Marengo’s Finn Schirmer turned in one of the greatest performances in IHSA Boys Track and Field State Meet history May 25.
The Indians’ junior scored 36 points in four individual events, winning three Class 2A races and taking fourth in another at Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Stadium. Combined with teammate Aaron Shepard’s fourth place in the high jump, Marengo took second as a team.
Schirmer won the 100 meters, the 110 high hurdles and the 300 intermediate hurdles. He finished fourth in the 200 by 0.12 seconds.
The area's only other male athlete to win even two titles in a state meet was Cary-Grove’s Josh Freeman, who won the 3A discus and shot put in 2012.
Schirmer was the overwhelming choice for Northwest Herald Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year by the sports staff for a second straight year.
Schirmer currently has one scholarship offer, from Eastern Illinois University for football, but more are sure to start rolling in for football, track or both.
Schirmer talks about music, track and various other topics in these questions from Northwest Herald sports writer Joe Stevenson.
What musical act would you most like to see this summer?
Schirmer: “Hamilton,” it’s a great show.
You had a prominent role in Marengo’s musical, “The Addams Family.” If you were doing karaoke, what song would you pick?
Schirmer: “Selfish,” by Jeremy Zucker.
What sport would you not be good at?
Schirmer: Golf. I would be and am a terrible golfer.
I’m working at a sub shop and taking your lunch order, what are you getting?
Schirmer: Wheat bread, with bacon, lettuce, American cheese, black olives and cucumbers, toasted.
Who is the most famous person you have taken a picture with?
Schirmer: Zach Miller and Akiem Hicks.
What is your favorite wild animal?
Schirmer: Manatee. For no particular reason, they're just cool.
What are three of your favorite sports movies?
Schirmer: “Remember the Titans,” “Glory Road” and “Rudy.”
What was the last really good book you read?
Schirmer: “The Great Gatsby,” it was for a school project.
How many calls or texts a day do you get from college coaches on the average?
Schirmer: I would say at least two or three texts and maybe one call a day.
Do you alternate lead legs on the 300 intermediate hurdles?
Schirmer: I do alternate legs, although it’s not ideal. I think it’s important being able to alternate just in case.
What track and field event do you consider the most difficult to do?
Schirmer: The 400 dash and 400 hurdles (in college). They are both great races, but they are tough.
What would be your dream job?
Schirmer: I would love to coach college track and field. That would be a dream come true.
What song on your playlist would surprise people?
Schirmer: I listen to everything, but I think a song that would surprise people is “Matters to Me” by Faith Hill.
What is one of your biggest pet peeves?
Schirmer: When someone uses the incorrect “your” for “you’re.”
What superhero power would you like to have, and what would be your superhero name?
Schirmer: A superhero power I’d like to have is super strength so I can lift big-boy weight. My superhero name would be “Professor Strength.”