On Saturday May 7th, Collinsville will host a meet for the ages. 82-degree weather will greet Cahokia and Edwardsville, both looking to repeat as state champions (2A and 3A). East St. Louis has historically dominated the state of Illinois winning 15 state championships. This might be the year East St. Louis reasserts its dominance. Oh, by the way, Lyons Township will attend Collinsville. Why Do Birds Fly South? Lyons won the Wanner Invite at Prospect last week and scored a whopping 155 points at Sectional last year. Lyons Township have milers who have run 4:20, 4:21, and 4:22. Marion may be the 2nd best team in 2A. Throw in Patton Seagraves’ perennial relay powerhouse Belleville West (41.97 in 4×1 this year) and you have a meet better than most state meets.
Ja’Mari will be there.
A.J. Epenesa will be there.
Sam Sikon will be there.
High-flying Darryl Sullivan of Marion we be there.
Travis Anderson vs. William Session for the first time this year.
East St. Louis will blow up the relays.
Can Adam Nelson of Triad beat Ja’Mari again?
Track fans don’t have to wait until Saturday to experience the #GoldenEra of track and field in Illinois.
Lockport Bill Jackson Invite tonight, Friday, May 6th.
Last year John O’Malley’s crew ran 7:42.03 and everyone returns!
Sandburg won the IHSA Cross Country Championship last fall placing 3-12-14-22-28. At one time, Sandburg was ranked #1 in the nation.
Lockport is an ABC meet. Check out Sandburg’s three entries in the mile.
- C – Tom Brennan 4:25
- B – Brandon Lucas 4:22
- A – Sean Torpy 4:08
Oh, and by the way, Sandburg has a sprinter too. Ayo Abiona is a 10.71 sprinter.
#SpeedKills and Derrius Rodgers is one of the state’s best. How about his 10.63 in the 100 and 21.55 in the 200? Rodgers is ranked #3 in the state in both sprints behind Josh Eiker and Ja’Mari Ward.
Nothing better than building a team around a top sprinter and a top thrower. Lockport’s John Meyer has thrown the shot 63’0 and the discus 177’9″. However 177’9″ may not win tonight. Tim McCloyn of Huntley has thrown 184’2″. By the way, Tim McCloyn was on Huntley’s all-state 4×1 team last year and will play linebacker for ISU next year. #MultiSport #SpeedKills
Maybe the Lockport meet does not have a 53’7″ triple jumper but Luther Newburn of Hillcrest has triple jumped 49’9″, high jumped 6’7″, and long jumped 22’4″.
For the 2nd year in a row, Hillcrest is seeded #1 in the A, B, and C 100 meter. Times of 10.60, 10.80, and 10.90 can not be verified anywhere. How can this continue to happen? I ranted about Hillcrest last year but didn’t mention them by name. Seed-Time Rants and the Abolition of Prelims.
Interesting, Collinsville made coaches enter the “when and where” next to seed times for the 100, 200, and 400. You can’t have a good meet when coaches submit false seed times in May.
We have a deep team, well-designed for ABC meets. I’d like to think we are in contention to win the Bill Jackson Invite. We won the #TrackTown championship last week and seem happy & healthy, which is rare after the grind of April. Our 4×1 and 4×4 are both seeded first in the strong Lockport field and our 4×2 is ready to bust out. Jack Sebok may challenge the 4:20 barrier in the 1600.
I’ve never seen 75 degree weather at Lockport, so track fans better keep an eye on the results.