Boys Track and Field: St. Rita’s Treston Forbes a sprint force at Catholic League meet
By Mike Clark firstname.lastname@example.org May 17, 2014 6:56PM
Treston Forbes (left) of St. Rita edges Marcus Jones of Brother Rice in the finals of the 200 meter dash. | Jon Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 23, 2014 12:58PM
When you’re as busy as Treston Forbes was Saturday, you have to take care of yourself.
Between prelims and finals at the Catholic League meet at Loyola, Forbes ran six races and won them all.
“You have to hydrate and stretch a lot,” the St. Rita senior said. “That’s pretty much all you have to do to keep yourself going.”
Forbes was the top qualifier in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and won both finals. He ran a season-best 11.00 seconds in the 100 and 22.21 in the 200.
He also was the big reason the Mustangs swept the sprint relays, running their best time of the outdoor season in the 400 (43.01) and going 1:31.51 in the 800.
“I’m pretty happy about everything right now,” Forbes said. “I’m just ready for sectionals and state.”
So are Providence’s big guns. The Celtics were a close third in the team race with 110 points, trailing Loyola (120) and St. Ignatius (110), behind big days from Andy Jatis, Luis Vasquez and Mike Monroe.
A year after the Celtics’ Chad Weaver cleared a meet-record 15 feet, 6 inches to win the pole vault, Jatis kept the title in the Providence family by going a personal-best 15-1.
“It definitely helped me a lot seeing a kid every day at practice going 15 feet,” Jatis said. “When you get to bigger meets, you’re used to seeing that so you’re not as nervous going up against that type of kids.”
Vasquez won the 300 hurdles in a season-best 40.52 and ran a leg on the Celtics’ first-place 1,600 relay team, which set a season-best at 3:28.76. Monroe also was on that team after winning the high jump with a 6-4 clear.
“I guess I’m a little better at it this year,” Monroe said of running the relay leg. “I’m mostly trying to help these guys get downstate. I love the 4-by-4. It’s a good race; I’m glad I can run something.”
The win aside, he wasn’t too pleased with his other event.
“I’ve been coming out of a slump lately and today was not my day,” Monroe said. “I know my time’s coming. I’m just waiting for it.”
Providence also got a first in the discus from sophomore Tyler Schiemann (154-10), who won by more than 14 feet.
Fourth-place Brother Rice (90) had a win from Alex Rodriguez in the 400 (50.57), while fifth-place St. Rita (81) also got a title from Eric Walker in the 110 hurdles (14.69).
Mount Carmel was sixth (57) and had a first from AJ Deurig in the shot put (50-7). De La Salle (35) finished seventh and St. Laurence (17) was 11th.