Boys Track and Field: Sandburg wins title at Hillcrest Hawk Invitational
By Tim Tierney For Sun-Times Media April 10, 2014 11:20PM
Updated: April 10, 2014 11:49PM
In a field that included 2013 conference champions Sandburg, Bloom and Shepard, finishing among the elite at the Hillcrest Hawk Invitational took some doing.
Defending meet champion Sandburg started off well on the track, winning two of the first three events, and went on to win the 14-team meet Thursday night with 129 points to 99 for runner-up Crete-Monee.
“Our goal in April is to build toward May. It’s a process,’’ Sandburg coach Joe Nemeth said. “It’s always great to be champions. Athletes love it. For them it always means a lot.’’
Brother Rice (95) was third, Bloom (87) fourth and Shepard (63½) fifth.
Sandburg’s 3,200-meter relay team of Max Lehnhardt, Denis O’Callaghan, Mike Brower and Tom Brennan got the Eagles rolling, taking first in 8 minutes, 18.61 seconds.
In the 3,200-meter run, Sandburg’s Justin Adams, a senior, posted his first varsity win after overcoming a hip flexor injury last year.
“My teammate, Will Becker, was the one who pushed me the whole way,’’ Adams said of the race. “This is confidence, a lot of confidence.’’
Bloom’s Jonah Wiley began his night with two strong races. He ran the second leg of the winning 400 relay (41.9, meet record) that included Daylen Hubbard, Cedric Johnson and anchor James Harriel.
Two events later, Wiley came back to win the 110 hurdles (14.46).
“We’re starting off our season strong and we plan on finishing strong,’’ Wiley said. “This is our first outdoor meet, finally. There’s going to be some adversity at first, but once we get down the road, get our feet wet, we’ll be straight.’’
The 1,600 meters was a 1-2 finish for Shepard with Southern Illinois recruit Josh Maier and (4:28.79) and Mike Evancich (4:31.81) outdoing two Sandburg runners in the last two laps.
“We knew Sandburg was going to be right with us. They have a talented team,’’ Maier said. “I felt really good out there. This is the first time I’ve raced the mile in a while with a bunch of competitive teams.’’
Other winners were Richards’ Ricky Owens in the 100 (11.10), St. Laurence’s Anthony Barrios in the 800 (2:05.22), Crete-Monee’s Juawan Treadwell in the 400 (51.46) and Elijah Douglas in the 300 hurdles (41.15), Brother Rice’s Marcus Jones in the 200 (22.37) and Richards’ 800 relay of Owens, Chrishawn Ross, B.J. Bridgewater and Robert Jones (1:31.81).
Field event champions were Mount Carmel’s Steve Richardson in the shot put (47 feet, 9½ inches), Evergreen Park’s Sam Senerchia in the discus (137-4), Bloom’s Malik Jenkins in the long jump (20-11), Crete-Monee’s Kenelius Franklin in the triple jump (42-4½), Evergreen Park’s Joey Ryan in the pole vault (12-7) and Brother Rice’s Boyd Bryan in the high jump (6-2).
The meet ended with Crete-Monee’s Cristian Stewart, Taris Simmons, Nathan Wright and Asante Washington winning the 1,600 relay (3:28.56) over Bloom (3:29.81).