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Boys Track and Field: Bloom captures Southland Conference title

Rich South's Sean Blunt competes high jump during SouthlConference track field championship Bloom High School Chicago Heights Wednesday May 8

Rich South's Sean Blunt competes in the high jump during the Southland Conference track and field championship at Bloom High School in Chicago Heights Wednesday, May 8, 2013. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 10, 2013 2:15PM



Just like the temperature, Bloom is getting hot at the right time.

After a strong performance at the talent-rich Glenbard West Invitational a few weeks ago, Bloom started the season’s biggest three-week stretch Wednesday night by winning the Southland Conference meet on its track.

The Blazing Trojans won 12 events and scored 210 points to retain their title over Crete-Monee (143), Rich South (83), Rich Central (58), Rich East (27) and Kankakee (17).

Bloom, which finished a solid third at the Glenbard West meet, won by defending Class 3A champ Lake Park, had its own title Wednesday night.

“Knowing that Bloom has been conference champ for a while, we had to hold the title, hold the integrity,’’ said sprinter Micah Frazier, who anchored two relays in the 2012 state finals.

“It’s my third year on varsity and third year winning on varsity,’’ sprinter James Harriel said of the conference title.

Frazier and Harriel ran on Bloom’s 1,600-meter relay that finished third at the 2012 state meet.

“It’s good because there’s not that many people who’ve experienced it, and I’m proud to be one of them,’’ Harriel said.

Frazier, Harriel, Will Williams, Jonah Wiley, Charles DeLoach and Dorian Simmons led the team that celebrated Wednesday with coach Andrew Schmitt at midfield after the points totals were announced.

Frazier won the 200-meter dash (22.49 seconds), took third in the 400 and ran on the first-place 400 relay (42.52).

Harriel won the 400 (49.95), took second in the 100 (11.14) to Crete-Monee’s Quenton Hardaway (11.04), was second in the long jump and ran on the 400 relay.

Williams won the long jump with an impressive leap of 23 feet, 8 inches, which would have been good enough for third place in the state meet last year.

Wiley won the 110 hurdles (14.86), DeLoach won the pole vault (13-0) and both ran a leg on the winning 400 and 800 relays.

Simmons claimed the distance double, winning the 3,200 (10 minutes, 19.11 seconds) and coming back to take the 1,600 (4:50.09).

“Feels good, still could have done better,’’ Simmons said. “Next week in the sectional I’ve got to work a lot harder.’’

Crete-Monee’s Rasheed Flowers won the 300 hurdles (40.03) and took second in the 100 hurdles. Crete-Monee’s Chris Gossett won the triple jump (43-9½).

Other winners were Bloom’s Anthony Byars in the 800 (2:01.35) and Mr Clark in the shot put (49-1), and Rich South’s Sean Blunt in the high jump (6-2¼) and David Benissan in the discus (128-8).



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