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.
IC Catholic Knights
Coach: Bob Cronin
Jordan Rowell fr. sprints, jumps
Silvestre Saucedo sr. sprints
Outlook: Senior Silvestre Saucedo is back from the 4x400-meter relay that qualified for state in Class 1A last year. However, he is the only returner from that relay.
Freshman Jordan Rowell has had some strong early season results in the 100, high jump and long jump. He earned some time as a running back on the varsity football team in the fall and is translating that athleticism to the track.
Timothy Christian Trojans
Coach: John Vander Kamp
Joe Bishop jr. sprints
Andy Margason so. middle
Outlook: The Trojans have struggled to compete in the team standings in the Metro Suburban Conference, but do have a few noteworthy athletes.
Sophomore Andy Margason was fifth in the 880-yard run at the MSC indoor meet in March and could contend in middle distance races during the outdoor season. Junior Joe Bishop is a varsity returner in sprints and lends some meet experience to the Trojans.
Coach: Stan Reddel
Alex Bashqawi sr. middle distance
Josh Farrar sr. sprints, relays
Jarvis Grace-Hill sr. hurdles, relays
Emmett McCoy sr. high jump, shot put, relays
Nate Mroz sr. distance
Jeff Ostling sr. sprints, relays
Matt Plowman jr. middle distance, relays
Jack Sacksteder jr. sprints, relays
Reid Smith sr. jumps, pole vault
Outlook: The Dukes had high hopes for the state meet last year but managed just seven points at the state meet.
However, York has plenty of state experienced athletes coming back to make a more serious push for a state trophy.
All four runners from the 4x200-meter relay, Jack Sacksteder, Josh Farrar, Jeff Ostling and Emmett McCoy, are back. That relay was fourth in Class 3A last year and represented York’s best finish. The same foursome also ran the 4x100 at state last spring.
Cross country standouts Matt Plowman and Alex Bashqawi should give the distance relays a boost along with senior Jarvis Grace-Hill, who runs the 4x400 as well as the 300-meter hurdles. Another cross country runner, Nate Mroz, ran in the 1,600 at state last year.
Also of note is Reid Smith, a senior who was ninth in the state in the high jump last spring.
All that returning talent helped the Dukes more than double the point total of the nearest school in the indoor West Suburban Silver conference meet, which sets up York to have plenty of success in the outdoor season.