Boys Track and Field: Illiana Christian takes second at T.F South Invite
By Tim Tierney For Sun-Times Media April 26, 2014 6:32PM
Updated: May 28, 2014 6:49AM
The usual success Illiana Christian posts in distance events has some unusual company this season in the sprints.
Illiana’s Alvy Butler won the 100- and 200-meter dashes in Class 2A final times Saturday at the T.F. South Invitational to help the Vikings finish second to Riverside-Brookfield in the six-team meet.
R-B had 146 points, followed by Illiana (124), North Lawndale (84), Rich South (58), T.F. South (46) and Highland, Ind. (36).
Butler, a junior, clocked 10.98 seconds in the 100 and 22.45 in the 200, easing up a bit in the 100.
“I kind of cruised in at the end because my coach was yelling ‘Cruise, cruise’ because my hamstring is kind of bothering me,’’ Butler said. “I didn’t want to push and lean at the end.’’
Butler ran a leg on the 400 relay, but was held out of the 800 relay as a precaution. He won the 100 among strong competition Friday at the York Invitational.
“We wanted him to find out what it’s like to do those races on back-to-back days,’’ Illiana coach Jeff White said, looking ahead to the state meet schedule. “Alvy hasn’t lost a 100-meter race all year.’’
“I’m a lot stronger than I was last year,’’ Butler said. “Last year, I couldn’t finish my 200s at all. I would always die out the last 30 meters. This year I’m finishing strong. When I get tired, I just open up my stride.’’
Illiana opened with a 3,200 relay win from Nick Wondaal, Kevin Vroegh, Austin Gibson and Jacob Thompson (9 minutes, 4.99 seconds). Wondaal and Vroegh were on last year’s group that finished third in the state.
Wondaal won the 1,600 (4:37.74), older brother, Tony, won the 800 (2:03.64), Vroegh took the 400 (52.84), Bryan Perschbacher won the triple jump (37 feet, 8 inches) and Nick Fiene took the 3,200 (10:11.17) after clocking an impressive 4:22.94 to win the 1,600 at the York Invitational.
“York was an opportunity for our guys to run one race to see if everybody can pr (personal record),’’ White said.
Vroegh broke the 800 school record of 1:57.67 with a 1:55.87 for third place at the York meet.
“I’d like to be in the low 1:50s, maybe 1:52, by the end of the season,’’ Vroegh said. “That’s my ultimate goal.’’
T.F. South had two winners Saturday: Adam Kessler in the shot put (49-7) and Jareyl Stone in the long jump (17-7).
North Lawndale’s Imani Payton, a 2A state finalist last season in the 300 hurdles, won the 110 hurdles (14.60) and the 300 hurdles (40.05).
Depth was the difference for R-B, which had first-place finishes from its 400 relay (45.84) and 1,600 relay (3:39.37) over Illiana (3:45.15).