Track

High school boys track and field: Dundee-Crown's relays, Cary-Grove's Petko win multiple 3A state medals

Cary-Grove's Jason Petko competes in the IHSA Class 3A discus during Saturday's state finals in Charleston. Petko medaled in the shot put and discus.
Cary-Grove's Jason Petko competes in the IHSA Class 3A discus during Saturday's state finals in Charleston. Petko medaled in the shot put and discus.

CHARLESTON – With each race over the past few weeks, Dundee-Crown’s 4x100- and 4x200-meter relay teams got faster, set school records and gained confidence.

The Chargers figured they had realistic chances at qualifying for the Class 3A finals at the IHSA Boys Track and Field State Meet. Yet on Saturday at Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Stadium, D-C surpassed its own expectations.

The 4x100 team of Jason Miller, Alex Miller, Meante Foster and Dylan Becker took third place, then the 4x200 team of Becker, Trevor Fed, Alex Miller and Jason Miller grabbed fourth place, knocking almost half a second off its qualifying time from Friday.

“It’s better than our intentions,” Becker said. “Our intentions were to just come out and run, and the results are a lot better than we anticipated.”

Chargers coach Matt D’Angelo agreed.

“Beyond our wildest dreams,” D’Angelo said. “We went in thinking, ‘Maybe we can get in the top five in both.’ We just kept getting better and better. These guys came through in the end.”

The third- and fourth-place finishes are the best in Fox Valley Conference history for the state sprint relays. Huntley previously had a third in the 4x100 and seventh in the 4x200 in 2015.

“It was incredible,” Jason Miller said. “I’m just proud of my guys. We came out and wanted to run our race and focus on us. I couldn’t be happier.”

The 4x200 team ran 1:28.24 to qualify Friday, then ran 1:27.76 in the finals. Becker is the only senior in that group.

“Fourth place ain’t too bad for running 1:33 a couple years ago,” Becker said. “Just to make sure, I tried to make the record as hard as possible to break for the team next year.”

Other local athletes to earn Class 3A medals were Cary-Grove’s Jason Petko (shot put and discus), Crystal Lake Central’s Jack Munn (discus) and Prairie Ridge’s Grant Jensen (800). Petko and Jensen repeated as state medalists.

In Class 2A, Marengo’s Finn Schirmer won the 110 high hurdles, 100 meters and 300 intermediate hurdles, and took fourth in the 200. He and teammate Aaron Shepard, who was fourth in the high jump, took second in 2A as a team.

Other local medalists in Class 2A were Marian Central’s Ryan Jones (3,200, 1,600) and Woodstock North’s Elijah Pena (triple jump).

Munn topped his career-best throw by more than 11 feet, going 175 feet, 8 inches, to take fourth in the 3A discus, 3 inches ahead of Petko in fifth.

“It might have been the prep,” Munn said. “Last night I ate an entire 16-inch pizza, which I have not done in probably five years. The wind kind of helped and everything worked out. That was awesome.”

Petko took fifth in discus and ninth in shot put. He was seventh in the discus last year.

“I wish it was a little better, but I can’t complain with two state medals,” Petko said. “That’s what I’ve been working for for four years. I’m pretty happy with that.”

Jones kicked hard in the final lap of the 2A 3,200 to move up to fifth place, then held on for another medal later in the 1,600.

“It was a really good day,” Jones said. “I really liked my time (9:39.39) in the 3,200. I was a little tired in the 1,600, but I PR’d yesterday in that race and I’m happy with that. It’s been a wonderful state meet.”

Pena was eighth heading into the 2A triple jump finals and went 44-3 on his second jump to move up three spots.

“I was very glad to get the opportunity to go to the finals and prove I do belong here and could compete,” Pena said. “I knew on my second phase how close I was (to the pit) and when I landed, I remembered at sectional I was around the same spot in the pit, so I was happy with that (44-3) jump. I want to go home, get some work done and come back here and compete next year.”

RESULTS

Class 2A State Meet

(Top nine places medal)

Local finals results

3,200 meters: 5. Ryan Jones (Marian Central) 9:39.39, 12. Peter Walsdorf (MC) 9:58.90.

110 high hurdles: 1. Schirmer (Marengo) 14.22.

100 meters: 1. Schirmer (Mgo) 10.62.

300 int. hurdles: 1. Schirmer (Mgo) 37.71.

1,600 meters: 9. Jones (Marian Central) 4:31.00.

200 meters: 4. Schirmer (Mgo) 21.66.

Discus: 12. Kyle Curran (R-B) 148-3.

High jump: 4 Aaron Shepard (Mgo) 6-6.

Long jump: 12. Austin Zieman (WN) 21-1.

Triple jump: 5. Pena (WN) 44-3..

Class 3A

(Top nine places medal)

4x800 relay: 12. Huntley (Jeremy Roe, Chris Simek, Ian Geisler, Jadon Conroy) 7:56.58.

4x100 relay: 3. Dundee-Crown (Becker, Meante Foster, A. Miller, J. Miller) 42.20.

3,200 meters: 13. Keegan Smalley (CL Central) 9:31.98.

800 meters: 9. Grant Jensen (Prairie Ridge) 1:57.52, 10. Ethan Baker (PR) 1:59.15.

4x200 relay: 4. Dundee-Crown (Becker, Trevor Fed, A. Miller, J. Miller) 1:27.76.

Shot put: 9. Jason Petko (CG) 56-0.25.

Discus: 4. Jack Munn (CL Central) 175-8, 5. Jason Petko (Cary-Grove) 175-5.

Wheelchair Division

Shot put: 1. Angel Martin (Johnsburg) 14-3.5.

Discus: 1. Martin (Jbg) 28-0.

100 meters: 5. Martin (Jbg) 29.74.

200 meters: 4. Martin (Jbg) 1:04.33.

CHARLESTON – With each race over the last few weeks, Dundee-Crown’s 4x100- and 4x200-meter relay teams got faster, set school records and gained confidence.

The Chargers figured they had realistic chances at qualifying for the Class 3A finals at the IHSA Boys Track and Field State Meet. Yet on Saturday at Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Stadium, D-C surpassed its own expectations.

The 4x100 team of Jason Miller, Alex Miller, Meante Foster and Dylan Becker took third place, then the 4x200 team of Becker, Trevor Fed, Alex Miller and Jason Miller grabbed fourth place, knocking almost half a second off its qualifying time from Friday.

“It’s better than our intentions,” Becker said. “Our intentions were to just come out and run, and the results are a lot better than we anticipated.”

Chargers coach Matt D’Angelo agreed.

“Beyond our wildest dreams,” D’Angelo said. “We went in thinking, ‘Maybe we can get in the top five in both.’ We just kept getting better and better. These guys came through in the end.”

The third- and fourth-place finishes are the best in Fox Valley Conference history for the state sprint relays. Huntley previously had a third in the 4x100 and seventh in the 4x200 in 2015.

“It was incredible,” Jason Miller said. “I’m just proud of my guys. We came out and wanted to run our race and focus on us. I couldn’t be happier.”

The 4x200 team ran 1:28.24 to qualify Friday, then ran 1:27.76 in the finals. Becker is the only senior in that group.

“Fourth place ain’t too bad for running 1:33 a couple years ago,” Becker said. “Just to make sure, I tried to make the record as hard as possible to break for the team next year.”

Other local athletes to earn Class 3A medals were Cary-Grove’s Jason Petko (shot put and discus), Crystal Lake Central’s Jack Munn (discus) and Prairie Ridge’s Grant Jensen (800).

Petko and Jensen repeated as state medalists.

In Class 2A, Marengo’s Finn Schirmer won the 110 high hurdles, 100 meters and 300 intermediate hurdles, and took fourth in the 200. He and teammate Aaron Shepard, who was fourth in the high jump, took second in 2A as a team.

Other local medalists in Class 2A were Marian Central’s Ryan Jones (3,200, 1,600) and Woodstock North’s Elijah Pena (triple jump).

Munn topped his career-best throw by more than 11 feet, going 175 feet, 8 inches, to take fourth in the 3A discus, 3 inches ahead of Petko in fifth.

“It might have been the prep,” Munn said. “Last night I ate an entire 16-inch pizza, which I have not done in probably five years. The wind kind of helped and everything worked out. That was awesome.”

Petko took fifth in discus and ninth in shot put. He was seventh in the discus last year.

“I wish it was a little better, but I can’t complain with two state medals,” Petko said. “That’s what I’ve been working for for four years. I’m pretty happy with that.”

Jones kicked hard in the final lap of the 2A 3,200 to move up to fifth place, then held on for another medal later in the 1,600.

“It was a really good day,” Jones said. “I really liked my time (9:39.39) in the 3,200. I was a little tired in the 1,600, but I PR’d yesterday in that race and I’m happy with that. It’s been a wonderful state meet.”

Pena was eighth heading into the 2A triple jump finals and went 44-3 on his second jump to move up three spots.

“I was very glad to get the opportunity to go to the finals and prove I do belong here and could compete,” Pena said. “I knew on my second phase how close I was (to the pit) and when I Elijah landed, I remembered at sectional I was around the same spot in the pit, so I was happy with that (44-3) jump. I want to go home, get some work done and come back here and compete next year.”

Class 2A State Meet

(Top nine places medal)

Local finals results

3,200 meters: 5. Ryan Jones (Marian Central) 9:39.39, 12. Peter Walsdorf (MC) 9:58.90.

110 high hurdles: 1. Schirmer (Marengo) 14.22.

100 meters: 1. Schirmer (Mgo) 10.62.

300 int. hurdles: 1. Schirmer (Mgo) 37.71.

1,600 meters: 9. Jones (Marian Central) 4:31.00.

200 meters: 4. Schirmer (Mgo) 21.66.

Discus: 12. Kyle Curran (R-B) 148-3.

High jump: 4 Aaron Shepard (Mgo) 6-6.

Long jump: 12. Austin Zieman (WN) 21-1.

Triple jump: 5. Pena (WN) 44-3..

Class 3A State Meet

(Top nine places medal)

4x800 relay: 12. Huntley (Jeremy Roe, Chris Simek, Ian Geisler, Jadon Conroy) 7:56.58.

4x100 relay: 3. Dundee-Crown (Becker, Meante Foster, A. Miller, J. Miller) 42.20.

3,200 meters: 13. Keegan Smalley (CL Central) 9:31.98.

800 meters: 9. Grant Jensen (Prairie Ridge) 1:57.52, 10. Ethan Baker (PR) 1:59.15.

4x200 relay: 4. Dundee-Crown (Becker, Trevor Fed, A. Miller, J. Miller) 1:27.76.

Shot put: 9. Jason Petko (CG) 56-0.25.

Discus: 4. Jack Munn (CL Central) 175-8, 5. Jason Petko (Cary-Grove) 175-5.

Wheelchair Division

Shot put: 1. Angel Martin (Johnsburg) 14-3.5.

Discus: 1. Martin (Jbg) 28-0.

100 meters: 5. Martin (Jbg) 29.74.

200 meters: 4. Martin (Jbg) 1:04.33.

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