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Boys Track and Field: St. Laurence’s Hyc a record-setter

Providence Catholic's Andrew Helm(left) Leo's MarlBritt(right) are inches apart as they jump for last time 110 meter hurdles. Britttook first

Providence Catholic's Andrew Helmin (left) and Leo's Marlon Britton (right) are inches apart as they jump for the last time in the 110 meter hurdles. Britton took first place followed by Helmin in second. | Patrick Gleason~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 13, 2013 7:39PM



Mike Hyc started out just wanting to break his own records.

Now he’s beating everyone else’s too.

The St. Laurence senior had the best day of his career on Saturday during the Catholic League meet at Loyola. He swept the throws with efforts of 61 feet, 3.5 inches in the shot put and 180-10 in the discus.

Both were meet, stadium and school records, and the discus throw also is the best-ever by a Catholic Leaguer, by more than six feet.

Even the school records “were far-out goals,” Hyc said. “I was just thinking PRs for every meet, just trying to improve. That just wound up being within what I could achieve.”

It didn’t hurt that Saturday brought mostly better conditions than Hyc and everyone else have seen most of the spring.

“Finally, to have a meet with finals, to actually get six throws out there and not have rain or bad weather — it was good,” he said.

Hyc wasn’t necessarily expecting Saturday’s breakthrough. But he didn’t think it was impossible, either.

“I felt like it was on the horizon for the season,” he said. “Just actually putting it all together for a meet was a little bit of a struggle, but it came together today.”

That was also the case for some other athletes in the meet, which was won by St. Ignatius, 139-90 over Providence. Brother Rice (86), Loyola (70) and Leo (64) completed the top five teams.

Providence pole vaulter Chad Weaver cleared 15-6, which ranks third in Illinois and 56th nationally outdoors. It also was a meet and stadium record and tied the all-time Catholic League mark.

Like Hyc, Weaver has been patiently working toward a big day: “I’ve been stuck on 15 (feet).”

In the most compelling track final of the day, Leo’s Marlon Britton edged Providence’s Andrew Helmin to win the 110-meter hurdles. Both broke the meet and stadium record of 14.24, as Britton ran 14.18 and Helmin 14.21.

Britton was glad to have Helmin around to keep him on his toes.

Helmin went on to win the 300 hurdles by almost a second and a half (39.31), but was less satisfied with that performance than the earlier one.

“I was pretty pleased overall, 300s not as happy,” Helmin said. “I got on my opposite leg the whole race and just never got to keep on building the momentum.”

On the other hand, Helmin was happy with the way he battled back against Britton after falling behind early. “He got me out of the box, I caught up to him, he got me in the end. (But) that was probably my best race of my life so far.”

Providence high jumper Mike Monroe cleared 6-0, and St. Rita’s Treston Forbes took the 200 (22.09). Brother Rice got a first in the 1,600 relay (3:32.97).



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