Charleston, Ill --- Jamison Dale (Jones College Prep, Chicago Ill) used an old school approach to get himself ready for the balmy weather at O’Brien Field Friday morning. All during the week, Dale and his teammates trained in full sweats to get themselves acclimated to weather that they would be running in this weekend at the state meet.
“We were running up and down the lake front in Chicago and people were giving us weird looks,” Dale said. “We are pretty happy with the way we prepared for this heat.”
And it worked.
In his qualifying heat of the 1600 Meter run, Dale led Will Brewster (Central, Grayslake ill) take the pace through the first 800 meters. Right after that point, Dale took over and with Brewster, opened up a 5 second led approaching the bell lap. With about 450 meters to go, Dale made a surge. Brewster at that point looked back to see what kind of gap he had. It was big and decided to fight the battle on Saturday. Dale’s final 63 second lap brought him home in 4:15.97 and a new 2A record. Brewster broke the record in that heat running 4:18.13.
“I went out in perfect pace, exactly as we wanted,” Dale continued. “We ran negative splits. It worked out phenomenal. It was a great race.”
It sets up a great matchup in this race tomorrow with two time cross country champion Michael Clevenger (MacArthur, Decatur Ill), who ran 4:19.77 to win his heat. “I am looking forward tomorrow. It is going to be one of the biggest days in my running career at MacArthur.”
The two will meet up early in the day on Saturday in the 3200 Meter Run.
~~ The team battle ~~
Cahokia led all schools with most qualifiers advanced to Saturday’s final with 12. Glenbard South is the next closest with 9, five schools are tied with six qualifiers.
Cahokia does have some work to do if they want to repeat their team title. Chris Moore and Gary Hickman are currently in fourth and ninth in the Long Jump. Moore is currently in second in the Triple Jump with teammate Jalon Monigan eleventh. The Comanches did one other setback in their 4 x 100 Meter Relay just missed qualifying for the finals.
Cahokia did have some great things happen for them. Darren Payton broke the 800 Meter 2A record set by Michael Simon (Springfield Ill) last year. Payton just edged out Mark Pedziwiatr (Lincoln-Way West, New Lenox Ill) 1:54.84 – 1:54.95. Cahokia had the fastest qualifying time in the 4 x 800 Meter Relay (7:49.76), 4 x 400 Meter Relay (3:20.15), and second in the 4 x 200 Meter Relay (1:29.19).
Glenbard South will make things interesting for Cahokia. The Raiders have the fastest qualifying time in the 4 x 200 Meter Relay (1:29.09), along with qualifying their 4x1 (42.56) and their 4x8 (7:53.74). Elven Walker qualified in both hurdle races. Nick Boesso qualified in the shot. South did have some close calls. John Wold missed qualifying in the 800 Meter Run by 2 hundredths of a second. Torey Fobbs missed making the Shot Put final by one inch.
~~ One more record ~~
There was one more record set in the 2A morning session on the track. Jacksonville smashed the 2A record of Rock Island (42.27) running a 41.91 to have the top qualifying time. Jacksonville may sneak up on the trophy stand. They have the top 2 times in the 100 Meter Dash ( Reggie Bratton – 10.85, Nick Schippel – 10.93) along with qualifying two to the 200 Meter final.
~~ It just was not meant to be ~~
Joseph Jones (Plano, Ill) settled into the blocks of the third heat of the 110 Meter Hurdles having the fastest sectional time. The gun went immediately followed by another. Jones stood by the first hurdle with his head leaned down on it. He knew what was going to happen. After a three minute officials deliberation, they determined that his leg twitched before the gun went off. He was disqualified from the race.
He walked back to the tent, shaking his head while he looked at the ground and then immediately came back to the blocks for the first heat of the 100 Meter Dash. He ran 11.41 to place sixth in his heat. His day ended when he was the tenth qualifier in the 200 Meter Dash just missing qualifying by one place.
“I kind of hurt my leg during a workout on the track on Tuesday. But that is not an excuse for what happened today,” Jones said after his 200. “It did not effect the DQ. And when I ran the 100, my head was still thinking about the DQ.”
~~ Other news and notes ~~
Caleb Fricke (PORTA, Petersburg Ill) had the longest throw in the preliminary competition of the Discus. His throw of 188-2 set a new 2A record previously held by Brendan Duncan (Waterloo, Ill) at last year’s state meet. Duncan is currently third in the event, almost 16 feet behind Fricke
The pack is bunched up in the Long Jump. The first four places are separated by three inches which will make Saturday’s final fun to watch. Travon Diggins (Galesburg, Ill) jumped 22-3 for the lead.
It will be a dog fight in the Shot Put. Sectional leader Joshua Augusta (Peoria, Ill) hold a one foot lead over Tyler Roche (Triad, Troy Ill). Joel Valdivia (Central, Grayslake Ill) is one half inch behind Roche.
Devin Valentine (Freeport, Ill) has the lead heading into the finals of the Triple Jump. The sophomore jumped 46-8 for a half foot lead over pre meet favorite Chris Moore (Cahokia, Ill).