Boys Track and Field: Weaver wins pole vault, leads solid Providence effort
BY TIM TIERNEY For Sun-Times Media March 23, 2013 10:58PM
Providence's Mike Monroe clears 6-foot-6 and finished second in Class 3A at 6-8 at Top Times Meet. | Tim Tierney~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 23, 2013 2:33AM
BLOOMINGTON — Competing among the best track athletes in the state, Providence had a strong showing Saturday in the Prep Top Times Meet at Illinois Wesleyan University.
Chad Weaver won the pole vault, Mike Monroe took second in the high jump and Andrew Helmin was runner-up in the 60-meter hurdles to lead Providence to third place in the Class 3A meet with 31 points. Lake Park (68 1/2) was team champion and Minooka (44 1/2) was second.
Weaver, a standout on the football field for the Celtics, cleared 15 feet, 6 inches, his season best. He missed on three attempts at 16-0.
“When I went up to 16-0, I kept on coming down on the pole,’’ said Weaver, who thought he nearly cleared that height on his final vault. “It’s something I just need to work on.’’
Plainfield Central’s Luke Winder was the top scheduled entrant with a previous 16-10 vault, but he didn’t compete in the meet.
“I feel pretty excited about winning,’’ Weaver said. “It’s not the same because Winder isn’t here. You want to compete against the best.’’
Monroe cleared 6-8 for second place, losing to Grant’s Jonathan Wells on misses.
“I came in really wanting to jump 6-10, but that didn’t happen,’’ Monroe said. “I’ve just got a couple things to smooth out and I should be right there.’’
Monroe’s effort was still better than the Class 2A state meet last year when he cleared 6-7 for third place. Providence will compete in Class 3A this season.
Helmin was an extremely close second in the 60-meter hurdles (8.17 seconds) to Lake Park’s Antonio Shenault (8.16). Helmin then took fourth in the 400 meters (50.79).
In Class 2A, St. Laurence’s Mike Hyc ended his indoor season on a high note with a victory in the shot put (57 feet, 5 inches).
Illiana Christian placed second in the 3,200 relay (8:15.70) to Cahokia.
Homewood-Flossmoor tied for third place in the Class 3A girls meet with 32 points. Lake Park won the title with 36 points and Glenbard West (35) was second.
H-F’s Chardae Greenlee finished second in the triple jump (39-0), Jayla Stewart was second in the 60-meter hurdles (9.0 seconds) and Shayna Nwokenkwo was runner-up in the 60-meter dash (7.72 seconds) to lead the Vikings.
Rich Central’s Aliyah Harmon was runner-up in the long jump (18-10) and third in the triple jump (36-5 ¼).
Lincoln-Way East’s Julia Junkroski took second place in the pole vault (12-6) and tied for fourth in the high jump (5-1).