Boys State Track And Field: Crete-Monee’s Hulbert crowned hurdles champ
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media May 26, 2012 11:32PM
Rashad Hulbert, of Crete-Monee, takes first in the Class 3A 300-meter hurdles. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
Boys state track & Field
Finals at Eastern Illinois University.
CLASS 1A FINALS RESULTS
Mile run: Grant Nykaza, Beecher, 1st, 4:18.34
Long jump: Shaquil Lawrence, Seton, 18-9¼
Pole vault: Cameron Ward, Seneca, 12-6
2-mile relay: Chicago Christian, 8:55.53
400-meter dash: Reggie Confer, Seton, 51.30
Mile relay: Seton, 3:35.41
CLASS 2A FINALS RESULTS
Long jump: Cody Leach, St. Rita, 7th, 21-9¾
Pole vault: Chad Weaver, Providence, 3rd, 15-0
High jump: Mike Monroe, Providence, 3rd, 6-7; Dwight Snowden, Hillcrest, 8th, 6-3; Robert Wallace, Tinley Park, 13th, 6-1
Triple jump: Cody Leach, St. Rita, 3rd, 46-5¾; D’armond Lee, Hillcrest, 6th, 45-0¼; Ernest Gardner, Illiana Christian, 7th, 44-11; Marshawn Hughes, Rich South, 9th, 44-4½
400-meter relay: Bremen, 2nd, 42.28; Providence, 8th, 43.14; Hillcrest, 9th, 43.23
2-mile run: Matt Hall, Illiana Christian, 15th, 9:48.35; Pete Schaible, St. Rita, 20th, 9:55.82; Nick Fiene, Illiana Christian, 26th, 10:22.33
110-meter hurdles: Dion Starnes, Bremen, 2nd, 14.69; Andrew Helmin, Providence, 4th, 14.77
800-meter run: Mark Pedziwiatr, Lincoln-Way West, 3rd, 1:56.22
800-meter relay: Hillcrest, 4th, 1:30.73
400-meter dash: Greg Wallace, Tinley Park, 3rd, 49.03; Kevin Ward, Providence, 5th, 49.76
300-meter hurdles: Chris Cheatham, Evergreen Park, 2nd, 38.79; Mike McCullough, Tinley Park, 3rd, 39.10; Andrew Helmin, Providence, 4th, 39.18
Mile relay: Lincoln-Way West, 6th, 3:24.06
Long jump: Dion Starnes, Bremen, 20-11
Pole vault: Brandon Denler, Providence, NH
High jump: Tony Walker, Hillcrest, 6-1; Derrick Flemming, Rich East, 6-1; Chris Cheatham, Evergreen Park, NH
Shot put: Jesse Long, Providence, 47-5¼; Shakir Spells, St. Rita, 42-6
Discus throw: Chuk CMadu, Hillcrest, 148-0; Jesse Long, Providence, 140-6; Jake Donovan, St. Rita, 98-0
2-mile relay: Illiana Christian, 8:05.62; Hillcrest, 8:30.31; St. Rita, 8:51.38
400-meter relay: St. Rita, 43.13; Rich East, 44.16
110-meter hurdles: Chris Cheatham, Evergreen Park, 15.60
100-meter dash: Troy Sheppard, Providence, 11.22; Demetrius Shelton, Bremen, 11.22
800-meter relay: Providence, 1:31.42
400-meter dash: Charles Jideonwo, Bremen, 50.07; Demetrius Shelton, Bremen, 53.02
300-meter hurdles: Joel Ooms, Illiana Christian, 40.22; Dion Starnes, Bremen, 42.65
Mile run: Tony Wondaal, Illiana Christian, 4:38.08; Pete Schaible, St. Rita, 4:39.24; Albert Alfano, St. Rita, 4:49.22
200-meter dash: Treston Forbes, St. Rita, 22.69; B.J. Bello, Lincoln-Way West, 22.93; Troy Sheppard, Providence, 23.00
Mile relay: Hillcrest, 3:26.55; Tinley Park, 3:28.62; Providence, 3:30.34
CLASS 3A FINALS QUALIFIERS
Long jump: Calvin Cross, Bloom, 12th, 21-9½
Pole vault: Joel Swanberg, Lincoln-Way Central, 13th, 14-0
High jump: Kevin Jones, Brother Rice, 10th, 6-4; Patrick Bolton, Thornwood, 12th, 6-2
Shot put: Marcus Cheatom, Brother Rice, 12th, 53-4
Triple jump: Thomas Taylor, Thornton, 3rd, 47-11¼; Jalen Woods, T.F. South, 11th, 45-6½
Discus throw: Marcus Cheatom, Brother Rice, 12th, 156-10
2-mile relay: Sandburg, 4th, 7:49.65
400-meter relay: T.F. North, 8th, 43.15; Joliet West, 9th, 43.21
2-mile run: Chris Kaminski, Lincoln-Way Central, 36th, 10:07.51
110-meter hurdles: Rashad Hulbert, Crete-Monee, 2nd, 14.02; Jonathan Goins, Lockport, 3rd, 14.25; Billy Reed, Lockport, 6th, 14.50; Jonathon Anderson, Thornton, 18.16
100-meter dash: Calvin Edwards, Joliet West, 2nd, 10.62; Jalen Banks, Thornton, 6th, 10.78; Demitri Smith, Thornton, 7th, 10.86; Julian Hylton, Lincoln-Way North, 8th, 10.87
800-meter run: Jacob Hernandez, Bloom, 11th, 1:56.74
800-meter relay: Thornwood, 5th, 1:27.83; T.F. North, 8th, 1:28.24; Bloom, 9th, 1:28.75
400-meter dash: Kenneth Allen, Thornwood, 2nd, 48.33; Kaleb Williams, Bloom, 3rd, 48.43
300-meter hurdles: Rashad Hulbert, Crete-Monee, 1st, 36.91
200-meter dash: Calvin Edwards, Joliet West, 2nd, 21.61; Julian Hylton, Lincoln-Way North, 4th, 22.30; Demitri Smith, Thornton, 8th, 22.55
Mile relay: Bloom, 3rd, 3:18.70; Crete-Monee, 5th, 3:21.71
Long jump: Thomas Taylor, Thornton, 21-6¼; Matthew Simmons, Marian Catholic, 21-5½; Maurice Buchanan, Thornton, 21-1½; Kerry Dean, Mount Carmel, 20-10; Claude Garrett, T.F. North, 20-6; Shijuan Rogers, Bloom, 20-2½; Kory Jackson, Eisenhower, foul
Pole vault: Patrick Fisch, Lockport, 13-6; Jonathan Shepherd, Bloom, 13-6; Jake Voltarel, Lockport, NH
High jump: Jalen Woods, T.F. South, NH, Vince Speller, Mount Carmel, NH
Shot put: Jeff Myles, Thornton, 48-7½; Brett Allpow, Lincoln-Way Central, 47-1¼
Triple jump: Femi Osisanya, Thornwood, 44-10¾
Discus: Crist Brenner, Lockport, 147-5; Cody Stull, Brother Rice, 142-0; Ola Ogunlana, Crete-Monee, 141-4; Manny Calungcaguin, Andrew, 129-3
2-mile relay: Homewood-Flossmoor, 7:56.56; Bloom, 8:18.27
400-meter relay: Thornwood, 42.35; Thornton, 42.44; Crete-Monee, 42.59; Marian Catholic, 42.72; Bloom, false start
110-meter hurdles: Jourdon Redmond, Rich Central, 14.96
800-meter run: Thomas Razo, Lockport, 1:56.73; Matt Anyiwo, Homewood-Flossmoor, 1:59.95
400-meter dash: Stedman Foster, Morgan Park, 50.03; Ben Bouie, Eisenhower, 50.27; Deion Carter, Richards, 50.89
300-meter hurdles: Jonathon Anderson, Thornton, 38.98; Jonathan Goins, Lockport, 39.70; Terrell DeLoach, Thornridge, 40.24
Mile run: Tom Rotondi, Lincoln-Way East, 4:21.81
Mile relay: T.F. North, 3:21.91; Sandburg, 3:22.46; Thornton, 3:26.15
Note: “NH” means no height, which means the player didn’t clear the bar. DQ-disqualified
Updated: July 3, 2012 10:01AM
CHARLESTON, Ill. — Rashad Hulbert doesn’t always win a state title, but when he does, he prefers to avenge a loss.
The Crete-Monee senior capped an astounding high school career at the Boys State Track and Field Finals on Saturday by repeating as champion in the 300-meter hurdles (36.91 seconds) and extracting payback after a second-place finish in the 110 hurdles (14.02) to Rock Island’s Derrick Willies (14.02).
The 110 hurdles was the closest race of the day — and one of the most entertaining — with Willies edging Hulbert by one-thousandth of a second.
“I was electrified, trying to stay calm and run a strong race,” Hulbert said. “(Revenge) was on my mind. I knew I should have had the (110 hurdles), but I just tried to focus on the 300s.”
Slated to run track at LSU next season, Hulbert opened the 1,600-meter relay for the Warriors and helped them to a fifth-place finish (3:21.71).
Crete-Monee finished 10th at state with 23 points. Thornton took 13th (18), Bloom finished 18th (15) and Thornwood rounded out the top 20 (13) in Class 3A.
Thornton’s Kenneth Allen earned a bronze medal in the long jump, hitting 47 feet, 11.25 inches.
In the 400, Thornwood’s Allen Kenneth (48.33) beat out Bloom rival Kaleb Williams (48.43) to earn the silver medal. Williams got the bronze.
Also in the 110 hurdles, Lockport’s Jonathon Goins finished third (14.48) and Billy Reed took sixth (14.50). A total of 10 Southland athletes combined made the finals in the 110 and 300 hurdles.
Sandburg’s 3,200-meter relay set a school record in the prelims and gutted out a fourth-place finish (7:49.65) on the 90-plus degree day.
Lincoln-Way North’s Julian Hylton, the lone sophomore in the 200, finished fourth (22.30).
In Class 2A, Providence tied for sixth (33), Bremen tied for 15th (16) and Tinley Park finished 19th (14).
Providence received points in a variety of ways. Mike Monroe (high jump, 6-7) and Chad Weaver (pole vault, 15-0) had third-place finishes and Andrew Helmin took fourth in both the 110 and 300 hurdles (39.18). The Celtics also received points from Kevin Ward, who was fifth in the 400 (49.76).
Also in the 300 hurdles, Evergreen Park’s Chris Cheatham took second (38.79) and Tinley Park’s Mike McCullough was third (39.10).
McCollough’s teammate, Greg Wallace, also had a third-place showing, taking bronze in the 400 (49.03).
Wallace and McCullough are also football players for Tinley Park. A senior running back, Wallace rushed for more than 1,300 yards on 8.3 yards-per-carry in the fall. McCullough is a defensive lineman.
Bremen received second-place finishes from Dion Starnes in the 110 hurdles (14.69) and its 400 relay team (42.54). Torian Parks, Demetrius Shelton and Charles Jideonwo ran in that race, with Starnes the anchor.
“It was our goal all season to perform well at state,” Parks said. “As much as we would have liked to win, this means a lot for us to take second.”
St. Rita’s Cody Leach was a dual medalist. Leach took third in the triple jump (46-5.75) and seventh in the long jump (21-8.25).
“My last jump had some faults, but it was my best of the year and a personal record. I’m proud of how I performed today,” Leach said.
Mark Pedziwiatr, a Lincoln-Way West senior, took third in the 800 (1:56.22).
Perennial state power Thornton, which was third in Class 3A last year, had a strong showing in the sprints, putting two runners in the 100-meter finals. Sprinters Jalen Banks and Demitri Smith had pushed each other all season, so it was only fitting for the duo to finish next to one another. Banks finished sixth at 10.77 seconds and Smith was just behind at 10.86.
“Demetri is a very humble guy. He doesn’t talk, he just comes to (work hard) every day. He pushed me all year,” Banks said. “I’m going to try to keep the Thornton tradition going, and hopefully I can be the one that pushes the guys next year.”
Smith also qualified in the 200 finals and finished eighth at 22.55.