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Boys Track and Field: Crete-Monee has run of things at H-F Classic

Crete-Monee's Quinten Nash pops off blocks 400-meter dash. | Patrick Gleason/For Sun-Times Media

Crete-Monee's Quinten Nash pops off the blocks in the 400-meter dash. | Patrick Gleason/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 21, 2014 9:47AM



With multiple state medalists including hurdler Rashad Hulbert and sprinter Lexus Jackson, Crete-Monee had a pretty good run until last season.

The Warriors were shut out of state qualifying in 2013, but based on the early returns this spring, that looks like a blip on the radar.

Crete finished off a first-place effort at Homewood-Flossmoor’s Dick Beebe Track Classic on Saturday by breaking a 36-year-old meet record in the 1,600-meter relay. That helped the Warriors hold off St. Ignatius 100-94 for the title of the 20-team meet.

Quinten Nash ran a pair of good metric quarter miles for the Warriors, winning the open 400 meters in 50.01 seconds and anchoring the 1,600 relay to victory in 3:22.11. He fended off a spirited challenge from H-F anchor Matt Anyiwo, who broke the 34-year-old meet record in the 800.

“You worry when you know what they have in the anchor (leg) and you know what he could do,” Crete coach Brian O’Donnell said. “If (Anyiwo) split a 48, I wouldn’t necessarily be surprised.

“The fact that Nash was able to do that was good. All four guys ran well. I believe in him as an anchor, but it’s nice when you don’t have to worry about him having to fight someone off.”

Also nice for the Warriors was Elijah Douglas bouncing back from a tough break in the 400 relay.

He won the long jump with a 21-foot, 9-inch leap, took first in the 110 high hurdles (14.75) and was fourth in the 300 hurdles (41.38).

“I came out aggressive because in the 4-by-1, I dropped the baton,” Douglas said of his 110 race. “I was mad about that so I had to go get them.”

Besides cleaning up the relay performance, he figures there’s room for improvement in the long jump as well.

“I can do better,” he said. “I haven’t practiced in the sand yet. ... I haven’t long-jumped since indoor season.”

Anyiwo also has his sights set on bigger things after running 1:54.63 in the 800.

“I did pretty much what I wanted to as far as executing,” he said. “Now it’s just getting the time down and getting ready to go against some actual competition. No discredit to any other runner, but I know there’s guys like (Danville’s Johnny) Leverenz and (Neuqua Valley’s Ty) Moss and (Evanston’s Carl) Klamm ... so just got to keep moving on pace for state meet.”

St. Ignatius had wins from Daniel Santino in the 1,600 (4:26.74) and Conor Dunham in the 300 hurdles (38.70).

Other local winners included Richards’ Ricky Owens in the 100 (11.22), U-High’s Jacob Meyer in the 3,200 (9:54.30), Oak Forest high jumper Aramis Bal (6-3), Thornwood pole vaulter Eric Maymon (13-6), Niles West triple jumper Christo Cadet (45-1.5) and Niles West’s Dennis Gargovic in the discus (159-4).



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