The starting gun has gone off on the boys outdoor track season, but the finish line is still off in the distance as most teams have had just a pair of outdoor meets. The end goal is to make it to the state meet in Charleston during the last weekend of May. Here's a look at what to expect from area boys track and field teams as they push toward the state finals.
Coach: Marcus McKinley
Eric Chlumecky sr. sprints
Jeremy Carlisle jr. sprints
Salvatore Flight jr. distance
Brixton Rill sr. distance
Distance runners Salvatore Flight and Brixton Rill may represent Fenwick's best chance at a state qualifier in Class 2A. Flight won the 800-meter run at the Chicago Catholic League Indoor Championships and took third in the 1,600. Rill was third in the 3,200.
Lyons Township Lions
Coach: Mike Danner
Trevor Edgerton jr. sprints
Matt Grider sr. relays, high jump
Alex Lima jr. 800
Dan Lupano sr. distance
Ed McCarter sr. 800
Jimmy Rhode sr. 400, high jump
Brendan Swinehart jr. relays
The Lions lost plenty of standout athletes from a year ago, but also bring back seven athletes than ran at state last year.
LT qualified all four relays to state and brings back multiple runners in each one. Three of those runners, Alex Lima, Ed McCarter and Jimmy Rhode, also qualified in individual events.
Trevor Edgerton competed in the 4 x 100-meter and 4 x 200 relays. Matt Grider and Brendan Swinehart will likely run in both relays this season.
Dan Lupano ran in the 4 x 800 a year ago and should make for a strong relay with 800-meter state returners McCarter and Lima. Like Lupano, seniors Henry Hostettler and James Ryan had strong seasons for the cross country team and should boost LT's distance events.
Coach: Rob Anderson
Kevion Anderson sr. throws
Allan Casallo sr. pole vault
Kyle Duffek jr. throws
Mateo Hernandez sr. distance
Malik LaMothe sr. jumps
Chris Zavala jr. distance
The Mustangs return two individual state qualifiers and had three indoor conference champions last month.
Mateo Hernandez earned both distinctions by winning the 3,200-meter run at the indoor West Suburban Gold meet and running in the 1,600 at state last year. Senior pole vaulter Allan Casallo returns after vaulting at state.
Junior Chris Zavala (800) and Edwin Renteria (400) were also indoor conference champs.
The distance runners should be a strength of the team once again. Zavala ran as part of the 4 x 800 relay that ran at state last spring, and Hernandez should be a contender in every race.
Another strength of the team should be throws, where Kevion Anderson and Kyle Duffek should rack up plenty of points throughout the season.
Senior Malik LaMothe will also boost the field events as a jumper and will contribute to sprint events and relays.
"Our goals for the year are to win outdoor conference and qualify several individuals and relay teams for the state track meet," coach Rob Anderson said.
Coach: Casey Moran
Patrick Kilcommons jr. throws
Mike Owens jr. throws
Cody Roll sr. hurdles
The Roadrunners don't bring back any state qualifiers. Junior shot putters Patrick Kilcommons and Mike Owens and senior hurdler Cody Roll have had some of the better early season results for Nazareth.
Riverside Brookfield Bulldogs
Coach: Tim Olson
Dan Curtin sr. 800, 1600
Kevin Faje sr. 3200
Gerrand Moody sr. hurdles, 4x400
Lewis Rogers sr. hurdles, 4x400
Four seniors lead the way for the Bulldogs, but there is plenty of depth on the team.
Football players Gerrand Moody and Lewis Rogers were state qualifiers a year ago and distance runners Dan Curtin and Kevin Faje are hoping to follow suit this season.
"All four have state qualifying aspirations," coach Tim Olson said. "Lewis and Gerrand qualified for state last year. Lewis has already run better in both hurdles events and the 400 than he did last year."
Rogers and Moody were a part of the 4 x 400-meter relay that ran at Class 3A state last season. Junior Matt Chapp ran as part of that relay at state, but fellow juniors Marvin McKenzie and Mike McCabe are right there in the mix for that relay. The competition within that group has them ahead of last year's pace at this point in the season.
"They're constantly trying to one up each other," Olson said.
Basketball standout Jack VandeMerkt has a good chance of making it to state in the high jump.
Junior Louis Grigoletti, who is drawing attention from Division I football programs, looks to be strong in throws as well.
RB won the Metro Suburban Conference last year, but Glenbard South appears to be one of the strongest teams in the area, having won the Proviso East Midwest Classic on March 29 against quality Class 3A competition.
"Glenbard was the favorite last year and we were able to surprise them," Olson said. "I feel like we have a stronger team than last year, but I think Glenbard is [also] stronger."