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Boys track and field preview: Siver, Beljung lead Glenbard North

Glenbard North

Coach: Mark Karwowski

Top returners:

Mitch Siver, sr. (throws)

Dominic Beljung, jr. (pole vault)

Cyris Parker, jr. (jumps)

Tyler Dixon, sr. (distance)

Jonathan Heideman, sr. (hurdles)

Markese Williams, sr. (jumps)

Devon Smith, jr. (jumps)

What to watch: The Panthers had a strong showing at the DuPage Valley Conference indoor meet and will look to carry that performance into the outdoor campaign.

The strength of the squad no doubt lies in the field events, with Mitch Siver and Dominic Beljung leading the way.

Siver placed second in the shot put at the DVC event while Beljung was runner-up in the pole vault. Cyris Parker is another athlete to keep an eye on. The junior came in third in the long jump and fourth in the triple jump.

Glenbard North had one state qualifier a year ago in Jordan Simmons, who has since graduated. Simmons finished fifth in the Class 3A 100-meter dash.

Glenbard West

Coach: Jon Schweighardt

Top returners:

Nate Hokenson, sr. (sprints, relays)

Paul Selman, jr. (relays)

Devonte Dillon, jr. (mid. distance, relays)

Nate Hall, sr. (mid. distance, relays)

Will Lindstrom, sr. (distance)

Alec Larsen, sr. (distance)

Brandon Bonifer, sr. (distance, relays)

What to watch: Last spring, the Hilltoppers qualified three out of four relays for the state meet, along with individual Mike Lederhouse, who has since graduated.

This time around, the squad has aspirations of possibly advancing all four relays to Eastern Illinois University.

Glenbard West finished sixth at the indoor conference meet with 39 points. Devonte Dillon was the lone individual champion with a first-place showing in the 400. The 4 x 400 relay was the runner-up while the 4 x 200 came in third.

West Chicago

Coach: Paul McLeland

Top returners:

Tim Linhardt, sr. (mid. distance)

Sean Young, jr. (sprints)

Akshay Patel, sr. (hurdles)

Alex Celmer, jr. (throws)

Eddy Rubio, sr. (jumps)

Hunter Cerny, sr. (relays)

Chance Coats, sr. (relays)

What to watch: With lower numbers than the rest of the DuPage Valley Conference field, West Chicago’s biggest goal is improvement throughout the spring.

At the DVC indoor meet, Eddy Rubio led the Wildcats with a fifth-place finish in the high jump while Tim Linhardt was seventh in the 800-meter run.

West Chicago also expects to receive contributions from a pair of sophomores in James Kubik and John Kulikowski.

“We didn’t qualify anybody for state last year,” the coach said. “At the least, we’d like to qualify somebody. Tim in the 800 is one of our best shots for it.”

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