Boys Track and Field: Thornton gets mileage from dashes
By Tim Tierney For Sun-Times Media May 2, 2014 10:50PM
Providence's Andy Jatis competes in the pole vault at Lincoln-Way West, May 2, 2014.| Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 5, 2014 6:45AM
Three Thornton runners reached the final of the 100-meter dash to set up an interesting race Friday night at the Lincoln-Way West Invitational.
“It makes a little friendly competition, and after the race we can talk a little stuff, too,’’ Jauan Wesley said with a smile after the event.
Wesley took the 100 in 10.92 seconds, ahead of teammate Cavion Clanton (11.07), each of whom ran on Thornton’s Class 3A state champion 400 relay last year. Thornton’s Percival Young was seventh Friday in the 100.
Because of a tender hamstring, it was just the second 100 meters outdoors this season for Wesley, who was seventh in the state last season (11.6).
“I’m trying to get acclimated to running the 100 again outdoors,’’ Wesley said. “It felt good, but I guess it’s going to get better as the month of May continues on.’’
Wesley anchored the 400 relay to first place in 42.58 even without close competition at the finish.
Thornton (127) finished third in the 10-school meet behind team champion Huntley (137) and runner-up Lincoln-Way Central (128).
Other Thornton winners were Jowahn Brown in the long jump (21 feet, ½ inch) and triple jump (46-1), Tifonte Hunt in the 110 hurdles (14.6), Demitrius Mitchell in the 300 hurdles (39.33) and the 1,600 relay (3:26.70). Mitchell was a close second in the 110 hurdles (14.84).
Providence pole vaulter Andy Jatis cleared 14-6 to win and remain undefeated outdoors. Jatis missed at 15-1. He wanted that height because he cleared 15-0 indoors at the Illinois Top Times meet.
“Three times in a row I’ve gotten 14-6,’’ Jatis said. “I was jumping pretty good. I was really getting my feet back. At the end there at 15, I was just dropping my feet, lost my form a little bit. Otherwise, I think I could have gotten it.’’
Before attempting 15-1, Jatis jokingly shouted to Providence coach Mark Coglianese if Jatis could sit out the 1,600 relay if he made the height.
“Probably not,’’ Jatis said afterward. “We’re kind of short on kids because the seniors all had prom.’’
Providence teammate Tyler Schiemann won the discus (147-5).
Lincoln-Way Central winners were Chris Kaminski in the 3,200 meters (9 minutes, 38.21 seconds), the 3,200 relay (8:16.09) of Ben Zibricky, Philip Rinaldi, Alekos Mitchel and Ben Alvarado, and Jack Meadows in the 400 (49.96).
Host Lincoln-Way West got a first place from Nick Hinton in the high jump (6-2).