump (47-8).
Brandon Penrod (Triad, Troy Ill) was a three event winner in the sprints. He won the 100 (11.01) and the 200 (22.14). In the 400 in what could be a preview of the state final, Penrod just nipped Marlin Brady (Cahokia, Ill) 48.11 – 48.25. Those times are the top 2 times in the state in any class.
~~ Ottawa Sectional – May 18 ~~
Joseph Jones (Plano, Ill) is transitioning well to the move his school made to 2A. Last year’s 1A 110HH champion won the sectional short hurdles race with the second fastest time in the state (14.07). Five minutes later, he was back in the blocks for the 100 Meter Dash, which he won in 10.83. He came back later in the evening to win the 200 (22.14).
Rock Island Alleman won the sectional title by two points over Pontiac. The Pioneers got a double individual win from Scott Schib in the Shot (53-8) and the Discus (166-5), and individual wins from Kylee Dorsey in the High Jump (6-3) and Ethan Adlfinger in the 3200 (9:44.58).
Aurora Central Catholic dominated the relays winning all four : 4x1 (43.87), 4x2 (1:31.65), 4x4 (3:27.97), and the 4x8 (8:10.48).
~~ Richmond-Burton Sectional – May 18 ~~
Grayslake Central could be in position to get a state trophy after winning the sectional with 123 points and advancing 9 to this Friday’s prelims.
The Rams had two double winners in Joel Valdivia in the Shot (55-2.5) and the Discus (144-7), and Will Brewster in the 3200 (9:35.54) and the 1600 (4:20.48). Central also received individual wins from Davonta Jennings in the 100 (11.20) and Luke Zygmunt in the 800 (1:56.73).
Jon Walsh (North, Woodstock Ill) qualified in three field events. He won the Pole Vault (15-3) and the High Jump (6-1) and qualified in the Triple Jump.