The goal for track and field athletes is to compete at the state meet. Those goals are already in motion as the gun has gone off on the 2013 outdoor season.
Coach: Norman Dean
Tavaris Binion, sr. (sprints)
Manny Dunleavy, sr. (hurdles, relays)
Zach Guritz, sr. (throws)
What to watch: Sprints should be a particular strength for the Hornets, who see 2012 100-meter dash state champion Tavaris Binion return to the fold. Binion was also a state medalist in the 200 dash (fifth).
Binion has shown that he is already in fine form as he captured the 55 dash title at the West Suburban Gold indoor meet, South’s final indoor meet of the winter. He also joined Jake Czjakowski, Greg Danielson and Jawahnn Downing on the winning 4 x 160 and 4 x 400 relays.
Zach Guritz was a conference champ in shot put, and Manny Dunleavy earned two all-conference finishes at the WSG indoor as he placed second in both the high and low hurdles. Danielson was third in the low hurdles.
When the outdoor season begins Saturday at Hinsdale Central’s Hinsdale Relays, the field events could be as strong as the races on the track. In addition to Guritz, who will also throw discus during the outdoor season, Malik Gordon (high jump, long jump) should help score points.
The Hornets compete in two invites at Downers Grove South (April 13 and 19) and host their own invite April 26. The two DGS invites in particular will go a long way to helping the Hornets achieve the first of their two main goals.
“Downers South is the strongest team to beat in conference,” coach Norman Dean said. “We host outdoor conference and hope to challenge for the title, and we hope to have a lot of qualifiers for the state meet at the end of the season.”
Coach: Jim Kupres
Nkemjika Nwosu, jr. (jumps)
Mike Korompilas, sr. (mid. distance, relays)
Gideon Ticho, sr. (sprints)
What to watch: A slew of seniors that qualified for state last spring (Dan Hinspeter, Ryan Callen, Ted Owens, Neil Pedersen and Jack Feldman) have moved on.
Junior jumper Nkemjika Nwosu and senior Mike Korompilas, a member of last year’s state-qualifying 4 x 800-meter relay, are the only team members with 2012 state experience, but the Red Devils have the potential to improve as the outdoor season progresses.
The Red Devils had three third-place finishes at the West Suburban Silver indoor meet from junior James Benak (40 feet, 11 inches in triple jump), junior Kevin Huang in the 1,600 run (4:32.30) and the 4 x 800 relay of Korompilas, Huang and seniors Jack Keller and Ryan Somerfield (8:09.85). Gideon Ticho notched a fourth-place finish in the 400 dash at the WSS meet.
Benak and Nwosu give Central some depth in field events, as do senior throwers Nick Piker and James Strand-Jordan, who finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in shot put at the conference indoor meet.